Nov 23, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs running back Josh Quezada (20) runs past New Mexico Lobos linebacker Javarie Johnson (18) to score a touchdown in the first quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Breaking Down Fresno State’s Running Backs


It’s bowl week for USC and as the Trojans gear up to face Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, we’ll help you study for Saturday’s match up with break downs on everything you need to know about the Bulldogs.

This afternoon, the focus is on running backs:

The Bulldogs are led in the running game by Josh Quezada, a redshirt junior transfer from BYU who is a bit of a bulldog himself.

Quezada has rushed for 787 yards and six touchdowns in his debut season at Fresno State. He makes the most of his average of 12 carries per game with a 5.14 yard per carry average. He doesn’t have the break away speed to hurt you with one big play, but at 5-11, 215 he has the power and strength to find yards where he can.

In Fresno State’s heavy passing offense, Quezada has also found a role. He had 48 receptions this season for 283 yards and a touchdown. About four of his touches each game come through the air.

Sophomore Marteze Waller is Quezada’s back up, though he has been heavily featured in the Bulldog rushing game and owns the most rushing touchdowns in the Fresno State backfield with seven. He has 120 carries for 629 yards in 11 games.

However, this is not a “Thunder and Lightning” situation between Quezada and Waller. Waller is of a similar build and style. In fact, both have claimed the nickname “Thunder” at one time or another.

Like Quezada, Waller is capable of being used in the passing game. He has 21 catches for 148 yards this season.

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