2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Robbie Rouse-RB, Rashad Evans-WR, Matt Hunt-OG, Richard Helepiko-OG/OT, Dean Victor-WR, Quentin Breshears-K
DEFENSE: Anthony Williams-DE, Travis Brown-LB, Tristan Okpalaugo-LB, Shawn Plummer-LB, Phillip Thomas-S, Andrew Shapiro-P
QB Derek Carr
Quarterback / Receiver

Derek Carr, brother of NFL quarterback David Carr, is an NFL quarterback playing in college today according to coaches that have faced him. His 28 of 32 passing game for 452 yards versus Air Force late in the season led opposing head coach Troy Calhoun, a former NFL assistant, to acknowledge as much. The Mountain West Offensive Player of The Year will have all of his receivers back making for some potent combinations.

Running Back / Right Offensive Tackle

There has to be some concern in regards to the ground game. Running Back Robbie Rouse was responsible for nearly 75% of the rushing yards. The only other option with experience as a Bulldog will be sophomore Marteze Walker who only managed 174 yards as a frosh. The Hawai'i Bowl on Christmas Eve demonstrated how this offense can fall completely to pieces if a right tackle doesn't learn how to pass protect. SMU destroyed Carr that day.

DB Derron Smith
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Derek Carr-Sr (6-3, 218) Greg Watson-Jr (5-10, 209)
RB Marteze Waller-So (5-11, 214) Josh Quezada-Jr (5-11, 214)
WR Isaiah Burse-Sr (6-0, 187) Greg Watson-Jr (5-10, 209)
WR Davante Adams-So (6-2, 212) Aaron Peck-So (6-3, 211)
WR Josh Harper-Jr (6-1, 184) Dillon Root-So (6-0, 190)
TE Marcel Jensen-Sr (6-6, 270) Riley Barnes-Jr (6-3, 261)
OT Austin Wentworth-Sr (6-5, 306) Josh Tremblay-Jr (6-5, 284)
OG Bo Bonnheim-So (6-2, 295) Travis Harvey-RFr (6-5, 334)
C Lars Bramer-Sr (6-5, 282) Mike Saenz-Sr (6-5, 312)
OG Cody Wichmann-Jr (6-6, 311) James Le'au-Sr (6-1, 310)
OT Justin Northern-So (6-5, 285) Alex Fifita-So (6-4, 307)
K Blake Dunn-Sr (5-9, 172) Garrett Swanson-So (6-0, 213)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Nikko Motta-Sr (6-2, 279) Todd Hunt-So (6-3, 261)
NG Tyeler Davison-Jr (6-2, 304) Maurice Poyadue-So (6-3, 280)
DE Andy Jennings-Sr (6-2, 275) Ben Letcher-Sr (6-2, 243)
OLB Donavon Lewis-Jr (6-2, 239) Ejiro Ederaine-So (6-3, 220)
MLB Karl Mickelson-Jr (6-0, 229) Jeremiah Toma-Sr (6-0, 235)
MLB Kyrie Wilson-So (6-2, 228) Patrick Su'a-Sr (6-1, 239)
OLB Brandon Hughes-RFr (6-3, 212) Nat Harrison-Sr (6-2, 233)
CB Shannon Edwards-So (5-11, 190) Jamal Ellis-RFr (5-11, 176) / Sean Alston-Jr (5-10, 192) (inj)
CB L.J. Jones-Sr (5-10, 201) Treshon Broughton-Fr (6-0, 170)
S Derron Smith-Jr (5-11, 200) Dalen Jones-RFr (6-1, 193)
S Charles Washington-So (5-11, 200) Rodney Mathews-Jr (6-0, 208)
P Garrett Swanson-So (6-0, 213) Colin McGuire-Fr (5-10, 183)


  • Fresno State could have been a Top 25 preseason team, but the shocking 43-10 Hawai'i Bowl beatdown at the hands of a mediocre SMU chilled the process. Looking back the 2012 Bulldogs really made a living off of poor Mountain West teams losing to every worthy team on the schedule (Oregon, Boise State and Tulsa). All three of those teams are on the schedule again. The Bulldogs will have to beat one of them this time around to be taken seriously.
  • Quarterback David Carr could have come out early for the NFL and could have been drafted in the later rounds. This is a guy who threw 511 passes and managed 4,104 yards in the 2012 process. He caught absolute fire in November with this spread offense. Don't be surprised if David Carr sneaks up to become one of the better quarterbacks in this coming winter's draft discussions. He has a very strong arm, but doesn't play particularly well when pressured.
  • Carr's favorite target is Preseason All-American Davante Adams, who amassed 102 receptions for 1,312 yards. Carr has dumped the ball to 14 different receivers and they are all coming back.
  • One of the big keys to this offense will be trying to replace talented workhorse running back Robbie Rouse. He alone represented the ground game last year. The combination of replacements Waller and Quezada are each good enough to handle the workload on their own, but no way they match the playmaking numbers Rouse produced.
  • The offensive line isn't huge and it had a massive problem protecting Carr at times. The Hawai'i Bowl was horrendous as that game literally made SMU defensive end Margus Hunt a top rate NFL prospect. Coaches really need to locate a right tackle and fast.
  • Make no mistake, the pass defense is one of the best in the nation. It starts with the nation's ninth ranked sack unit which returns all three starters led by All-Conference selections Davisson and Jennings.
  • Gone will be Jim Thorpe Award finalist Phillip Thomas at safety. But safety Derron Smith is just as capable. Smith was the team's second best tackler and picked off six passes. Both corners return. Fresno State's 20 interceptions was the country's third best total.
  • From a talent standpoint Fresno State may be the best team in the Mountain West.
  • The players have rallied around coach Tim DeRuyter and his staff in their first year guiding the program. There is talent to go with the attitude. Things are looking up again in The Valley.



Aug. 29 - Rutgers
Sept. 7 - Cal Poly
Sept. 14 - at Colorado
Sept. 20 - Boise State
Sept. 28 - at Hawai'i
Oct. 5 - at Idaho
Oct. 19 - UNLV
Oct. 26 - at San Diego State
Nov. 2 - Nevada
Nov. 9 - at Wyoming
Nov. 23 - New Mexico
Nov. 29 - at San Jose State