Fresno State Bulldogs to be shorthanded for Boise State matchup

Saturday's conference opener will be against a Broncos team that scored 35 unanswered points in their win over San Diego State.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
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The Fresno State football team will again be without its two permanent captains, Jake Haener and Evan Williams.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno State football team (1-3) will again be without its two permanent captains, senior quarterback Jake Haener and senior safety Evan Williams, when the Bulldogs open conference play.

The pair is part of a growing list of players whose injuries have them out on a week-to-week basis. In Monday's weekly press conference, head coach Jeff Tedford said that includes OT Dontae Bull, LB Raymond Scott and WR Josh Kelly. A decision on whether or not those five will travel with the team or remain in Fresno for treatment will be made later in the week.

The short-handed Bulldogs are now readying for a rebound at Boise State after a 19-14 loss at UCONN, the Huskies' first win over an FBS school since 2019.

"I completely understand the disappointment," Tedford said. "No one's more disappointed than us. Unfortunately, we're running into a little adversity now, but that happens in life sometimes and we need to turn that into resiliency."

Saturday's conference opener will be against a Broncos team (3-2, MW 2-0) that scored 35 unanswered points in its 35-14 win Friday over San Diego State.

Sophomore Logan Fife will make his 2nd start at quarterback after going 16-for-22 throwing for 157 yards and 2 interceptions.

Tedford said they "never discussed" bringing dual-threat QB Jaylen Henderson into the game at UCONN but that he and Fife will split reps ahead of Boise so that he can be prepared should he be called upon.

It's also the Dogs' first trip to Boise since the blue turf turned white from the snow in the 2018 Mountain West championship game which the Bulldogs won in overtime 19-16.

Kick-off Saturday is set for 6:45 pm.