Boise State's D.J. Harper even better after knee injury, Harsin says; defense should look the same this year, Kwiatkowski says

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2010 Idaho Statesman

I met with Boise State coordinators Bryan Harsin and Pete Kwiatkowski yesterday. Here are some odds and ends, in addition to the news I reported last night:

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Boise State did most of its work on improving its efficiency on deep balls during the spring. Harsin is confident quarterback Kellen Moore has improved, but he also doesn’t expect a major change in philosophy.

“Kellen’s so good at that quick game, that quick-strike pass game,” Harsin said. “That’s one of his strengths.”

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Harsin was impressed with junior tailback D.J. Harper during camp. Harper returned from a torn ACL.

“He made a case for himself to be on the field,” Harsin said. “I didn’t feel like that guy came in and kind of felt his way back through it. He looks better than I’ve seen him, which is great for him after what he went through.”

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Right tackle Brenel Myers had a strong camp and seems to have nailed down his spot. Center Thomas Byrd had his best fall camp, Harsin said, but remains locked in a battle with Joe Kellogg to regain his spot.

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Harsin thinks it’s important to identify a backup quarterback this season. During most 11-on-11 sessions, the starters get six snaps, the backups get four snaps and the starters get up to six more snaps. That’s not much practice time for the backup quarterback — particularly if it’s freshman Joe Southwick — so sharing reps isn’t practical.

“I know come game week we’ll know who the backup is going to be … so in their mind they can be very focused in on those reps they get in practice,” Harsin said.

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Kwiatkowski expects to have some nerves for the opener, his debut as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator after four years as the defensive line coach.

“I guarantee I’ll be a lot more nervous now than I have been in the past,” he said.

But he doesn’t expect fans to notice a difference.

“I hope not,” he said. “We were pretty good.”

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Kwiatkowski is expecting contributions from redshirt freshmen Kharyee Marshall (end) and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (tackle). Throw in junior-college transfer Tyrone Crawford (end), and that’s three linemen in the rotation who will make their college debuts against Virginia Tech.

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nIce

Nice to see Ricky TAT and Kharyee make their debuts. I figured Crawford would be too good to sit, you don't keep on a kid from HS through JC because he's not that good. Rarely see the Bronco Coaches be that dedicated to one individual player. Very excited to see Marshall especially, kid is about the 4th fasted player on the team and he's a DE. That's just freakish speed off the end.

Im not sure

we have ever been so deep at each position. We will need every guy to play at his best that first game. Anyone else wonder how the newcomers will do in their first game? On the road, in front of 85k plus fans in humid conditions?

It is not a wonder or a guess.

They will play over their heads. This is not uncommon for a players first experience. If you played, you know what I mean.

IMO Harsin is simply giving Couglin some senior respect

by drawing out his decision as to who will be Kellen's back up.

Kellen Moore is our Joe Montana and Southwick will be our Steve Young. As such, I'd be very surprised if he picks Coughlin over Southwick as the #2 QB.

Chadd, injury update please

I've heard rumors of Jeron Johnson in a boot... Can you give us any kind of injury update on he and Iloka? Two starting safeties down is cause for news updates!

He answered this yesterday/Chadd

He cant give specifics about any injury because Coach Pete has a deal with media members. They get to watch practice as long as they keep stuff "in house". Dont want the opposition to know too much. Chadd is limited to whatever Coach Pete tells himself personally.
JJ was seen in a boot but most people point it out its probably a cautionary thing and it not too serious.

Kyle Brotzman

Didnt see kyle kicking in the last scrimmage. Is he hurt? He is a very important part of our scoring offence.