Dogs ranked no. 22 in preseason poll
Athlon Sports has ranked the Fresno State football team No. 22 in its preseason top 25 poll and the publication previewed the Bulldogs on its Web site Tuesday with the prediction that the ‘Dogs would win the West Division in the Mountain West.
Athlon named sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams to its Preseason All-America third-team and seven Bulldogs to its All-Mountain West first-team. Joining Adams on Athlon’s Preseason All-MW first-team was senior quarterback Derek Carr, senior tight end Marcel Jensen, senior left tackle Austin Wentworth, junior nose guard Tyeler Davison, junior cornerback Sean Alston and junior free safety Derron Smith.
Senior defensive end Andy Jennings was named to Athlon’s Preseason All-Mountain West second-team.
Athlon Sports is counting down its preseason top 25 poll, revealing and previewing a new team in its top 25 each day.
Fresno State is set to return 15 starters – seven on offense and eight on defense – from last year’s team that won the 2012 Mountain West championship.
Carr, Adams and Wentworth lead the offensive attack that averaged 37.9 points and 477.5 yards of offense a year ago. Defensively, Fresno State returns three starters from its secondary that helped the Bulldogs rank second nationally in pass defense a year ago. Fresno State also finished 2012 with 22 interceptions (third in the FBS) and 35 total take-aways (fifth in the FBS).
Fresno State begins defense of its Mountain West championship on Aug. 29 when the ‘Dogs host Rutgers in Bulldog Stadium.
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