By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior tailback Doug Martin has more receiving yards (147) than rushing yards (127) this season. He’s averaging 3.0 yards per carry but 18.4 yards per catch.
He has averaged 25.5 offensive touches per game and ranks seventh in the nation in all-purpose yards (189 per game), which takes into account his kickoff-return yards.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease hopes to get Martin at least 20 offensive touches a game this season. He averaged 17.6 touches last year.
“I don’t care if it’s rushing or receiving or whatever, he’s touching the ball,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “I definitely feel comfortable feeding him 20, 25 times.”
Martin took a screen pass 71 yards for a touchdown last week at Toledo. He finished with a career-high 122 receiving yards.
“He’s playing as well as he’s ever played for us,” coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s running hard. He’s kind of the Energizer bunny. He’s always the same — he gets hit hard, he pops right up and jogs back to the huddle. He’s one of those guys who gets stronger and tougher as the game goes on. Knock on wood, if he can stay healthy, I think he’s poised for a really good year.”
Pease credited the Georgia and Toledo defenses with containing Martin in the ground game.
“The first game, there were men out there,” Pease said. “Those guys were big. (Toledo) is a team that did a lot of line stunts up front and that’s tough on our guys. … They were smart — they didn’t go for him shoulder pad to shoulder pad. They were going for his legs.”
Martin’s presence has helped open space for the pass game, which is averaging 363 yards per game. The Broncos are averaging 137 yards on the ground — well below their goal of 200, but many of those yards have come late in games as the Broncos clinched victories.
“We’re getting the right yardage when we need to,” Pease said. “I know our goal is 200 but still when we rush for 147 we’re happy with it.”
Tulsa first-year defensive coordinator Brent Guy was the defensive coordinator at Boise State from 1998 to 2000. He also was the Utah State coach from 2005 to 2008, facing Boise State every year.
That gives the Broncos a pretty good idea what to expect from the Hurricane’s defense. However, they expect some differences from what the Hurricane have shown so far this year.
“They’re learning on the fly,” Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore said. “… You’re going to see a much better team this week.”
Guy was the defensive coordinator at Louisville in 2009 and the linebackers coach in UNLV in 2010.
Tulsa’s difficult September took a turn for the worse Wednesday when former linebacker George Clinkscale died. He played for the Hurricane from 2005 to 2009. Here is a story on his death.