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2003 PREVIEW: Fresno State Bulldogs

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While players and coaches won't necessarily say that last year was a success, going 9-5 and winning a bowl game is a major success while 1) overcoming injuries to several defensive players, 2) losing the star receiver/kick returner in the first game and 3) replacing a quarterback that just so happened to be the first pick in the NFL draft. After overcoming all the adversity, is poised to finally win the WAC (no, the Bulldogs didn't win with David Carr at the helm) with one of the nation's best offenses and a defense that shouldn't be too bad if it can stay healthy. Look out and Oklahoma, this team could pull off the early shockers yet again. So what happens if beats a or Oklahoma? The rule of thumb in college football is if you're going to play a big name team, do it early before they get their feet wet. Fresno has the skill players to match up with anyone, but might not have the D or the offensive line to pull off the upsets. Don't be shocked though if there's a huge scare coming out of these early games and gets a great deal of national respect. is still swaggering like the top dog that it is, but this Bulldog team might be due.

Team Information
Head coach: Pat Hill
7th year: 46-30
Returning Lettermen: 42
Lettermen Lost: 12
Ten Best Players
1. WR/KR , Sr.
2. RB Rodney Davis, Sr.
3. LB , Sr.
4. SS , Soph.
5. WR , Sr.
6. QB , Soph.
7. OT , Jr.
8. WR , Sr.
9. DE , Jr.
10. LB , Jr.
2003 Schedule
8/30 at
9/6 St.
9/13 at
9/20
9/27 Portland St.
10/4 at St.
10/11 at
10/25
11/1 at SMU
11/8 at
11/15 San Jose St.
11/22
11/29 at
The Schedule: While respect has to be given to for playing anyone anywhere, this slate is ridiculous. A game against DI-AA Portland State is forgivable considering the Bulldogs open the season at , against , at Oklahoma and at . Those are four teams that have legitimate chances to win their conference titles. If can get out of that with one win, it'll be a success. The WAC schedule should be a breeze if the Bulldogs can get past a road game at . comes to Fresno. Best Offensive Player: Senior WR . After overcoming a knee injury that knocked him out of last year, Berrian looks ready to return to form as one of the nation's most dangerous players. Best Defensive Player: Senior LB . Sophomore safety is quickly becoming one of team's top players, but McGill is a special college player with the speed of a defensive back and the hitting ability of a linebacker. Key player to a successful season: Senior CB went down with a knee injury last year and the secondary never recovered. His knee has to be 100% and he has to return to his spot as the team's best corner. The season will be a success if: wins the WAC and wins at least one non-conference game against someone other than Portland State. This team has more than enough on offense to give and fits. Key game: Oct. 11 at . The game will be tough, but that's a home game. If the Bulldogs can get by , they'll be in a great position to win the league title. The rest of the WAC will be a breeze. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Passing yards: Opponents 245.1 yards per game - 241.6
  • Fourth quarter scoring: Opponents 125 - 76
  • Total points scored: Opponents 379 - 378
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    , RB, 6-1, 210, San Diego, Calif. (West Hills College)

    Tom Brandstater, QB, 6-5, 190, Turlock, Calif. (Turlock)
    Tyler Clutts, LB, 6-2, 220, Clovia, Calif. (Clovis)
    Kevin Cooper, DL, 6-4, 260, Lakeport, Calif. (Clear Lake)
    Shannon Dorsey, RB, 6-0, 180, Highland, Calif. (San Gorgonio)
    Marques Floyd, S, 6-1, 190, Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax)
    Damon Jenkins, CB, 5-11, 180, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)
    Ahijah Lane, RB/LB, 6-1, 185, Fresno, Calif. (Hoover)
    *Chico Mackey, WR, 5-11, 190, New Orleans, La. (West L.A. College)
    Chris Piligian, OG, 6-6, 255, Newhall, Calif. (Hart)
    Cole Popovich, OG, 6-2, 274, Oakhurst, Calif. (Yosemite)
    Noah Pouono, C, 6-3, 285, Marina, Calif. (Long Beach City College)
    Marcus Riley, LB, 6-1, 190, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove)
    Jason Shirley, DT, 6-5, 295, Fontana, Calif. (Kaiser Fontana)
    , CB, 5-8, 165, Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
    Clint Stitser, K, 6-1, 185, Reno, (McQueen)
    Dylan Storey, OT, 6-4, 250, Silverado, Calif. (El Modena)
    Jesus Tapia, TE, 6-6, 215, Kingsburg, Calif. (Kingsburg)
    Keith Venson, DE, 6-4, 215, Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players

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