By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Sunday he hopes to “know something soon” on the status of the Broncos’ three players from Amsterdam.
Senior safety Cedric Febis, sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn and sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe were held out of the opener against Georgia while the school looks into their NCAA eligibility.
The players are practicing with the team.
“Like you guys, I check every day,” Petersen said at his weekly press conference. “The NCAA doesn’t work during the weekends. (Boise State executive director for NCAA compliance) John Cunningham has been doing obviously an extremely thorough job.”
Petersen hopes to get some clarity before the Broncos return to the field Sept. 16 at Toledo.
“I know we’re going to know more and we’re really hopeful that we will (have an answer),” he said.
Petersen said the issues involved came “very much out of left field.”
“There was no indication that there were any problems at all,” he said.
He said he didn’t know the exact scope of the problem or what could be at stake for the players and the program.
“They’re looking from A to Z,” he said. “I don’t know everything myself.”
Petersen said he needs at least a couple days of notice to use the players in this week’s game. The Broncos travel Thursday. Coaches haven’t determined how the players will be used in practice yet.
Petersen also said the whole situation has been difficult on the players involved.
“We need to not lose sight of that — these guys are crushed,” he said. “Cedric has been here a long time and he finally gets an opportunity (to start) and the day before the biggest game of his life, or a couple days, it’s like, ‘This isn’t going to happen.’ So that’s been really, really hard. We’re just trying to be as supportive as we can to these guys and we’re just really hopeful that we get them back.”
— Starting fullback Dan Paul is doubtful and “week to week” with a groin injury.
— Tight end/fullback Chandler Koch is at least questionable.
— Cornerback Ebo Makinde, who missed all of fall camp and the opener with an offseason chest injury, will return this week.
— Left guard Joe Kellogg, who was injured in the Georgia game, has made good progress. He’s “day to day,” which is better than originally thought.
— Defensive tackle Mike Atkinson, the tight ends and possibly linebacker Tommy Smith will take the fullback snaps.
A couple other highlights from Petersen:
— On the Broncos’ 14 players in the NFL: “They’re good players and good kids. It’s awesome for them to get to chase their dreams.”
— On Toledo’s performance against Ohio State: “It’s not that surprising. Even when we played them last year we had one of those games where kind of everything went right for us (BSU won 57-14). I remember walking off the field thinking, ‘This is a pretty good team and they’re only going to get better because they were all young guys.’ … If you watched the tape of the game against Ohio State, they played right with them. It’s not a fluke. It’s a good football team.”
— On defensive end Shea McClellin: “Shea, to me, is kind of the Kellen Moore on the other side. He always has a good game. He doesn’t have a bad game. He might have a play that’s not exactly how we’d like it, but the bigger the game the better he’s going to play.”
— Petersen said he was in the office, preparing for a game against Central Michigan, when the terrorist attacks happened on Sept. 11, 2001. He talked about football’s role as the nation healed then and remembered this weekend. “That’s the beauty of sports in this country,” he said. “It brings people together and you can free your mind from real problems for a little bit of time.”
Here is my earlier post on the polls.