By Chadd Cripe
The Boise State football players and coaches are starting to talk about sophomore defensive tackle Chase Baker like they did last year about All-WAC end Ryan Winterswyk.
“He’s phenomenal,” sophomore linebacker Hunter White said. “He’s definitely improved so much. When he’s in front of me, I know he’ll do his assignment, be physical and get off blocks.”
Baker is 6-foot-1 and about 300 pounds. He all but locked up a starting job with an outstanding spring. He played last year as a true freshman because he was “too good” to redshirt, defensive line coach Pete Kwiatkowski said.
“He’s jumped way up,” Winterswyk said. “He’s a smart player, too. He figures things out quickly.”
Baker worked on his conditioning during the winter with the other tackles. He hopes to become more physical and “demand the attention of the offensive line.”
I’ll have more on Baker in Tuesday’s edition of the Idaho Statesman.
Freshman tailback Malcolm Johnson got his “Welcome to college football” moment Monday morning in the first of two practices. Junior safety Jeron Johnson met Johnson in the hole and smacked him for the loudest hit of fall camp so far.
The defense mostly dominated the two practices with the linebackers piling up turnovers. In the afternoon, linebacker Hunter White had a pick six, cornerback Antwon Murray had an interception, linebacker Aaron Tevis forced a fumble and linebacker Tommy Smith forced a fumble. Smith also had an interception in the morning practice. Most of the turnovers were committed by backups.