Look Back Fresno State - Report Card

While it hurt to watch on Saturday night, it hurt more to write this article about how poor the Bearcats played on Saturday night.


Where did you go Zach Collaros?  I have watched Zach since high school and this is not the quarterback I expect to see when watching the Bearcats play.  Yes, Zach had the early drives for scores, but he was still running around the field and did not look like the same player who played so well last season.  Is it a change in coaching style, or was the offense just not getting the job done as a hole.  Grade: C

Running Back

Isaiah Pead also digressed from where he was just a year ago.  On Saturday, there were just way too many juke and jive moves that do not work in the college game.  Tuck the ball and run hard using the speed and strength you have.  Why was John Goebel not on the field during this game?  A senior who has been in the wars the past three seasons who can catch, block and will run hard up the middle.  Grade: D

Offensive Line

This one hurt the most as I have watched the Bearcats offensive line grow over the past six seasons. 

Where do I start here? 

I love C.J. Cobb to death, but either C.J. is not 100% or he is not capable of being a right tackle.  I have said since spring that I saw this as a problem; C.J. is a guard and always has been a guard.  On Saturday night, he did not look like he was 100% as he had problems with the edge rush and getting down field.  

Sean Hooey played well in his limited snaps; why not get him in the action earlier in this game?  If you do not feel Hooey is ready, a move of Alex Hoffman over to tackle (done before) and inserting Randy Martinez at the guard sport would have worked.

The move of Evan Davis from center to guard just a couple of weeks prior to the season has me still scratching my head.  Can Jason Kelce play center?  Yes, he can, but he is also an All-Big East guard and one of the team's leaders. 

What can you say about the play of Sam Griffin?  The kid is a warrior who played at less than 100% and excelled.

This was very hard to watch and may have been the worst performance from a Bearcats offensive line I have ever watched.  Grade: F

Wide Receiver

The one bright spot was the wide receivers but the news is not good as Vidal Hazelton was lost for the season.  The three Bearcat receivers posted solid numbers with D.J. Woods leading the way.  Grade: B

Tight End

A year ago, Ben Guidugli was a major reason the Bearcats beat Fresno State.  Last Saturday, Guidugli was just another person up on the line looking to block.  This is one of the best receiving tight ends in the country and he pulled down one ball on the night. Grade: Could not give a real grade.

Defensive Line

Another bright spot on the night was the play of the defensive line.  Derek Wolfe was released from the 3-4 defensive schemes that took away a part of his game and showed why he has a chance to play at the next level with 8 total tackles and one sack.  Dan Giordano continues to take his game up a notch and should only get better as this season progresses.  John Hughes was solid and Walter Stewart had a couple of plays that helped the Bearcats.  However, others struggled to make things happen.  Grade: B-


Maalik Bomar is a star in the making and J.K. Schaffer was solid as he always is.  Walter Stewart also got several snaps at linebacker but that was it.  Grade: B

Defensive Backs

Pat Lambert is starting to show why he is Bearcat with an interception.  Reuben Johnson has a chance to be really good as he continues to take his game up another level.  There looked like there were missed assignments by everyone on the night and improvement is needed. Grade: C

Special Teams

Jake Rogers missed from 48 yards in the third quarter hurt.  However, he did record three touchbacks on his kickoffs.  Pat O'Donnell had three punts inside the twenty and an average of 38 yards.  Nevertheless, who would have expected him to punt eight times?  Grade: C-


Yes, this was a hard first game for any coach in the country.  However, this was not a team that needed to undergo a rebuild.  A year ago, this team went 12-1 playing in a BCS game and there is talent left on the roster.  While there are several questions about just what happened, it is too early to say this is a lost season.  However, while Indiana State may provide the medicine needed to make everyone feel good, the true test of where this program stands this season will rest in the team's performance in the following two weeks.  

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