1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State Wordmark.gif
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
DivisionPacific Division
1996 record4–7 (3–5 WAC)
Head coachJim Sweeney (19th season)
Home stadiumBulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 41,031)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 5 BYU x$   9 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific Division
No. 22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 OT
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno[note 1] during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Jim Sweeney, in his nineteenth (and last) year, and played home games at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. They finished the 1996 season with a record of five wins, seven losses (5–7, 2–6 WAC).

Coach Sweeney finished his career with 201 college victories. 144 of these came at Fresno State, 26 at Washington State, and 21 at Montana State. The 169 wins in Division I-A (Fresno State & Washington State) place him in the top 40 of winningest Division I-A coaches of all time.[1]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 31Oregon*L 27–30 OT39,312
September 7at No. 18 Auburn*L 0–6279,026
September 21at Utah*L 17–4532,539
September 28Hawaii
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (Rivalry)
W 20–036,428
October 12San Jose State*
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (Rivalry)
W 28–1838,276
October 19at No. 23 WyomingL 21–4214,446
October 26at UNLVW 34–2311,319
November 2Boise State
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA (Rivalry)
W 41–736,099
November 9Colorado State
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
L 20–4235,009
November 16Air Force
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Fresno, CA
L 38–44 OT39,112
November 23at San Diego StateL 21–3132,107
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from no Poll released prior to the game

[2][3][4]

Roster[edit]

1996 Fresno State Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense 73 Donte Addision OG 6-4 265 So Seaside, Calif. 87 Chris Alex TE 6-3 250 Fr
Pos. # Name Class
QB 16 Jim Arellanes Sr
T 78 Chris Conrad Jr
QB 10 Richie Donati Sr
WR 22 Corey Fields Jr
FB 43 Grant Parnagian Jr
TB 4 Michael Pittman Jr
Defense 47 Joe Barnes LB 5-10 180 Jr Duarte, Calif. 20 Chris Bayne LB 6-0 205 Sr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 7 Mustafah Muhammad Sr
DE 54 Ryan Negrete Jr
DT 93 Bryan Robinson Sr
SS 5 Omar Stoutmire Sr
CB 2 Rio Wells Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.[5][6]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Chris Bayne Defensive Back 7 222 Atlanta Falcons
Omar Stoutmire Defensive Back 7 224 Dallas Cowboys

The following finished their college career in 1996, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.

Player Position First NFL Team
Bryan Robinson Defensive Tackle - Defensive End 1997 St. Louis Rams
Mustafah Muhammad Defensive Back 1999 Indianapolis Colts

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Career Leaders and Records for Wins". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Fresno State 1996 Schedule". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fresno State 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fresno State Yearly Results". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Fresno St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 12, 2016.