Fresno State Bulldogs 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 3-9
Fresno State Bulldogs 2016 Preview
The Fresno State Bulldogs look for more offensive punch in 2016 to improve upon a dreadful 3-9 campaign.
Overview: Tim DeRuyter’s Bulldogs struggled to move the chains and find the endzone last season so new OC Eric Kiesau is tasked with improving an offense that averaged a mere 22 points and doesn’t feature much returning experience.
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Offense: The Bulldogs first order of business is finding a reliable quarterback with Chason Virgil the favorite with Cal transfer Zach Kline and Quentin Davis in the mix. The Fresno State passing attack wasn’t good last year with injuries and poor play under center but with receivers Jamire Jordan, KeeSean Johnson and a healthy Aaron Peck coming back improvement is expected. The Bulldogs strength in 2015 was running the ball but virtually everyone is gone and Dontel Jones might be the guy doing the heavy lifting on the ground although three starters on the O-Line are gone.
Defense: Much has been said about the Bulldogs lack of scoring punch but when the defense is giving up chunks of yards and 38 points per game there are defensive issues as well. Fresno State was weak against the run and couldn’t stop the pass despite a decent pass rush. The bad news is Todd Hunt and Claudell Louis took eleven TFL and 6.5 sacks to graduation so the defensive line has to be addressed which could be filled by several JUCO transfers. Jeff Camilli, James Bailey and Nela Otukolo lead a solid Fresno linebacking crew that has experience while corners Tyquwan Glass, Jamal Ellis and Washington State transfer Daquawn Brown give the secondary some threats. With new DC Lorenzo Ward and his 3-4 alignment the Bulldogs are hoping for more stopping power.
Special Teams: Fresno State needs a punter but placekicker Kody Kroening is back while Da’Mari Scott can handle both kick and punt returns.
Outlook: I think the coaching changes are a good thing and the Bulldogs won’t be going 3-9 but they won’t be going 9-3 either. Perhaps challenging for Bowl eligibility is a stretch but it’s not out of the question.
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