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UTEP the landing spot for ex-Fresno State QB Zach Greenlee

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Nearly three months after leaving a Mountain West school, Zack Greenlee has landed at one in Conference USA.

On his Twitter account late Saturday night, Greenlee announced that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at UTEP.  Greenlee joins the Miners as a graduate transfer, which means he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

As an added bonus for UTEP?  Greenlee will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Greenlee started last season as Fresno State’s  starter, but wound up losing the job shortly after serving a suspension. All told, Greenlee started five games in 2015 after entering the year with one career start.

In the games in which he did play, Greenlee completed just under 47 percent of his 156 passes for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Six of those touchdowns came in a 42-14 win over Hawaii, while five of his six interceptions came in the last three games of the year.

Greenlee was a three-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2013 recruiting class.

Fresno State adds road trips to Arizona State and Texas A&M to future schedules

Arizona State running back Demario Richard (4) fumbles the ball as he is hit by the Texas A&M defense in the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Houston. Texas A&M recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
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Fresno State is busy arranging more future games against power conference opponents. On Thursday the school announced future road games against Texas A&M and Arizona State to be played in 2020 and 2023, respectively.

Fresno State is scheduled to play at Texas A&M on September 26, 2020. The Bulldogs will visit Arizona State on September 16, 2023. It was reported yesterday Fresno State has agreed to a future game against Oregon to be played in Eugene on September 4, 2021.

“These games offer Fresno State the continued opportunity to showcase Bulldog football across the country against elite competition,” Fresno State director of athletics Jim Bartko said in a released statement. “They reflect our scheduling philosophy to create opportunities to produce necessary income and bring long-term consistency in our scheduling model.”

Fresno State will play at least one opponent from a power conference each season through 2023, with the lone exception right now being 2020. No non-conference games have been announced for Fresno State for the 2022 season.

The addition of Fresno State to the schedule for Texas A&M does not satisfy the non-conference scheduling requirement in the SEC for the Aggies, but that requirement is already met with a game scheduled against former Big 12 foe Colorado, now of the Pac-12. The addition of Fresno State in 2020 does complete Texas A&M’s non-conference slate (games are also scheduled against North Texas and Abilene Christian).

Arizona State has no such non-conference scheduling obligation to include a power conference opponent in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils, however, are scheduled to venture into SEC territory with a road trip to LSU on September 9, 2023.

Report: Oregon adding Fresno State to 2021 schedule

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, left, gets past Fresno State defender Shawn Plummer during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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The Oregon Ducks will open the 2021 season at home against Fresno State. The Ducks and Bulldogs will square off in Autzen Stadium on September 4, 2021 according to a report from FBSchedules.com. Oregon will pay Fresno State $950,000 for the game.

The Pac-12 has no power conference scheduling requirement similar to the non-conference scheduling requirements found in the ACC, Big Ten or SEC. The Ducks, though, have at least one power conference opponent lined up each season through 2021 with the exception of 2018 (for now). The week after hosting Fresno State in 2021, Oregon will be on the road to play Ohio State. That is the second game in a previously arranged home-and-home series between the Big Ten and Pac-12 powers and first College Football Playoff national championship game participants. Oregon hosts Ohio State the previous season on September 12, 2020.

Oregon also plays Virginia and Nebraska this fall, Nebraska again in 2017, Auburn in Arlington, Texas in 2019 and BYU in 2022. Oregon has two scheduling vacancies in 2018 to fill.

Oregon will be Fresno State’s second Pac-12 opponent in 2021, and both will be played on the road. The Bulldogs head to UCLA the following week after playing the Ducks. Fresno State will play at Nebraska this year and is loaded in 2017 with road games at Alabama and Washington and a home game against BYU. Fresno State also plays Minnesota and UCLA in 2018 and Minnesota and Colorado in 2019.

WR Josiah Blandin leaving Fresno State as grad transfer

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After a bit of a lull in movement, there’s yet another player who has decided to take advantage of what many consider to be an NCAA transfer loophole.

The latest to do as much is Josiah Blandin, who Fresno State announced Tuesday night had decided to leave the Bulldogs football program and transfer elsewhere. As the wide receiver will graduate with a degree in sociology this spring, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 at another FBS school if he enrolls in a graduate program not offered at his previous university.

The 2016 season will be Blandin’s final year of eligibility.

“I’d like to thank Josiah for being a hard-working member of our football program this past year and for his efforts to graduate from Fresno State,” a statement from head coach Tim DeRuyter read. “We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

After transferring in from the junior college ranks in the summer of 2015, Blandin tied for the team lead with five receiving touchdowns last season. His 22 receptions and 251 receiving yards were good for fourth.

He started four of the 11 games in which he played in what turned out to be his lone season with the Bulldogs.

QB Zack Greenlee leaving Fresno State, will transfer

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A player who began the 2015 season as Fresno State’s starting quarterback will begin the 2016 season on another roster.

Fresno State announced in a press release that Zack Greenlee has been granted a release from the Bulldogs football program.  The school noted in the release that Greenlee will finish out the spring academic semester at Fresno State before seeking another institution to which to transfer.

“I am very thankful for the dedication that Zack brought to our program,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “He was a good teammate and a good player to coach. He now wishes to pursue other avenues with his education and football career and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

Greenlee started the last season as the starter, but wound up losing the job shortly after serving a suspension. All told, Greenlee started five games last season after entering the year with one career start.

In the games in which he did play, Greenlee completed just under 47 percent of his 156 passes for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Six of those touchdowns came in a 42-14 win over Hawaii, while five of his six interceptions came in the last three games of the year.

Greenlee was a three-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2013 recruiting class.