By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Three Boise State assistant football coaches are meeting with their colleagues at Texas this week — part of the coaches’ annual professional development program.
Texas coach Mack Brown, who said the meetings Thursday and Friday were Boise State’s idea, hopes to learn from the Broncos’ creativity. His visitors are wide receivers coach Brent Pease, running backs coach Keith Bhonapha and special teams/linebackers coach Jeff Choate.
“I’ve not been happy with our trick plays,” Brown said Thursday at his pre-spring press conference. “I want to have more fun. Of course, it's hard to have trick plays with the spread offense. (Coach) Chris Petersen and Boise have done the best job with it. I want us to have more innovations.”
Boise State has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most creative teams because of its successful trick plays in Fiesta Bowl defeats of Oklahoma and TCU in recent years. A fake punt set up the Broncos’ winning touchdown against TCU last month.
Last year, the Broncos ran seven plays on which someone other than the quarterback threw a pass or lateral, not counting the swinging-gate two-point conversions.
Six of those plays resulted in completions — netting 128 yards, or 21.3 yards per catch.
"I don't want five (trick plays a game),” Brown said. “I'm not into backyard football, but it's fun.”