Chris Petersen to Georgia kickoff returner: 'I don't kick the ball'; plus roster notes, Boise State depth chart

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Here are some highlights from Boise State coach Chris Petersen’s Monday press conference to talk about the Georgia game (audio here):

— Petersen had seen the message from Georgia kick returner Brandon Boykin, who tweeted over the weekend, “Dear Coach petersen, I DARE you to Kick to me.... Sincerely, Me and my #dawgs”. Petersen was asked about special teams Monday: “They have those kickers that coaches lose sleep over and the kick returner who wants a piece of me — and I don’t even play,” he said. “Don’t direct that at me. … I don’t kick the ball. He’s talking to the wrong guy. I’m shanking it out of bounds.”

— On Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “He’s one of those guys the more you watch him the more you appreciate him. … I always kind of judge things by Kellen (Moore), but he’s got that running dimension. Playing in the SEC as a freshman and doing what he did was extremely, extremely impressive — just as a thrower. And then you factor in how he moves.”

— True freshman update: Defensive end Tyler Horn and linebacker Blake Renaud will play, wide receiver Dallas Burroughs likely will play, tailback Jay Ajayi is being evaluated in light of the injury to sophomore tailback Malcolm Johnson and nickel Corey Bell and safety Lee Hightower are still on the bubble.

— Junior tailback Drew Wright, who missed quite a bit of time this fall with an ankle injury, is back, Petersen said.

— Johnson is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during Sunday’s practice. More on that from Brian Murphy here.

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Boise State released its depth chart for the Georgia game Monday.

A few notes:

— Sophomore Jake Broyles is listed as the starting right guard, but that doesn’t mean he’s won the starting job. It remains a three-man race between Broyles, senior Chuck Hayes and junior Brenel Myers.

— Boise State didn’t name a starting kicker. It’s a “dead heat,” special teams coach Jeff Choate said. A decision will be made early this week. Choate has emphasized versatility, which could give the edge to redshirt freshman Dan Goodale, who has the stronger leg.

Either way, Choate is confident in the field-goal situation.

“When we get the ball to the (25-yard line) and in, those guys have been awesome,” Choate said. “They have been very, very accurate. The competition has just made them better.”

Frisina’s range is about 42 yards and in. Goodale can go to 50 and beyond.

— Senior Hunter White likely will start at nickel and sophomore Jonathan Brown will play, too, Choate said. He expects Brown to play more as the season progresses.

— Senior Tyler Shoemaker is listed as the starter at slot receiver, where he played the last two years. Junior Mitch Burroughs is the starter at the outside receiver spot that Austin Pettis played last year. But the receivers will be mixed and matched so much that positions don’t really matter.

Here is the depth chart:

OFFENSE

Quarterback HT WT YR.
11 Kellen Moore 6-0 191 sr.
16 Joe Southwick OR 6-1 191 so.
9 Grant Hedrick 6-0 186 fr.

Tailback
22 Doug Martin 5-9 208 sr.
7 D.J. Harper 5-9 201 sr.

Fullback
47 Dan Paul 6-0 251 sr.
88 Chandler Koch 6-2 246 jr.

Tight end
80 Kyle Efaw OR 6-4 227 sr.
87 Gabe Linehan 6-3 240 so.

Wide receiver
2 Matt Miller OR 6-3 213 fr.
17 Geraldo Boldewijn 6-4 204 so.

Wide receiver
20 Mitch Burroughs 5-9 186 jr.
3 Chris Potter 5-9 156 jr.
18 Aaron Burks 6-2 191 so.

Slot receiver
89 Tyler Shoemaker 6-1 213 sr.
34 Kirby Moore 6-2 204 so.

Left tackle
73 Nate Potter 6-6 295 sr.
75 Faraji Wright 6-3 275 jr.

Left guard
61 Joe Kellogg 6-2 303 jr.
77 Spencer Gerke 6-3 289 so.

Center
66 Thomas Byrd 5-11 290 sr.
65 Matt Paradis 6-1 280 so.

Right guard
76 Jake Broyles 6-4 289 so.
55 Chuck Hayes 6-2 288 sr.

Right tackle
78 Charles Leno Jr. 6-3 294 so.
54 Michael Ames 6-4 283 jr.

DEFENSE

Stud
92 Shea McClellin OR 6-3 255 sr.
96 Jarrell Root 6-3 262 sr.

Tackle
90 Billy Winn 6-4 300 sr.
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 6-3 303 so.

Nose
97 Chase Baker 6-1 298 sr.
99 Mike Atkinson 6-0 312 jr.

End
40 Tyrone Crawford OR 6-4 273 sr.
96 Jarrell Root 6-3 262 sr.

Weak-side linebacker
36 Aaron Tevis OR 6-3 234 sr.
48 J.C. Percy 6-0 221 jr.

Middle linebacker
94 Byron Hout OR 6-0 239 sr.
33 Tommy Smith 6-1 236 jr.

Nickel
25 Hunter White OR 5-11 213 sr.
32 Jonathan Brown 5-10 212 so.
6 Dextrell Simmons 5-10 202 jr.

Cornerback
5 Jamar Taylor 5-11 196 jr.
26 Quaylon Ewing-Burton 6-0 182 so.

Cornerback
4 Jerrell Gavins 5-9 167 sr.
46 Bryan Douglas 5-9 163 fr.

Safety
8 George Iloka 6-3 213 sr.
30 Travis Stanaway 5-11 199 sr.

Safety
16 Cedric Febis 6-3 206 sr.
10 Jeremy Ioane 5-10 192 fr.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker
41 Dan Goodale OR 5-9 184 fr.
84 Michael Frisina 5-5 159 jr.

Punter
49 Brad Elkin 6-2 194 sr.
14 Trevor Harman 6-2 216 so.

Kickoff specialist
14 Trevor Harman 6-2 216 so.
41 Dan Goodale 5-9 184 fr.

Holder
16 Joe Southwick 6-1 191 so.

Long snapper
44 Chris Roberson 6-0 241 jr.

Kickoff returners
20 Mitch Burroughs 5-9 186 jr.
3 Chris Potter 5-9 156 jr.
22 Doug Martin 5-9 208 sr.
7 D.J. Harper 5-9 201 sr.

Punt returners
3 Chris Potter 5-9 156 jr.
20 Mitch Burroughs 5-9 186 jr.

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Nate Potter and Winn were named first-team preseason All-Americans by CBSSports.com. Kellen Moore is a second-teamer. View the team here.

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This isn't the football I played as a kid!

Stud
92 Shea McClellin OR 6-3 255 sr.
96 Jarrell Root 6-3 262 sr.

I'm not gonna argue...

Always exciting

to watch Doug Martin's burst of speed!

OK, but...

DE Abry Jones 6-3, 309
NT Kwame Geathers 6-6, 350

I know there's a way to play guys like that, here's hoping we do.

so they are

fat still the same group that lost to colorado last year... they play 3 down and the two olb act like de's play action play action play action....

malcolm johnson torn acl

Is this true chadd?

Yeah JL

Tough blow. check Murphs..

Why is kellen

starting?

Matt Miller...

Good to see him positioned there. Expect great things from him.

Have never been impressed with Burroughs...

Hope he proves me wrong...but if BSU coaching is fine with him...who am I to say otherwise.

Other than I was one calling for more playing time for Doug Martin LONG before he was ever inserted into the rotation...even before the strange decision to put him on defense was made.

Prognosticator

BSU needs to hire you for talent evaluations or you're the prognosticators of prognosticators...aka, the groundhog.

I love armchair quarterbacking or coaching.

That's what makes us fans

And what makes the games fun: Arm chair coaching/quarterbacking.

Kellen Moore and M.Burroughs are tied with 1 career TD catch

Plus, Burroughs has 16 more career catches than Kellen, as such, I can completely understand why a fellow fan would be unimpressed with Burrough's 2 year performance thus far. With Pettis and Young not being around, this will be his chance to step up, but so far, I haven't been impressed with him either. Bear in mind that sometimes ncaa recruits and NFL draft picks don't pan out as expected.

Burroughs

I think this is his breakout year. Let's not forget he has been in the shadow of two awesome receivers for two years. He has also missed half of last year with injuries. The coaches obviously have a lot of trust in him or he wouldn't be out there. So I guess we just wait and see.

Faraji Wright

Chadd, Faraji played at around 290 last year. Do you know if the weight loss is due to different diet or weight training for increased endurance at less weight?

Wright

No idea but I doubt it was by design. That caught my eye, too, when I got the new weights.

Ha Ha ha

coach pete cracks me up. What a great way to respond. I thought those SEC guys were sooooo knowlegable about football, then pete points out that the HC isnt the kicker. Kinda like football 101 LOL!
I can see it now.....
Bubba Brandon: Hey, that coach for them broncos is one tricky dude.
Jwan: Yo dog, you should try to psych him out, dare him to kick the rock to ya.
Bubba Brandon: Yeah, he will shank it then for sho.
Jwan: Its the only chance we got. Gotta ice that kicker coach pete before the game.
Bubba Brandon: Them Iowans sure got funny names. Who names their kid coach pete?
jwan: yo dog, tweet that out to jo bob, bronco, colt, and yo girl shaneekwa.

Tough break for Mr. Johnson.

My best wishes for a successful recovery.
Donk defense must be quick to the edges. Linebackers must contain the outside running game. Inside they will be fine. If BSU displays speed and containment to the edges, both vs the RB's and QB, they will win the game. This is where Venable will be missed.