Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Fresno State Bulldogs season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 12-2 overall, 7-1 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford, 3rd year, 22-6
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FRESNO STATE OFFENSE
– So where are the positives on an offense that has to replace eight starters? Start with the big issues – the receiving corps loses KeeSean Johnson and Jamire Jordan. Fortunately, Jared Rice is one of the nation’s best returning receiving tight ends, and former JUCO transfer Derrion Grim has enough pop to grow into a No. 1 target. This is the team’s biggest hole to fill, but …
– The running game gets the key parts back. Ronnie Rivers and Jordan Mims can catch the ball as well as rotate for the ground attack, but they need to be more consistent. That might be tough with four starters gone off the line that was amazing in pass protection, but didn’t generate enough of a push for the quick backs. On the plus side, guard Netane Muti is back after missing most of last year hurt, and all of the key reserves from last season return.
– Is Jorge Reyna ready? The former JUCO transfer quarterback saw a little time working behind Marcus McMaryion, and now it’s his gig. Accuracy and timing are at a premium under head man Jeff Tedford, and the 6-0, 215-pounder has both. He’s every bit the runner McMaryion was, too.