The Fresno State Bulldogs football team is less than a month away from the start of another season, and expectations are sky high once again.
Entering a college football season with high expectations is nothing new to Bulldogs' fans, but I don't think they have all their hopes riding on this season alone. With a nice mixture of veterans and young talent on the team, fans can look to a bright future that spills way over into next season and maybe the one after that.
Do the Fresno State faithful want the Dogs to win in 2011? Of course they do, but the fans should know that this season could be a stepping stone for things to come.
As we all know, Derek Carr is the new leader of the team, and along with a lot of veteran players returning like Devon Wylie, Rashad Evans and Robbie Rouse just to name a few, the team has the opportunity to take a giant step forward in 2011.
With all the weapons that the new signal-caller will have in his holster, there are a few that haven't been fired yet, along with another that has showed glimpses of what Bulldog's fans can look forward to.
As I roamed around the room at the 2011 "Fresno State Football Media Day," following coach Pat Hill's press conference, I noticed the guys like Derek Carr, Logan Harrell, Robbie Rouse, Pat Hill and others garnering a lot of attention.
Don't get me wrong, these guys deserve every bit of attention that they receive; they are the face of the Fresno State football team for 2011.
For me though, today was a little different. I was seeking to talk to a few players who have not drawn flocks of reporters and the attention that the Derek Carrs and Robbie Rouses have attracted, at least not yet anyway.
I believe Fresno State fans will be hearing about the following Bulldogs on a regular basis in the very near future.
The quotes for this article were taken from interviews performed by Gean May at "2011 Fresno State Football Media Day" on Aug, 5, 2011.