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Fresno State Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders Transferring To Oklahoma

The Fresno St. Bulldogs are losing their top wide receiver from last season as Jalen Saunders has decided to transfer to Oklahoma. In 2011 Saunders earned All-WAC honors while hauling in 50 receptions for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns, and as a freshman he had another 30 catches and three touchdowns. Plus, Saunders was a key player in the return game where he had 32 kickoffs for 743 yards in his two years.

The changes to the coaching staff is a primary reason Saunders left for Oklahoma:

"Well you know I went to spring ball and everything, we brought in a new offensive coordinator, our offense switched up a little bit. It had been more pro-style, three and four wide receiver sets. The way I was utilized in the offense is similar to what I'll be doing at Oklahoma," Saunders explained.

"This spring I went through all of it, and we had this new OC, and I was stuck at this one position. I felt like my talent could be used at another school.

"I just felt like after spring ball, my talents could be pushed at a better school."

This puts a dent in Fresno State's passing game however, they do have some depth with sophomore Josh Harper who as a freshman had 32 receptions, 475 yards and three touchdowns, plus they have junior Isaiah Burse who had 40 receptions, 436 yards and a touchdown.

The Fresno State passing offense could have been one of the better one's in the Mountain West, but without Saunders they will take a step back in the passing game.

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