By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn will play Friday night at Fresno State, coach Chris Petersen said Monday.
Boldewijn was suspended by the university and reinstated by the NCAA over an eligibility concern. The NCAA informed Boise State of his reinstatement late Friday but he was required to miss four games, Boise State athletics spokesman Max Corbet said.
The university is expected to release a statement about the situation involving Boldewijn, senior safety Cedric Febis (suspended for first game) and sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (still out), who all are from Amsterdam.
No reasons for their suspensions have been provided other than that they are related to non-academic, NCAA-eligibility matters.
Boldewijn’s return should provide a spark in the passing game. He is the Broncos’ fastest and tallest wide receiver and he was a consistent playmaker in this year’s scrimmages.
Boldewijn had been practicing with the scout team in recent weeks.
“It’ll be fun,” senior quarterback Kellen Moore said. “Geraldo, he deserves some opportunities and finally they’re here. We’ll be excited to get him out there. He brings some stuff that probably some other guys can’t.”
Senior defensive tackle Billy Winn said the process has been difficult for the three Dutch players.
“They’ve been kind of bummed about it, but they understand what’s going on and they’re just glad they’re going to be back,” Winn said.
Moore said his knee is not causing any problems for him. He was injured and left the game for one play against Toledo. He has worn a knee brace in the two games since.
“It’s nothing. Not injured,” he said. “Just something that happened a few weeks ago and sort of a doctor deal.”
Petersen said several of Moore’s incompletions against Nevada came down to timing.
“So many of the passes that he throws that everybody goes, ‘That was an unbelievable throw,’ are thrown so early with so much timing that most people aren’t going to throw them,” Petersen said.
On the two interceptions, Petersen said Moore had a receiver wide open for a touchdown when he was nearly sacked and misjudged how much he could get on the throw and was trying to throw the deep ball to the sideline and missed to the inside.
“Not every throw is going to be perfect,” Petersen said. “You guys have fallen under that spell as well.”
Moore, as was the case after the game, said little about the least-efficient performance of his career.
“I just take it and move on,” he said.
On the injury front:
— Cornerback Jerrell Gavins still is likely to redshirt. “If we thought he could get back in four weeks, then it’s a tougher decision,” Petersen said. “At this point, we don’t think it will be that soon.”
— Backup center Matt Paradis will be able to play this week but it hasn’t been determined whether he or Cory Yriarte will start. Yriarte started and played well last week. Senior starter Thomas Byrd is improving, Petersen said.
— Wide receiver and punt returner Chris Potter’s status will be determined later this week.
— Senior fullback Dan Paul remains week to week.
Here is the Petersen audio.
Moore will make a live appearance on Jim Rome's radio show at noon Tuesday. The show airs on KTIK.