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.
Fresno State announced Tuesday athletic director Thomas Boeh will no longer serve in the same capacity with the university, and he will be reassigned to another position.
“Thomas has effectively directed our athletics program to successes in the classroom and on the field,” Fresno State president Joseph Castro said in the school’s press release. “He has been unwavering in his commitment to our university, our intercollegiate program and our student-athletes. Fresno State has benefitted from his laser focus on student-athletes and dedication to Bulldogs athletics.”
Boeh will assume duties as special assistant to the president Aug. 15.
“After nine years as Director of Athletics at Fresno State, I am very proud of all that we have accomplished.” Boeh said. “Fresno State is a great university and I will look forward to continuing my service in a new capacity, one in which I believe I can contribute in a significant manner.”
Stephen Robertello and Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson will step into Boeh’s place and be named co-athletic directors.
“Our athletic programs will benefit from a fresh perspective and new leadership as they elevate to new heights of success,” Castro said.
Uncertainty always comes along with a fresh perspective. Fresno State’s football program was firmly in the nation’s spotlight last season under head coach Tim DeRuyter, though. DeRuyter is 20-6 after his first two seasons with the program. But lets see if he can maintain the momentum built last season without Derek Carr at quarterback. If Fresno State football falters over the next year or two, questions about DeRuyter’s status under a new athletic director will certainly be called into question.
(Hat Tip: The Fresno Bee)