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‘Dogs adds three mid-year JC transfers

‘Dogs adds three mid-year JC transfers

FRESNO, Calif.- Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter announced Thursday that three junior college players have signed National Letters of Intent with the Bulldogs and have enrolled in school for the 2013 spring semester.

Quarterback Brian Burrell out of Bakersfield College, offensive lineman Patrick Kim from Mount San Antonio College and safety Rodney Mathews from Citrus College can begin workouts with the team immediately and will be able to participate in spring football. Classes for the spring semester started on Thursday at Fresno State.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to begin spring football on Monday, Feb. 25 with the spring game being played on Saturday, March 23.

DeRuyter said he is happy the three mid-year transfers are in school this semester to get a head start on next year.

“I’m really excited about Rodney, Patrick and Brian joining our team,” DeRuyter said. “To have them here for the spring semester will give them a great opportunity to compete for a position as well as get a jump on their academic progress. These are outstanding young men with strong character and solid academic backgrounds. I look forward to seeing them compete this spring.”

Burrell, a 6-4, 210-pounder out of Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS), led Bakersfield College to the 2012 CCCAA State Championship with an 11-2 record. He was an CCCFCA Region IV All-State first-team selection and named to the Northern Conference first-team in the Southern California Football Association.

Burrell started three games in 2011 for Bakersfield College before being sidelined the rest of the year with a broken collarbone. In 2012, he threw for 2,555 yards with 27 touchdown passes against seven interceptions. Burrell will have three years to complete his two remaining seasons of eligibility at Fresno State.

Mathews is a 6-0, 190-pound safety out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Damien HS) and he spent the past two seasons at Citrus College. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining at Fresno State.

He was a 2011 first-team All-West Conference selection and in 2012 he was named to the CCCFCA Region IV All-State first-team. He set a new Owl record with 54 solo tackles in 2012 and had a team-high 89 total tackles on the season. In his career at Citrus College, Mathews recorded 158 tackles, ranks second in school history with nine interceptions and third with 14 pass breakups.

Kim graduated from Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 2010 and then walked-on at USC. He redshirted for the Trojans in 2010 and did not see game action in 2011. Kim then transferred to Mount San Antonio College where he led the Mounties to an 11-1 record in 2012.

At 6-3, 295 pounds, he helped the Mounties average 421.5 yards of offense and 34.6 points playing both at guard and center. Mt. SAC fell to Bakersfield College in the 2012 CCCAA State Championship game. Kim will have two years to complete his two remaining years of eligibility

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