UW-Fresno State notes and quotes

Here are some notes and quotes about Wyoming’s football game against No. 17 Fresno State at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

— UW coach Dave Christensen and Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter went against each other as assistant coaches in the Mid-American Conference. Christensen was at Toldeo and DeRuyter at Ohio.

— “They’re averaging over 500 yards a game, and the thing that’s impressive is they’re doing it both in the running game and throwing game. That’s a tough combination.” — DeRuyter of UW’s offense.

— “I think if you’re in good shape, it can be a factor if you allow it to be. If you’re not in good shape, it will kill you. … I think our guys will be fine.” — DeRuyter on playing at 7,220 feet of elevation Saturday.

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UW-Fresno State Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Bryant-Jon Anteola, who covers Fresno State football for the Fresno Bee about Saturday night’s game with the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

Quarterback Derek Carr became the school’s career passing leader last week. How good is Carr and how does he compare to some of the other great ones at Fresno State — notably his brother, David — and how has he flourished on coach Tim DeRuyter’s spread scheme?

Statistically, it’s turning out that Fresno State fans currently are watching the best quarterback ever in school history. Derek Carr holds 17 Fresno State records, including the most career passing yards (10,821) and touchdowns (91) and the highest career completion percentage (66.4) in school history. Nationally this season, Carr ranks second in both passing yards per game (382.6) and touchdowns (28) and enters Saturday’s game at Wyoming with 183 straight pass attempts without an interception. So, he’s obviously doing things that no player has ever done before at Fresno State. Ex-coach Pat Hill, who coached both Derek and David Carr, said from the get-go that Derek arrived at Fresno State more polished than his older brother, but because David had been tutoring and grooming Derek throughout his life. Both have a quick release and keep their bodies compact in their delivery, which allows them to maintain accuracy even as the pocket shrinks.

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