By Chadd Cripe
The Boise State football team has taken a hit at one of its thinnest positions.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Greg Grimes will miss four to six weeks with a leg injury, coach Chris Petersen said Monday. Grimes is expected to contribute in the tackle rotation this season.
The injury leaves the Broncos perilously thin at tackle, where they already will miss redshirt freshman Michael Atkinson for three games because of suspension. The Broncos open the season Sept. 3 against Oregon.
The Broncos have two proven performers at tackle in starters Chase Baker and Billy Winn, both sophomores. However, Grimes’ injury leaves sophomore J.P. Nisby and redshirt freshman converted end Darren Koontz as the backups. The Broncos like to rotate four tackles during games.
Sophomore offensive guard Chuck Hayes, a former defensive end, took snaps at defensive tackle Monday afternoon. He also took snaps at offensive guard, where he is a long shot to make the lineup.
I'll have a full story on the Broncos' tackle situation later this week.