Boise State WR Aaron Burks hopes to provide big-play spark

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

Boise State junior wide receiver Aaron Burks had a chance to make a big impact at Michigan State.

He got open on a deep ball in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos trailing by four. The ball was underthrown, but Burks was able to draw a pass-interference penalty on the defense.

He hopes for more chances like that this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Texas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds this spring, the fourth-fastest time on the team.

“I’m just hoping to provide consistency,” he said. “I feel like I already have a good relationship with the quarterbacks, just that they trust us. I want to be a big-play guy. I want to take that role and run with it.”

Burks has 12 catches for 115 yards in his career, largely in mop-up duty.

He is 10 pounds heavier, stronger and faster this year — tools he hopes will make him more dynamic on the field.

“I’m just trying to make a big play,” he said.

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True freshman linebacker Tyler Gray starts on three special-teams units — kickoff, punt return and kickoff return. And he could be a big factor down the road.

“He did a good job … for a new guy, in that environment,” special teams coach Scott Huff said of the opener. “… He’s a big, athletic kid. He’s got a lot of ability there.”

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Boise State did not award the Hammer for a hit against Michigan State. However, nickel Dextrell Simmons will carry it out Saturday because he’s representative of what the Hammer means, Huff said.

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Φ Get this guy

the ball! He's got the ability to torch defenses. How about starting tomorrow?

[Edit: Another great one from Dr. Lou: "Quitting is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."]

razor

I'm not convinced AB is ready still. He has all the tangibles, but something has been missing.
Not sure its his fault.
The Broncos use an offense that relies on ball control and moving the chains and 2011 season was a prime example. I'm hoping the Broncos start using weapons like Aaron, DB etc...and start having some big plays again.

Φ Sorry, but

I like the long game and want to see it. I concur with your thought that it may not be his fault. Until he gets the ball - and more than a couple of times - we won't know.

What we don't need is another 24-for-37 (on the ground) or anything like it.

No more bye weeks.

Just play the darn game. It will be great to have something fresh to talk about..... and I hope Burks has a great game.

Hope is a town in Arkansas, Do is a Mr.

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You fry wants with that?

I think Coach Prince needs to open it up

I was at the game and Miami-Ohio did not respect the long game. They had no one playing the deep ball except in one-on-one coverage. We didn't throw deep so they crowded the line. We were able to open holes for the run game despite, but it won't always work so well. Throw deep more than twice a game. Joe's deep ball looks good - use it! Worse case it will open up the run game for D.J.
Most of the team played well but I was really disappointed in the play of the twelfth man. The noise level was not nearly as good as in the past, despite a reported good turn out (I saw a lot of empty seats in the north end zone and parts of the west grandstand). Few in the bleachers were yelling/cheering. Many stayed seated throughout the game, no high fives or foot stomping. And half the bleachers left at half-time and didn't return. That hasn't happened since the Skip Hall days.
Come on folks, get out there and do YOUR part. There's no way BYU should be able to call audibles on third down!

I think Coach Prince needs to open it up

I was at the game and Miami-Ohio did not respect the long game. They had no one playing the deep ball except in one-on-one coverage. We didn't throw deep so they crowded the line. We were able to open holes for the run game despite, but it won't always work so well. Throw deep more than twice a game. Joe's deep ball looks good - use it! Worse case it will open up the run game for D.J.
Most of the team played well but I was really disappointed in the play of the twelfth man. The noise level was not nearly as good as in the past, despite a reported good turn out (I saw a lot of empty seats in the north end zone and parts of the west grandstand). Few in the bleachers were yelling/cheering. Many stayed seated throughout the game, no high fives or foot stomping. And half the bleachers left at half-time and didn't return. That hasn't happened since the Skip Hall days.
Come on folks, get out there and do YOUR part. There's no way BYU should be able to call audibles on third down!