'Dogs Unknown Norton Key In Boise Win, Fresno St. Now Focusing On Hawai'i

September 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno State passed its biggest test of the season in Friday night's 41-40 conquest of the Broncos.

And coach DeRuyter expects his Bulldogs to continue to raise their level of play as the season goes on.

"We have got so many things to work over - last week and the previous two games that I don't think our guys feel we are in any way a team that has arrived." DeRuyter said.

Motivation shouldn't be difficult for the Bulldogs this week as they get ready to play at Hawai'i.

Fresno State's last visit to Aloha Stadium wasn't exactly one to remember.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing over there. The last time we left that place we left with a sour taste in our mouth. It's not what we are, it's not what we're about." said Bulldogs Defensive End Nikko Motta.

"This isn't a pleasure trip. This is a business trip. "We're going to be going on Thursday. We're staying away from Waikiki Beach and it's going to be just like going to camp and being focused on one game." added DeRuyter.

Hawai'i comes into the game still looking for its first win of the season and the Bulldogs insist the Warriors first win won't be against them.

"It doesn't matter if we were playing Alabama or Appalachian State. It doesn't really matter who we're playing there. We're going there for a football game. We need to get a win on that island." said Motta.

A storyline you may have missed from Fresno State's big win over Boise State was the one about former walk on Jonathan Norton.

The senior whose on scholarship shined on the biggest stage versus the Broncos. In addition to making the game's decisive play on defense, the 5' 6" DB from Moreno Valley in Southern California was instrumental in the dogs one point win at Bulldog Stadium.

Head Coach Tim DeRuyter and former Sanger Apache Nikko Motta talked about how big he played over the weekend.

Nikko even had some choice words for Jonathan on the field.

"I told them you need to stop charging me for haircuts now, since you're big time. Things like that, I just said good job. Man, you came a long way from him giving me haircuts in his apartment and being on scholarship and I just told him, look at what you're doing now. You just made one of the biggest plays that I've been a part of. You know he kind of teared up a little bit and didn't really say much. Kind of a loss for words, that was pretty much it, just loving him up." added Motta.

"Well I'll tell you, he's a young man that when we first got here you notice him because he's probably the smallest guy on the team. But he's probably, very much like Robbie he's got the biggest heart there is on the team." said DeRuyter.


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