The Talented Fresno State Defense

The Incredible Fresno State Defense!


     Saturday night Bronco fans will have the opportunity to see one of college football's best defenses and greatest secondaries—that of the Fresno State Bulldogs.  This quick and athletic defense is rated #2 in the nation for pass efficiency defense, allowing a paltry 5 touchdown passes all season long.  They rank 12th in passing yards allowed, with just 162.8 yards per game, and their opponents' passing percentage of 44.94% is 3rd only to Alabama and Oregon State.  Further, they have intercepted 8 passes this season for 4 touchdowns themselves and forced 5 fumbles.  They know how to get the ball for their offense.


     Overall, the Bulldogs rank 21st in Total Defense, allowing less than 300 yards per game.  Opponents average just 4.27 yards per play, ranking the Fresno "D" 9th in the nation in that department.  The chink in their armor—Fresno State is 56th against the run, allowing 269 yards against Louisiana Tech, 263 against Portland State and 195 against UTEP.  But then, with a secondary like that, would you roll the dice too many times through the air? 


     Let's meet the talented defensive players that team up for these incredible numbers:



Defensive End:          #55 Brian Morris (6-2, 250, Sr.)—15 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery


                                    #47 Claude Sanders (6-3, 240, Sr.)—16 tackles, 2 ½ for loss, 1 sack and a forced fumble


Tackle:                       #71 Garrett McIntyre (6-3, 250, Jr.)—15 tackles, 4 ½ for loss and 2 sacks


Nose Tackle:             #99 Donyell Booker (6-2, 305, Sr.)—12 tackles, 1 for loss and a fumble recovery


Middle Linebacker:  #51 --Dwayne Andrews (6-0, 240, So.) 23 tackles, 1 ½ for loss and a forced fumble



Outside Linebacker:  #28 Manuel Sanchez (6-1, 215, Sr.)—19 tackles, 3 for loss


                                    #45 Todd Garcia (5-11, 240, Sr.)—14 tackles, 1 for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery



Cornerback:                #24 Richard Marshall (5-11, 170, So.)—27 tackles including 21 solo, 2 interceptions for 105 yards and 1 tackle for loss


                                     #17 Marcus McCauley (6-1, 190, So.)—14 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack, 5 passes broken up and 1 interception


Strong Safety:             #23 James Sanders (5-11, 205, Jr.)—25 tackles including 15 solo, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and a blocked kick


Free Safety:                 #36 Tyrone Culver (6-1, 200, Jr.) 23 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack













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