By Chadd Cripe
Boise State sophomore wide receiver Titus Young’s suspension has been changed to indefinite, football coach Chris Petersen said Monday.
Young originally was suspended for “at least” three games, through Friday night’s game at San Jose State. He was suspended for violating team rules.
Young is not practicing with the team. He hasn’t violated any rules since his original suspension, Petersen said.
“It’s just that we need time apart,” Petersen said.
Petersen gave no indication of when he would reconsider Young’s status.
“We’ll look at it down the road,” he said. “That’s the best I can do for you guys.”
Young had 10 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown and five carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also was suspended for the game against Bowling Green, so he has only played in three of seven games.
The Broncos have not hit a deep ball to a wide receiver in the past three games without the speedy Young.
“To throw deep balls, you have to be able to pass protect for quite a while,” Petersen said. “We’ve got to be better there. Some of it is coverage issues. Some of it is the defense not allowing us to do those types of things.”
Petersen's press conference audio is available here.
Freshman left guard Cory Yriarte sustained a knee injury Friday and will miss a couple games, Petersen said.
He didn’t know yet who would replace Yriarte, but one possibility is that Jon Gott will move from right guard to left guard, right tackle Kevin Sapien will move to right guard and either Matt Slater or Nate Potter will step in at right tackle.
Senior defensive tackle Steven Reveles will have surgery on his broken arm and likely will miss the rest of the season, Petersen said.
New Mexico State offensive lineman Polo Gutierrez added a little spice to Saturday’s game in Las Cruces with these comments during Monday’s teleconference with the media (click the links for audio):
-- On the No. 11 Broncos: “They’re not unbeatable. I said the exact same thing two years ago and we gave them a game. We showed them that we’re not scared and we’re not going to back down.”
-- On Boise State’s 40-28 win in 2006 in Las Cruces: “We had some really bad calls by the officials that we couldn’t deal with.”
-- On freshman center Michael Grady: “I think he’s going to have a blowout game against Boise. … He blocked (Nebraska). He blocked the best of the best. … If he can block them, I’m pretty sure he can block anybody in the nation, especially anybody in the WAC.”
-- On star wideout Chris Williams: “Boise’s DB’s, even though they think they’re good, I’m pretty sure he’s going to prove to them exactly why he’s an All-American.”
Other Aggies were more subdued, but also exuded confidence that they can bounce back from back-to-back losses to San Jose State and Idaho.
“We’re in a bit of shock right now,” Williams said. “We kind of thought we were going to go up there and get that win (at Idaho). … Our pride is a little hurt. Now we’re going to go show people we’re a much better team, we can play a lot better than that.”
New Mexico State has a mess of injuries on offense, particularly at receiver and on the line. Coach Hal Mumme doesn’t expect running back Marquell Colston (4.8 yards per carry), receiver Marcus Anderson (seven TD catches), receiver Wes Neiman (27 catches), running back Brandon Perez, offensive lineman Kyle Smith, offensive lineman Joel Buschmann or offensive lineman Richie Bolin to play this week.
Five of those injured guys were starters for the Aggies’ 48-45 defeat of Nevada on Oct. 11
The WAC players of the week were Hawaii quarterback Greg Alexander (17-of-22 for 205 yards and two TDs in relief), Idaho defensive end Josh Shaw (10 tackles, two sacks, forced fumble) and Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling (58-yard game-winning field goal).