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Is Fresno State Going To Keep Running?

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Posted Mar 30, 2011


The Fresno State pass rush improved big-time in the last year … is that going to continue? Is there going to be even more of an emphasis on the ground game considering the talent returning? From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.


Spring 2011 - Key Questions

Fresno State

 
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: The Fresno State pass rush improved big-time in the last year … is that going to continue? Is there going to be even more of an emphasis on the ground game considering the talent returning?


From Mario Gomez, BarkBoard.com … Losing Chris Carter is going to affect the pass rush, but Fresno State returns All-WAC defensive tackle Logan Harrell, who was a pass rushing terror inside. At strong side defensive end, the Bulldogs return senior Donnie Pritchett and sophomore Nikko Motta, and each should be improved pass rushers in 2011. 6-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore Nat Harrison will occupy Carter’s weak side defensive end rushing spot. Harrison is quick, athletic and played well last year in reserve. Come fall, Harrison must battle 2011 highly touted recruits Donavon Lewis and Ronald Ussery to keep his starting spot. If one of those three can produce half of Carter's numbers this year, the pass rush will remain one of the conference’s best.

Despite returning 1,000-yard rusher Robbie Rouse and addition of UCLA transfer Milton Knox, the ground game will likely take a back seat to the Carr Show. Sophomore quarterback Derek Carr has been waiting his turn since arriving in the spring of 2009. Carr is the first signal caller since 2002 -- pre-injury Paul Pinegar -- with the ability to sling the rock all over the field and make the throws necessary to open up the offense. Even with 2010 leading receiver Jamel Hamler leaving early for the NFL Draft, plenty of good, fast wideouts return. Much like when Derek’s older brother, David Carr, threw for over 4,000 yards in 2001, expect Coach Pat Hill to open up the playbook.

Everyone in the 559 is anxious to see Carr this spring. He's had chemistry with wide receiver Devon Wylie since the Day One, but Wylie was forced to redshirt following a season-ending injury. On the positive side, he will get one year to play with Carr, and if he can stay healthy, his 4.25 speed and Carr's arm should create a dynamic duo.

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