Boise State CB Bryan Douglas' off-field commitment paying dividends; Miami QB will challenge Broncos' defense

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen tells young players that they’ll find success on the field if they push themselves in the weight room and the classroom.

Sophomore cornerback Bryan Douglas, a surprise starter in the season opener, has embraced that idea — and become a believer.

“Coach Pete says our guys that are doing good in academics are our best guys on the field, and it’s true,” Douglas said. “… I want to be one of those guys.”

Petersen dangled an extra carrot in front of Douglas this year. Douglas didn’t like the number he was assigned as a freshman — No. 46. Petersen told him if he dedicated himself in the strength and conditioning program and academically he would find him a new number.

“I’ve been proud of him this last year, and really in all three phases,” Petersen said. “Probably my biggest pet peeve was academics. I thought he was underachieving of what he was capable of. He’s really stepped up.”

Said Douglas: “I’ve taken a big step. I’m taking school much more seriously now.”

Douglas’ reward: the No. 1 jersey, one Petersen doesn’t give out easily. Previous owners include wide receiver Titus Young, cornerback Kyle Wilson and wide receiver Jerard Rabb.

Douglas actually wanted No. 7 (his high school number), but that has been owned by veterans since he joined the team.

“I was very surprised,” Douglas said. “When he told me I was getting No. 1, my heart dropped actually. I looked around like, ‘You sure you’re talking to me?’ It’s an honor to wear that number.”

Douglas started one game, at San Diego State, last year. He split time with senior returning starter Jerrell Gavins in this year’s opener at Michigan State and got the start.

Douglas finished with five tackles and a forced fumble. He wasn’t expecting to play so much in a secondary that features Gavins and another senior returning starter, Jamar Taylor.

“When you’re playing with two guys like that, you have no choice but to play up to their level,” he said. “They’ve been a great influence. Ever since I’ve been here, they’ve taken me under their wing. I’m kind of like their little brother. I’m just trying to latch onto them before they get out of here.”

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Miami (Ohio) visits Bronco Stadium on Saturday and boasts one of the nation’s most productive quarterbacks.

Senior Zac Dysert ranks second among active players in pass attempts (1,281), second in completions (823), second in completions per game (22.9), third in completion percentage (64.3), third in passing yards (9,059), third in passing yards per game (251.6) and fourth in TD passes (50). He’s also second in interceptions (41), which includes two thrown in Bronco Stadium in mop-up duty in 2009.

“This will be one of the top quarterbacks we see this year — that’s how good I think this guy is,” Petersen said. “… He’s just one of those guys that’s got ‘it.’ ”

Dysert is 6-foot-4, 219 pounds — and the Broncos say he’s a scrambler who’s difficult to tackle.

“You think you’ve got him down and … the next thing you know he throws it over your head,” Taylor said.

The RedHawks are 1-1. They lost 56-10 at Ohio State and won 30-14 against Southern Illinois.

Dysert was 31-of-53 for 303 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions against Ohio State. He was 28-of-36 for 226 yards and a touchdown against Southern Illinois.

He was 2-for-4 for 1 yard with two interceptions in his college debut in that 2009 game at Boise State, a 48-0 loss. He became the starter a couple weeks later.

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Boise State has surpassed last year's record for season-ticket sales with more than 24,000, the school announced Tuesday.

Tickets remain for all games, but only singles are available for BYU.

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Saturday at 12:30 PST

I talked to my friend this morning, for anyone near Santa Clara, CA, Wicked Chicken will have the BSU game on if you want to take in the Blue Turf on NBC SN.

I had planned on joining

you. But I'm heading for the airport, L.A. bound until Saturday.....

Have fun

Go Broncos!

That's why they call it

Bronco Nation. I'm planning to catch the BYU game the following Thursday there as well. Glad you are able to stay in touch through the blog. You help maintain the sanity.

Congratulations Bryan

Not many athletes realize their potential and when most do it is too late to do anything about it. Not you my friend. Congrats on that.

So,

coach Pete not only excels at coaching football, but is also a pretty good guidance counsellor. Of course, he has more carrots than your regular counsellor, and as a result, we get to watch the young man's emergence as a DB in a very solid secondary. Keep working, Bryan!

Bryan

Your education will still be there long after your 40 time is NFL competitive. I love seeing young men who get it. I look forward to seeing you excell on the field and the classroom!

Sounds like OKG

Excellence on the field is nothing if you aren't excellent in other facets of life. It's great to see young men like Bryan Douglas get this early on in their journey. Coaches, teammates, classmates, and teachers can all inspire greatness. College presents many choices. Those that choose wisely reflect well on the program. Thanks Bryan!

couldn't agree more e-dave

Great post! I've often maintained that college isn't where you get an education, but rather learn how to be educated. Pursuit of your education should last your entire lifetime. I think Coach Pete tries very hard to instill this in his players. Props to Bryan Douglas for his hard work and efforts on and off the field.