By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen addressed the media this afternoon to discuss Saturday’s home opener against Miami (Ohio) and the opening loss to Michigan State. Here are some highlights:
— “It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve played. It really does. It feels to me like we still have just so many questions to get answered.”
— On Miami (Ohio): “These guys are really, really good in the pass game. Michigan State’s forte as we know is running the ball. These guys can throw it. This will be one of the top quarterbacks we see this year, that’s how good I think this guy is.”
— On the run game: “We were not nearly good enough in the O-line. We could not get anything started. D.J. (Harper) never had a chance. … I think our guys know their assignments. They just didn’t execute them. … Some guys in there have played a lot of football and didn’t play particularly well and need to play better.”
— On QB Joe Southwick: “He’s just got to get better. There are a handful of plays if we can make at that position we’ll win the game. I’ve been around a lot of pretty good players, some can make them and some can’t. … It was one of those games where the margin for error was so slim.”
— On tailback D.J. Harper: “He didn’t have a chance. If he had a chance, he would have made big plays.”
— On the true freshmen: “Their role will grow as long as they stay into it, stay focused. When you’re going to play a freshman, you don’t want to play him one play or three plays.”
— The four players suspended for the opener are eligible to play this week. Petersen said redshirt freshman quarterback Jimmy Laughrea’s availability for the opener did not factor into the starting quarterback race. “Not one iota,” he said. The other returning players are wide receiver Dallas Burroughs, tailback Jay Ajayi and long snapper Chris Roberson.
— On the defensive line: “I thought they played pretty well, I really did. I thought their effort was tremendous. They were going hard and had they not had to play however many snaps it was, I think that would have changed things for them as well.”
— Petersen said he won’t talk about week-to-week injuries this season but will talk about long-term injuries. He said the team did not have any long-term injuries from the opener or bye week.
Here is audio from the press conference.