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Fresno State football: Zack Greenlee named starter against BYU

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Fresno State will go with the hot hand and start Zack Greenlee at quarterback.

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The yo-yoing continues at the quarterback position for the Fresno State Bulldogs. For the second straight game Zack Greenlee will be starting under center when the Bulldogs go on the road against the BYU Cougars. Greenlee started against Hawaii and had a huge game where he completed 20 of 35 passes and had six touchdowns in the win.

Playing BYU is much different compared to playing Hawaii. The Cougars defense is giving up just 22.4 points per game and is in the upper half in passing yards allowed at 212 per game.

The passing defense for BYU is aided by the talent they have in the front seven.

"We have a tall task ahead of us," DeRuyter said. "This is probably as big, as veteran a unit that we've played all year. Defensively, they are huge up front."

The offensive line will need to protect Greenlee, and the Fresno State line is allowing two sacks per game while BYU has 31 sacks in 10 games this year. So, something has to give.

Seeing the coaching staff allowing Greenlee to stay in the entire game was the easy call with the success he had throwing the ball, but the big test will be when he has a miscue or error and then see what the coaching staff.