By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State sophomore cornerback Jamar Taylor could be the only Bronco to make his starting debut in Monday’s season opener against Virginia Tech in Landover, Md.
Taylor played a contributing role as a true freshman in 2008 and redshirted in 2009, when an injury would have cut his season short.
He put together an impressive offseason — from winter workouts all the way through fall camp — to earn the starting spot vacated by All-American Kyle Wilson. Taylor plays on the short side of the field with senior safety Jeron Johnson.
Taylor says he doesn’t feel any pressure from following in the footsteps of Wilson, who started for three and a half years.
“I’m real confident,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and not try to be Superman. … Everyone has their time to step in and start, to make plays. Now it’s my time. I’ve waited long enough.”
He admits to a mild case of nerves.
“I’ve been doing this since I was 5,” he said. “I’m ready to go out and play. … I had a good fall camp. I tried to go out every day and get better.”
Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has four keys for the Broncos in Monday’s game:
— Run the ball effectively. That has been a problem recently against top-notch defenses. “We can’t be one-dimensional,” he said.
— No turnovers. The Broncos lost three fumbles in last year’s season opener against Oregon.
— Avoid second-and-15-type situations. “Don’t put ourselves in negative situations,” he said.
— And score touchdowns in the red zone. That has been a bugaboo at times for the Broncos, most notably in that opener against Oregon last year (two touchdowns, two empty possessions) and the Broncos’ only loss of the past two seasons, the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl against TCU (three short field goals). “We’ve been down that road against good teams,” Harsin said. “When we get down there, we’ve got to score. … Against the good defenses, they swell up in the red zone. That’s what good defenses do. That’s why they give up 15 points a game. It’s not like teams don’t move the ball.”