By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Monday that the Broncos’ lack of production in the run game has several contributing factors.
The Broncos are averaging 3.4 yards per carry. They set a school record last year at 5.4 yards per carry.
“It’s not any one thing, that’s the bad news,” he said. “It’s a combination of us just not staying on our blocks and not reading a few of the blocks correctly. We have to play better there. We have to up the game in that department.”
WORD is the audio from the press conference.
The Broncos face Nevada on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Bronco Stadium). The Wolf Pack’s rebuilt offense has been racking up yards this season but has had trouble scoring. They are 1-2 after a 35-34 loss last week at Texas Tech.
“They’re at the point where they’ve developed guys and they can put them in and they’re not in a rebuilding situation,” Petersen said. “And I think they play hard. I know that they’ll give us fits, like they always do.”
Petersen said he hadn’t met with the training staff yet and didn’t have any injury updates. Senior center Thomas Byrd is week to week and is not listed on the depth chart for Saturday’s game. Sophomore Matt Paradis, who left last week’s game with an injury, is listed as the starter with Cory Yriarte as the backup.
“Each had something here and there to kind of add to the (rushing) woes,” Petersen said of Paradis and Yriarte, “but overall they played well.”
Junior tight end/fullback Chandler Koch did get into the Tulsa game, his first action of the year.
Petersen also didn’t have an update on defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, who remain sidelined with eligibility issues.
“Same as it was week one,” Petersen said of his frustration level. “We’re extremely frustrated and hopefully we’ll get these guys back soon. I don’t have any new information.”
Nevada will play two quarterbacks this week with one getting more of the work, coach Chris Ault said. The starter won’t be determined until later in the week.
Senior Tyler Lantrip has been the starter but redshirt freshman Cody Fajardo played well last week against Texas Tech. Fajardo was 4-of-6 for 59 yards and a touchdown and he rushed 10 times for 139 yards and two scores. Lantrip was 11-of-18 for 191 yards and one TD with seven carries for 17 yards.
Boise State’s internal players of the week were wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker (offense), cornerback Jerrell Gavins (defense), kickoff specialist Trevor Harman (special teams), defensive end Shea McClellin (lineman), safety Hazen Moss (Hammer), fullback Jamal Wilson (scout offense), safety Lee Hightower (scout defense) and defensive back Eric Agbaroji (scout special teams).
Nickel Hunter White will continue to be the holder. The kickers like “how quickly he gets the ball down and he can move the laces quickly,” Petersen said. “He’s pretty consistent regardless of where the snap is.”
Petersen wasn’t satisfied with the second-half effort in last week’s 41-21 win. The Broncos led 34-0 early in the third quarter.
“We’d definitely like to play better in the second half,” he said. “The energy wasn’t the same as it was in the first half. Some of that was some of the guys who haven’t played a lot, which was a little bit understandable.”