On the first day of spring practices at Fresno State, senior Nat Harrison made a quick impression playing at the SAM linebacker spot the Bulldogs are looking fill.
Jamaal Rose, perhaps the frontrunner for the position, did mostly conditioning work on the side as he continues his comeback from a knee injury in the ‘Dogs victory over Colorado. But Harrison, noticeably bigger in his upper body, ran with the No. 1 defense and made some very nice plays, including an interception in 7 on 7 on a pass thrown by redshirt freshman Myles Carr.
Carr was trying to fit the ball inside to Josh Harper, but the Edison High grad beat him to the ball and made a nice catch snaring it out of the air.
The physical improvement – and work in practice – didn’t go unnoticed.
‘’He’s really done some good things in the offseason and it was really good to see him move around out there today,’’ Coach Tim DeRuyter said. ‘’He’s working with the one-huddle and our challenge to him is to see if he can stay in that one-huddle, because he has the raw material, he has the physical ability to do it, it’s just a matter of being consistent and hopefully he’ll get there being that this is his last year.
‘’He looks good, and with that (added) weight, he’s still moving around pretty well. If he can continue to do that and learn our defense to where he’s playing fast I think we’ll have something with he and (Donavon Lewis) being our edge guys.’’