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Athlon's Mike Bainbridge reports that Fresno State sophomore RB Ronnie Rivers (Lisfranc) is likely to redshirt in 2018.

Rivers (5'8/175) was seen as a possible starter prior to his spring foot injury. If Rivers' 2018 season is indeed already over, Jordan Mims and Josh Hokit would both be the beneficiaries of more touches.
May 9 - 5:40 PM

Fresno State has shifted redshirt senior Michiah Quick to receiver.

Quick began his career at Oklahoma as a receiver. He moved to cornerback before he was booted off the Sooners in November 2016. He transferred to Fresno State, sat out a season, and is now back at his original position. The former four-star recruit is expected to take Da’Mari Scott's spot in the starting lineup. Scott signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent after last week's draft ended.
Source: Fresno Bee
May 2 - 9:14 PM

Redshirt freshman RB Romello Harris transferred from Washington State to Fresno State.

Harris (5'9/182) redshirted his freshman season in Pullman, and now the tailback will return closer to home. A three-star commit in 2017, Harris will have to sit out the 2018 season, and then be eligible for the 2019 campaign.
Source: Fresno Bee
May 1 - 4:57 PM

Fresno State sophomore RB Ronnie Rivers will be out 6-to-8 months with a lower leg injury.

Rivers (5'8/175) ran for 480 yards for the surprising Bulldogs in 2017, and he average 4.8 yards a carry during his freshman campaign. If he's back in six months, he'll likely return in November. If he's back in eight, it's curtains for his 2018 campaign. Because Fresno State returns Jordan Mims and Josh Hoskit, we wouldn't be surprised if Rivers took a medical redshirt season. That bodes well for their running back depth in the future, but it doesn't help them as they try to repeat their 10-win season in 2018.
Source: Fresno Bee
Apr 21 - 7:15 PM

Fresno State promoted LB coach Bert Watts to defensive coordinator.

The Bulldogs were in need of a new defensive coordinator after Orlondo Steinauer jumped to the Canadian Football League near the end of February. Watts was initially hired on staff as linebackers coach in December of 2016. He's not completely raw to the coordinator job, having worked as DC at UC Davis for four campaigns prior to joining Jeff Tedford's sideline.
Mar 14 - 2:54 PM

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL hired Fresno State DC Orlondo Steinauer.

Steinauer worked as defensive coordinator with the Ticats from 2013-16, with Fresno State hiring him last December. After one year on the job in California -- his lone year of FBS coaching to date -- he's heading back to Canada to work once more with Ticats HC June Jones. This leaves the Bulldogs in something of a late lurch. Fresno State will start running spring practices on March 12. Expect them to name a new defensive coordinator in relatively short order.
Feb 23 - 10:27 AM

Fresno State signed uncommitted four-star 2018 C Tyrone Sampson.

Better late than never? Believe it or not, Sampson actually planned on signing with Syracuse in December and enrolling early with the Orange. He had been committed to the program for eight months before having a last-minute change of heart. Ole Miss and Nebraska then emerged as fresh options for the 6-foot-3, 304-pounder, but scheduled official visits to those programs in the lead-up to National Signing Day were ultimately canceled, leaving Sampson up in the air when the remainder of the 2018 class signed with their respective programs on Feb. 7. Fresno State entered the fray late and hey, what do you know, they gain a four-star center, now. Not too shabby for HC Jeff Tedford and company. He's got a nasty temperament on the field to pair with rock-solid fundamentals and technique.
Source: Rivals
Feb 17 - 12:38 PM

Fresno State junior WR KeeSean Johnson hauled in eight passes for 95 yards in a 33-27 victory over Houston in the Hawaii Bowl on Sunday.

Johnson (6'2/200) wasn't able to find the end zone, but there's no way the Bulldogs score as many points as they did without his efforts on Sunday. He goes over the thousand-yard mark with the effort, and he also went over 75 catches for good measure. Johnson isn't currently viewed as a potential draft-pick for the 2018 draft, which is good news for Fresno State, as he should be one of the best pass-catchers in the conference next season.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 12:27:00 AM

Fresno State redshirt junior QB Marcus McMaryion completed 33-of-48 passes for 342 yards and ran for two scores in a 33-27 victory over Houston in the Hawaii Bowl on Sunday.

This was one of McMaryion's best games of his career, and showed off his ability to make people miss with his feet, and impressive intermediate accuracy. Fresno State was one of the best stories of the year, going from 1-11 to a 10-win season and nearly a Mountain West Championship. He should be back as the Bulldogs starting quarterback, and with plenty of other talented players returning, they should be among the favorites to win the MWC in 2018.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Fresno State junior WR KeeSean Johnson hauled in five passes for 58 yards in a 17-14 loss to Boise State on Saturday in the Mountain West Championship game.

Johnson (6'2/200) went off against Boise State last week with two touchdowns and 119 yards, but was held in check in this one. It was clear that the Broncos weren't going to let the star wideout beat them, as he saw a safety over the top of him on almost every play. It's still a strong season from the wideout, and assuming he comes back, he'll be one of the top returning receivers in the MWC in 2018. He has a chance to go over a thousand yards with a strong showing in the Bulldog's bowl game.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt junior QB Marcus McMaryion completed 16-of-34 passes for 172 yards with an interception and ran for two touchdowns and 33 yards in a 17-14 loss to Boise State on Saturday in the MWC championship game.

McMaryion and the Bulldogs did their best and had the lead for most of the game, but just couldn't muster anything offensively in the second half. Boise State also did a much better job of keeping the junior quarterback in the pocket in the final 30 minutes, and that's clearly not McMaryion's strength. It's still a remarkable turnaround for the Bulldogs, and they'll be rewarded with a bowl game this December, possibly a return to Boise in the Famous Potato Bowl.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt junior WR KeeSean Johnson caught six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-17 win over Boise State.

Stellar work by the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson in this one. His true moment in the sun came when he hauled in an 81-yard rocket of a touchdown pass from Marcus McMaryion midway through the fourth quarter. This was his first 100-yard performance since he posted 105 yards receiving against New Mexico back on Oct. 14. On the whole, the redshirt junior is the owner of a 64-860-8 receiving line over the course of 12 games played. He'll try for a repeat of Saturday's showing in a rematch with the Broncos in the Mountain West Championship Game next weekend.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 07:43:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt junior QB Marcus McMaryion completed 23-of-36 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-17 win over Boise State.

Both of McMaryion's touchdown passes landed in the waiting arms of KeeSean Johnson, the first coming from five yards out with 11:03 remaining in the first quarter and the second coming on a long 78-yard completion to Johnson with 8:59 left in the game. That latter touchdown was the team's final offensive score of the contest. They would put the finishing touches on the nice win with a safety of Brett Rypien with under two minutes remaining to kill off any slim hope of a Broncos comeback. For his part, McMaryion has now thrown for 2,212 yards with a 14/3 TD/INT ratio over the course of 12 games played. The Bulldogs and Broncos will tango once more in just a matter of days, as they'll face off again in next weekend's Mountain West Championship Game.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt junior KeeSean Johnson caught six passes for 91 yards with two scores in a 31-21 victory over Hawaii on Saturday.

Johnson (6'2/200) has not been as big of factor in the Fresno State offense as he was early in the year, and these scores are his first trips to the end zone since October 14. His short four-yard score from Marcus McMaryion tied the game at 7-7, and his 16-yarder gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 31-7 lead late in the third quarter. Fresno State is one of the most improved teams in the country, in large part to improvement from players like Johnson. Fresno State has a big matchup with Wyoming next week.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 03:18:00 AM

Fresno State redshirt junior QB Marcus McMaryion completed 14-of-20 passes for 174 yards in a 20-13 victory over BYU on Saturday.

There were no offensive standouts in this one on either side, but McMaryion's efficiency was the key to the victory. That and the ineffective BYU offense, anyway. Even though he didn't have any scores, he kept the chains moving for the Bulldogs, and he set up two short rushing touchdowns for Fresno State to take the victory. McMaryion and the much-improved Fresno State have a date next week with Hawaii.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 01:06:00 AM


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