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Fresno State football: Zack Greenlee named starting quarterback

The future is now for the Bulldogs, as they stand on the brink of losing bowl eligibility and look forward to finishing this season on a strong note.

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Big news out of the Central Valley Sunday morning, as it was announced on 940 AM, Fresno's ESPN radio affiliate, that redshirt freshman and Stockton native Zack Greenlee will be the starting quarterback when the Fresno State Bulldogs host Wyoming on November 1.

Since the 'Dogs had a bye this week, coach Tim DeRuyter surely took a long look at what his signal-caller indecision as wrought, as Brandon Connette and Brian Burrell have both been far too ineffective for coordinator Dave Schramm's high-octane spread offense.  Greenlee has played in only one game so far in 2014, but he flashed his potential in mop-up duty against Southern Utah, completing 4-of-7 passes for 109 yards.  This included a spot-on 81-yard strike to Da'Mari Scott, a welcome sight for many fans.

In eight games, Burrell completed just 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,468 yards.  He also threw 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and has chipped in with 257 yards rushing, but those marks were far less than what the coaching staff was accustomed to in the last two years.  Greenlee, a former Elite 11 product and four-star recruit, will benefit from a strong running game behind him, led by Marteze Waller, and a receiving corps that will grow with him heading into the last month of the season and 2015.