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Receiver Bradley to start against Fresno State

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For the first time since suffering a strained left hamstring two weeks ago, left wideout Rodney Bradley participated in a full practice yesterday.

"He looks better than he did before he went down," receivers coach Mouse Davis said.

Head coach Greg McMackin said Bradley will start against Fresno State.

Now that Bradley is back to good health, he hopes to return to his play-making form.

Last year, Bradley’s yards-after-catch average was 11.96. But his season was abbreviated to six games after incurring two fractures in his left leg.

He said that condition has fully healed, and is not the cause of this year’s post-catch average dropping to 6.30 yards.

"When I get the ball," said Bradley, who is best on inside screens and post routes, "I have to do what I know I can do. Hopefully, it’ll start coming around."

Billy Ray Stutzmann started for Bradley last week. With right wideout Royce Pollard suffering from minor ailments, Stutzmann might provide relief at right wideout against Fresno State.

FRESNO FANS WILL BE LOUD

Fresno State’s fans are known for their very vocal support.

"That’s the love of the game right there," McMackin said. "I love fans who are really into the game. Fresno fans are. Our fans are. I love that. That’s what it’s all about."

McMackin said there’s only one way to respond to loud crowds.

"You have to make plays," he said. "The only way to quiet them down is to play well."

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