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Wilson ready for leadership mantle of the Bulldog defense

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As Fresno State’s top returning tackler, Ridgeview grad Kyrie Wilson is aware of the increased leadership role expected from him for his senior season.

The Bakersfield native will be looked to anchor a young linebacking corps in 2015. But he’s sent a clear message regarding the tone he’d like to set for the unit.

“The expectations are to be hard, fast and physical,” Wilson said. “Definitely be physical and stop the run and then help out on the pass.

“You have to be physical, play hard and have a purpose out there. Be ready to play for the guy standing next to you.”

Last year Wilson recorded 90 tackles—third on the team, 6 ½ tackles for a loss, a sack and two interceptions.

But he’s identified the facets of his game he is looking to improve for his final season with the ‘Dogs.

“My priority is to get better at footwork and filling the gaps,” Wilson said. “Everyday I’m just trying to get better.”

The Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 3 at home against Abilene Christian. The ‘Dogs won’t have to wait long to be put to test with a road trip nine days later into SEC territory to face No. 15 Ole Miss on Sept. 9.

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