College Football Preview: The 2015 Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State Bulldogs Preview
2014 Record: 6-7
The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking for their young faces to contribute or this could be a long year.
Overview: The Derek Carr ERA ended in 2013 and the offense just wasn’t the same last season. This year the problem is youth and depth so things might get worse before they get better especially if the injury bug bites.
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Offense: The Bulldogs will be starting anew at quarterback with Zack Greenlee and his 41 passes being the ‘veteran’ among three suitors for the starting job and what we’ll see is a mystery. Who will the starter throw to with Aaron Peck (32-419) only one of the top four back at receiver. If a quarterback’s best friend is a solid running game then getting back leading rusher Marteze Waller (226-1368) is good news although he obviously will need help. Three lineman are back but All MWC RG Cody Wichmann is a big loss and any injuries could have the Bulldogs fielding a very young unit.
Defense: Todd Hunt saw significant time at defensive end and is far and away the most productive player back with 43.5 stops but this season the rotation will be young and will lack experience. The linebacking crew is the strength of the defense with Kyrie Wilson and Ejiro Ederaine combining for 19 TFL and three sacks with some quality depth. Corner Malcolm Washington logged 70 tackles, 5.5 TFL, two interceptions and seven passes defended to lead five returners in the secondary. The numbers say run ‘D’ might be the best part of the defensive side of the football.
Special Teams: Punter Garrett Swanson boots them high and gets plenty of fair catches while Kody Kroening went 9-14 on field goals and 45-46 on PAT’s. The Bulldogs need a kick and punt returner to emerge with nobody back.
Outlook: Somehow Fresno State won the West but doing that again with their youth and inexperience in 2015 might be too much to ask for but not in the near future when youth becomes experience.