5 Fresno State Players To Keep An Eye On

Pony Stampede lists five Fresno State players that could give SMU trouble as the Mustangs head into the Hawaii Bowl

1. QB Derek Carr

The younger brother of former Fresno State Bulldog and No. 1overall NFL draft pick David Carr, Derek has begun to make a name for himself in his junior season. Throwing for an incredible 36 touchdowns to only five interceptions all year, Carr has proved that he will be one of the toughest quarterbacks SMU will face all season. Carr has the ability to put up video game like numbers at anytime, including 536 yards against San Diego State and very impressive numbers even in losses to Oregon, Boise State and Tulsa. If SMU cannot slow down Carr, it could be a rough Christmas Eve for the Mustangs.

2. RB Robbie Rouse

The Bulldog offense is by no means only a passing attack offense, as Rouse himself has run for 12 touchdowns this seasons and almost 1,500 yards this season. Rouse is one of the faster running backs SMU will face this season, and standing at only 5-foot-7, 190 pounds, Rouse will try to run around the SMU defense, rather than through it. If Rouse can provide balance to Carr like he has all season, the Bulldogs could continue to put up scary numbers against SMU.

3. SS Phillip Thomas

While the Fresno State offense is talked about the most, Thomas leads an underrated Bulldog defense. The senior, who has had a remarkable season, including being selected a unanimous All-American, will be the focal point of the Fresno State defense. Thomas led the entire country in interceptions with eight, and also led his team in tackles. Thomas, who was also a Jim Thorpe finalist (best defensive back in the country), will be looking to cap off his last college game with a win in front of what will be numerous NFL scouts.

4. WR Davante Adams

Despite being only a freshman, Adams has had no trouble adjusting to the college game, catching 89 balls this year for about 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. In a high-octane offense such as Fresno State's, they are bound to have a primary receiver that is the focal point of the passing game, and Adams in certainly that man. Loaded with a scary combination of size and speed, Adams has the ability to wreck havoc on the SMU secondary.

5. WR Isaiah Burse

What makes the Bulldog offense so scary is their balance and depth across the board, and Burse is a main component to that. As Adams attracts most of the attention from opposing defenses, Burse is able to take advantage of single coverage, and make the defense pay. Averaging over 14 yards per catch, Burse is certainly able to change a game at any time and should be accounted for at all times.

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