Five Newcomers to Watch in Fall Camp

WR Josh Harper

There is nothing like the first practice of fall camp. The incoming players, redshirts, and returning non-letter winners comprise most of the morning group of the near four-hour practice. For those who arrive early on Thursday for the start of practice, here are five newcomers to watch for that could make an impact in 2010…

Five to Watch

Victor Dean
Wide Receiver, Fr..
The 6-foot-6 wideout instantly becomes a nightmare matchup for WAC defenders. Dean not only has great size, but he also possesses 4.4 speed and superb leaping ability. With his tangibles, it will be hard to keep him off the field if he has a solid camp performance.

Edward Dillihunt
Safety, Fr.
He arrived earlier than the other incoming defensive backs to get a jump-start on the defensive playbook. He had some dreams of playing offense possibly slot receiver when he signed in February. But his spot is on defense. Fresno State head coach Pat Hill has compared him to former Bulldog safety James Sanders. Sanders, of course, was a freshman All-American selection in 2002. Dillihunt should hit the ground running. With his size, speed, and ability to cover, he could find a spot in nickel packages by game one.

Davon Dunn
Wide Receiver, Fr.
The son of former Bulldog All-American wide receiver David Dunn has all the tools to make an impact in every phase of the game. He's slated to play receiver and return kicks. However, he could probably start at cornerback as well. Dunn will likely get his first crack at kick and punt returner. The Bulldogs lose their top kick and punt returners from a year ago, Dunn could step right in and start at both on September 4.

Josh Harper
Wide Receiver, Fr.
With every Pac-10 school wanting him to commit this time last year, it's still hard to believe Fresno State landed the coveted receiver. Harper steps into great situation. The Bulldogs lack size at the receiver spot. Harper and Dean are the two biggest receivers on the roster. With Jamel Hamler moving the X, Harper should slide right in to play inside and become a big play threat.

Tracy Slocum
Running Back, Sr.
Fresno State recruited Slocum heavily in 2006, but he chose to sign with California while the Bulldogs inked Lonyae Miller and Anthony Harding. Miller and Harding have graduated and Slocum steps in. He won't be expected to fill Ryan Mathews' shoes, but Slocum will get every opportunity to be the power back in the offense. With a solid camp, he could push Robbie Rouse for the starting job. Slocum fits more the grinder Hill likes, and Rouse might be better as a changeup.

Worth Mentioning: WR Isaiah Burse, LB Lester Fontenette, WR Jalen Saunders, RB Emery Schexnayder, and S Derron Smith.

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