|QB||Tom Brandstater So.*|
Sean Norton So.*
|Jordan Christensen Sr.*|
The heated spring quarterback battle does not look much clearer today than it did prior to March 13. Brandstater and Norton will take their battle into August, while Ryan Colburn will more than likely redshirt. If the season started today, Brandstater would be the guy, based on his gameday experience. Norton did not due enough in the spring to wrestle the job away from Brandstater. Norton can still win the job with a solid first week in August, but all signs point to a 2006 Bulldog squad led by Brandstater. Norton and Brandstater had average springs, but considering the weather conditions all spring, it is about as well one can expect from the young quarterbacks. August looms even more important for the future starting quarterback.
Outlook- Cloudy. Someone needs to take control, and not win the job by default.
|RB||Dwayne Wright Jr.*||Shannon Dorsey Jr.*||Andrew Jones Fr.*||Rich Owens Fr.*||Kreig Peters So.*|
The biggest question mark in spring was Wright's health. Well, he is back at full strength and looks to be in the best condition of his career. Clifton Smith sat out spring ball, but hopes to be back by August. Shannon Dorsey had a great spring and will be solid contributor behind Wright. Jones and Owens had some eye opening moments this spring, and give the 'Dogs quality depth, but neither are capable of carrying the team like Wright or Dorsey. Peters missed spring ball, but looked very impressive in"solo" individual drills. He is still not at full strength but should be a solid third option come August.
Outlook- Great. Questionable durability, but very deep backfield.
|FB||Roshon Vercher Sr.*||Frank Padilla Fr.||Reynard Camp Fr.*||Kyle Richard So.*|
The fullbacks are back in full force. Vercher showed no signs of the injury that kept him out of the team's final three games. Padilla is a load at fullback that can block and catch, and had a great spring. With so much depth, there could be the temptation to redshirt, but he is too good to keep off the field. Camp is a true power back that can pound the ball near the goal line, but had an otherwise average spring compared to his FB counterparts. Junior Nathan Adams was the opening game starter back in 2004, but might not crack the lineup in 06. He is still recovering from a season ending injury, and missed spring practice. Along with Richard, he will battle for the 3rd or 4th spot on the depth chart.
Outlook- Spectacular. Vercher has to be considered one the best in the nation.
|TE||Bear Pascoe So.*||Jesus Tapia Jr.*||Drew Lubinsky So.*||Isaac Kinter Fr.*|
The tight ends had a decent spring. Pascoe has slightly moved ahead of the pack, but Lubinsky or Tapia could move ahead with a good August. Kinter is listed as a FB, but practiced with the tight ends and receivers all spring. He could be that hybrid back/receiver that the offense lacked last year. He is big enough to block out of the FB or TE position, but fast enough to beat a safety at the slot. This unit needs to have a great preseason, Hagen has a host of new formations and plays that call for a good pass-catching TE.
Outlook- The jury is still out.
|WR||Paul Williams Sr.*||Jaron Fairman Sr.*||Chastin West Fr.*||Seyi Ajirotutu Fr.*|
|WR||Joe Fernandez Sr.*||Kevin Ciccone So.*||Jason Crawley Fr.*||Marlin Moore Fr.*|
|C||Kyle Young Sr.*||Robin Kezerian Sr.*||Cameron Harris So.*||Joe Bernardi Fr.|
|RG||Cole Popovich So.*||Richard Pacheco So.||Kezerian||Pierce Masse Fr.*|
|LG||Ryan Wendell Jr.*||Chris Piligian Jr.*||Masse|
Wendell was the only "healthy" starter besides Young during spring. He played some center in preseason practice in 2004, and again this spring. He has a strong hold at LG, and had a decent spring substantiate his position. Piligian has lined up at tackle and guard, but more than likely will back up Wendell, along with Kezerian and Masse.
Outlook- Outstanding. Best depth is Hill's tenure.
|RT||Chris Denman Sr.*||James Meeks Fr.*||James Paulk Jr.*|
Denman missed most of spring practice while nursing an injury, but should return to his spot at RT without a challenge. Meeks is as good as a tackle prospect Hill has had in his 10 years at Fresno State. He is still a little raw, but still would be an effective player at either tackle spot if needed. Paulk missed part of spring due to transfer issues. His absence was hardly noticed as the former JC standout was not in football shape all spring. Come August, Paulk will be one of many trying to fill the void at left tackle.
Outlook- Great, as long as Denham is 100%.
|LT||Bobby Lepori So.*||Adam McDowell So.*||John Guevara So.*|
Lepori took hold of this spot with a good spring. He will still have to fend off McDowell and Paulk come August though. McDowell moved back to OT from DE this spring and was impressive. He has bulked up to a solid 270-280, and has great footwork. Guevara is a talented young prospect, but got overpowered a bit much at the critical LT position during the spring. Guevara might be more suited for guard, or bulk up some more to be a better LT.
Outlook- Decent, Lepori took control, but lack of experience is a concern.