By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen on Tuesday tried to reduce the expectations that have been placed on sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.
Boldewijn, who was suspended for the first four games because of NCAA violations, made two touchdown catches and dropped what would have been a third in his season debut Friday night at Fresno State.
Fans, teammates, the media and even opposing coaches have talked about the added dimension Boldewijn brings to the receiving corps. He is the tallest, fastest receiver on the team.
Boldewijn made 11 catches last season as a redshirt freshman.
“I thought he did fine,” Petersen said. “I say this to take pressure off of him — Geraldo’s caught 10 passes for us in the past year. It’s not like getting Austin Pettis or Titus Young back. He’s a young guy that’s a work in progress. But I thought he did well. I thought Kellen (Moore’s) passes to him were as accurate as possibly could be to make it easier on him.”
Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild was impressed with Boldewijn.
“He makes them more dynamic than they were,” he said. “They were doing just fine, but he certainly brings another element to their offense.”
Colorado State is wearing all white Saturday and staging a white-out, with a tie-in to cancer awareness.
That means Boise State could wear all blue for its first Mountain West game — just not on the blue turf.
“I believe we’re wearing blue,” Petersen said. “Something dark, I know that. That’s still to be determined.”
Boise State is 74th in the nation with nine sacks this season. The Broncos led the nation last year, with 49.
The Broncos still are getting good pressure but opposing offenses seem to be throwing more quick passes. Opposing quarterbacks’ numbers are similar to last year: 52.7 percent completions (51.2 last year), six touchdowns (eight last year), nine interceptions (14 last year) and 104.14 efficiency (95.20 last year).
“That’s where numbers can lie to you,” Petersen said of the lower sack count. “… If you look at the overall numbers, a lot of it has to do with what those guys are doing up front.”