December 3, 2010

Fresno State senior will play their final home game Friday night

One by one, the 16 senior on this year's Fresno State football took turns speaking to their teammates, Friends, and family. Then they took one last shot at a tackling dummy that was located at the south end of the stadium.

In front of their teammates, family, friends and anybody who wanted to come watch at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State held its annual "Senior Tackle."

Ever since coach Hill has gotten to Fresno State 14 years ago, senior tackle night has been a tradition the day before the final game of the season.

"It's neat, I think it's a great tradition, I learned it from Dick Tomey when I was at Arizona." said Hill. " I think it's a great tradition, the kids really enjoy it and it's a great message to our young kids."

One of the members of this year's senior class who tackled that dummy on Thursday night was defensive end Chris Carter, who for the past two season many have considered to be Fresno State's best defensive player.

Carter led the team last season with five sacks but showed his toughness playing most of that season with a club like cast on his hand after suffering a broken bone. This season Carter has done nothing but proved that last season was not a fluke.

He leads the team this year with 10 sacks, has 15.5 tackles for loss and has forced four fumbles this year. Carter will play his final game inside of Bulldog stadium Friday night when the Bulldogs host the Illinois Illini.

"It's kind of trippy, I have so many wonderful games here, I want to say thank you to the fans for the support they have shown" said Carter
To coach Hill this is not only a night to honor what these players have done on the field, but also a night to honor what they have done in the classroom as well.

"This a very special group of kids, everyone one of them is going to have their degree or has already had it, it's a pretty amazing group of kids, said Hill " It's a class group of young men who are going to be very successful in life and I feel really good d about that. Winning football games I know is the important thing, but developing young men who have the foundation for life is really important to me."

The Fresno State seniors this year were Cornell Banks, Lorne Bell, Joe Bernardi, Chris Carter, Ryan Colburn, Devan Cunningham, Desia Dunn, Andrew Jackson, Ben Jacobs, Chris Lewis, Sonny McCree, Vince Pascoe, Mark Roberts, Tracy Slocum and Kenny Wiggins.

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