By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
As classes start today at Boise State, I’m clearing out my notebook. Here are a few leftover notes:
The only true freshman who definitely will play so far is defensive end Tyler Horn, who is on the No. 2 defensive line. Other candidates include linebacker Blake Renaud, nickel Corey Bell, wide receiver Dallas Burroughs and defensive backs Lee Hightower and Darian Thompson.
Here’s how I’d prioritize that list, in terms of most likely to play: Horn, Renaud, Burroughs, Hightower/Thompson and Bell. Renaud probably will be the No. 5 linebacker. The question with Burroughs is whether he’d get enough playing time to make it worthwhile. The Broncos lack depth in the secondary — at least until cornerback Ebo Makinde returns — but probably can get by without playing a freshman. And the issue with Bell is that his playing time likely would come exclusively on special teams, which might not be enough to justify using him.
The Broncos only have five scholarship players in the class of 2014 and would like to play some of these guys to add them to that class, but coach Chris Petersen recently backed off his previous insistence that several freshmen play.
“First and foremost, they’ve got to be good enough and they’ve got to be able to help us,” Petersen said. “You don’t want to play anybody for just a few plays. When you play a freshman, you’re playing him.”
Offensive line coach Chris Strausser, on true freshman offensive linemen Marcus Henry, Rees Odhiambo and Adam Sheffield: “They’ve been great. I’m really pleased with this group of guys. … It’s a good, competitive group. They’re all really into it. All three guys have a chance to be good players for us.”
Wide receivers coach Robert Prince, on replacing Austin Pettis: “I know he was a very sure-handed guy and I think Kellen (Moore) could use him as a crutch and we’re still establishing who’s going to be that guy.”
Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, on Renaud: “He’s been practicing well and he’s a good football player and he’s very instinctual.”
Versus and CBS Sports are starting to roll out their coverage plans for college football. Here’s a story from USA Today.
The Fiesta Bowl has been moved to Jan. 2. It will air at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, following the Rose Bowl. The game had been scheduled for Jan. 5 because of concerns about potential NFL schedule changes if the lockout wasn’t resolved.