Sunday, July 15, 2007


Players Returning: 2
Incoming: 2
Lost: 2 (Sean Norton, Jordan Christensen)

The subpar play of junior Tom Brandstater (6-5, 220) plagued Fresno State last season and is hands down the offense’s biggest question mark again this year. With junior Sean Norton deciding to transfer to Northern Arizona, Brandstater is set as the starter but must improve on his 13-14 touchdown to interception ratio and his accuracy (completing just 54.5 percent of his passes).

ESPN Player Profile

He started 2006 with a lot of promise against Nevada, Oregon and Washington, but two close losses seemed to suck the life out of him and his teammates. He needs to quickly rebound mentally and progress into the quarterback Pat Hill still believes he can be. He looked much sharper throwing downfield in the spring, but it’s hard to get a good read before the real games start.

The only real option behind Brandstater is redshirt freshman Ryan Colburn (6-3, 220), a lefty who has shown tremendous physical tools on the practice field, but is still too raw to rely on full-time. He has already spent two years in the system, greyshiriting and redshirting, but won’t throw his first pass in a game until this season.

Filling third-string duties is true freshman Matt Faulkner (6-2, 185), Hill’s first-ever recruit out of Texas. Faulkner is likely to redshirt and only be used in the case of an emergency. Freshman walk-on Matt Christian (6-3, 195), from Carlsbad HS, is unlikely to take a snap under any circumstances.

Rating: 4 of 10

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  1. no link to the FSFB? I'll have to add you guys

    great blog...

    I don't blog as much as I did when first started the FSFB but its nice to finally have some company...we just got to get you guys a vote in the Blog Poll.

    Mario Gomez Publisher

  2. Thanks Mario, and keep up the good work on the Bark Board and Sporting News 1550.

    Just added your blog to our links. The site is being updated daily, but we wanted to get it off the ground heading toward fall camp.

  3. thanks for the kind words...

    and don't forget to add a link to


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