Boise State defensive backs use 'hustle and hit' approach to force seven turnovers

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

The Boise State football team’s defensive backs have responded to coach Jimmy Lake’s push for more turnovers this season.

The Broncos have forced nine turnovers in three games. Defensive backs have combined for five interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. They have been involved in seven of the nine turnovers.

“We just have to continue to do what we do — that’s hustle, hustle and hit, and great things will happen,” said Lake, the first-year defensive backs coach. “They’re fun to watch. It’s fun to stress turnovers, stress hustling to the football and playing physical, and then having good things like that happen. It’s making these guys go, ‘OK, this stuff works.’ ”

That “hustle and hit” philosophy was epitomized by cornerback Jamar Taylor’s forced fumble against BYU. Taylor blitzed from the far right side of the offensive formation and chased quarterback Riley Nelson, who was rolling out to the left. Taylor hit Nelson from behind near the sideline and knocked the ball loose.

“We always talk about when you’re in chase-tackle mode, always be ball aware,” Lake said.

Taylor also recorded his second interception in that game and is on track to have his first all-conference season.

“He will get more opportunities,” Lake said. “We have him in a position in the boundary (short side) … a lot of teams in college football go into the boundary. So he’s going to have a lot of opportunities.”

That’s pleasing to Taylor, who rarely saw the ball early last season as opponents attacked new starter Jerrell Gavins instead.

“This year people are actually throwing the ball my way and I’m starting to make more plays,” Taylor said.

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Boise State junior left tackle Charles Leno Jr. said the Broncos’ inability to finish drives is on the players’ shoulders.

“We’ve got the plays there,” he said. “We’ve just got to execute as players. We’ve all got to come together and find it deep down in us. We’ve got to finish drives no matter what it takes.

“… If one guy messes up, it can mess up the whole play, and that happened several times the last game.”
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The Boise State-BYU game drew a 1.6 rating and 2.069 million viewers.

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The defense

looks like they are having fun out there on the field. They are swarming to the ball and directing the flow of the game. I'm encouraged by the number of turnovers they have created and how they have capitalized on their opportunities.

Thanks for the rating Chadd,

I'm bit surprised it didnt make it into the 2 range. Guess everyone was watching nfl game.

Loving the defense this year

Keep up the good work guys.

Team work

"...If one guy messes up, it can mess up the whole play..."
Ok...so every down at least one guy messed up which led to no points scored on offense. Hope they get those problems solved. I want to see more points on the board then single digit wins because thats like winning a judo match with only a yuko. As my sensei told me. "I wouldn't hole my head high."

RECRUITING

Does anyone else notice that BSU has done a remarkable job recruiting on the defensive side of the ball and that the offensive recruiting has been lackluster at best? We just keep plugging in playmaker DB's and DE's and always have blue collar LB's and don't seem to skip a beat on D. Yet on offense we've continually recruited tiny white guys at the skill positions and the same QB (ie shortish "dual" threat QBs (Southwick, Hedrick, Patti all pretty much the same guy) one of which doesn't have the nuts to dive for a first down lest he mess up his hair. At one point in the BYU game we went four receivers across with 4 white dudes. Not trying to be racist but none of them are Wes Welker reincarnated. We aren't going to win with Harry Potter, Burrows Bros and the wrong Moore lining up four wide. I guess what I'm trying to say is we should have built up a whole stack of recruiting chips over the past 5 years with all the success BSU has been fortunate to have yet we haven't replaced the Titus Youngs and the Austin Pettis with anything close to an even swap. Poor recruiting by the offensive side. BTW I was a white DB in college so don't lecture me on the reverse racism business. Just callin' em as I see them!

That was one of the most uninformed

posts I've read......anywhere.

Those guys were doing fine

Those guys were doing fine when Kellen was the QB. Were they not white then?

"Not trying to be racist"

Typically an intro to a completely racist comment. Real great job of not being "racist"...........NOT.

I agree with the previous response to this post. This might be the single most uninformed/ignorant message I've ever seen posted here. And THAT is saying a LOT as there have been some real whoppers here.

Enlighten me!

Uninformed? How so? Its the truth!!! Are you one of the people that claim true fans don't criticize? Or are you a Meridian homer that thinks we shouldn't boo kickers and hometown boys who drop the ball 50% of the time? Please enlighten me Mr. Informed!

Certainly

How about we start with the "Young, Petis" comment....

If you were informed, then you would know that Miller/Moore caught more pa$$es in their first year than Young/Petis did.

If you were informed, then you would know that Miller is on a pace to break every receiving record at BSU before he leaves.

If you were informed, then you would know that BSU recruited 3 times as many defensive players the last 3 years than offensive players.

If you were informed, then you would know that the last thing Rhodes, Fields, and Demas would be called is "slow white guys".

Consider yourself enlightened.

PS we recruited Kellen six

PS we recruited Kellen six years ago, Martin 6 years ago, Pettis, Young etc 6 years ago... who in the last three or four years is any good? Not beat Miami of Ohio good... top 5 in the country good?

OH THANKS!

How about we start with the "Young, Petis" comment....

If you were informed, then you would know that Miller/Moore caught more pa$$es in their first year than Young/Petis did.
***LET ME KNOW WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING IN THE NFL. NEITHER WILL GET ASKED TO PLAY IN THE CFL

If you were informed, then you would know that Miller is on a pace to break every receiving record at BSU before he leaves.
***MILLER HAD KELLEN MOORE THROWING HIM THE BALL! ARE YOU GOING TO TELL ME SHOEMAKER WAS BETTER THAN YOUNG AND PETTIS BECAUSE HE CAUGHT MORE TDS LAST YEAR? HE'LL BE WORKING AT HOME DEPOT IF HE ISN'T ALREADY! LETS SEE IF MILLER POSTS THE SAME NUMBERS OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS WITH A GUY WHO HASN'T HIT ANYONE IN THE CHEST YET.

If you were informed, then you would know that BSU recruited 3 times as many defensive players the last 3 years than offensive players.
***WHO CARES? THE PLAYERS THEY ARE RECRUITING ON D STEP IN AND MAKE PLAYS. SHOW ME THE IMPACT PLAYERS WE HAVE ON O? THEY ARE COMPLIMENTARY GUYS.

If you were informed, then you would know that the last thing Rhodes, Fields, and Demas would be called is "slow white guys".
***I'M SORRY THAT I MADE A GENERALIZATION... RHODES HAS HAD ONE RUN FOR PLUS YARDAGE AND SAT AND WASN'T SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW A BACKWARDS PASS IS A FUMBLE. WHO THE HELL ARE FIELDS AND DEMAS BECAUSE ALL IS SEE THEM DO IS WAVE TOWELS ON THE BENCH. BUT THEN MAYBE YOU CAN'T SEE THEM FROM UP TOP OF THE STADIUM. YOUNG AND PETTIS WERE PLAYMAKERS OUT OF THE GATE. THESE GUYS ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GET ON THE FIELD WITH A BUNCH OF SHORT MEDIOCRE WHITE GUYS.

Consider yourself enlightened.
***THANKS FOR ENLIGHTENING ME. LOOK, THESE GUYS ARE TRYING HARD AND ITS NOT THEIR FAULT. KIND OF LIKE THE REPLACEMENT REFS IN THE NFL. THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE. WHO EXACTLY WAS KNOCKING DOWN POTTER'S DOOR OR KIRBY'S DOOR OR DALLAS' DOOR TO OFFER THEM A SCHOLARSHIP? BSU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE RECRUITING LOU FANUCHI'S AND TIM GILLIGANS ANYMORE. ALL I'M SAYING.

Grambling has all

Black Guys and I have not seen them in the top 20 for ages....

Ya they don't usually put

Ya they don't usually put 1-AA schools in the Top 25 and honestly its not a black and white issue. Its talent. Pro sports would seem to tell us that most "talent" is black. And Eddie Robinson the longtime Grambling coach is the all time winningest coach in college football history. Honestly I love Matt Miller and root for all of the receivers (why wouldn't I, I'm a huge BSU fan) but they were a major concern last year and why do people assume that they are now a strength because they have a year's worth of experience. Kellen made them all look good. Sadly, Southwick isn't able to do that. He's a poor man's Taylor Tharp.

Oh for future reference...

Oh for future reference... Pettis has two t's.

knowsnothing....quit being a

cracker....

goodnite honkie....

I'm a cracker for "bashing"

I'm a cracker for "bashing" white guys? That term must have changed since I was in college earning multiple degrees with honors. Didn't your mom ever tell you not to use words that hurt? :)

One word

DIPSHIDIOT!

PS, The first year Moore was QB, Pettis (as a sophomore) caught 49 pa$$es (Miller's first year,62), excellent point.

PSS, some of the defensive players recruited since Moore was recruited, Ben Chandler, Garcia Day, Johnny Tivao, Nicholas Alexander, John-Michael Davis, Allen Mooney, Darren Lee, and many more. All players that stepped in to make plays on defensive, excellent point.

PSSS, Yup, lets b-i-t-c-h about TRUE freshman making mistakes (but at least they weren't slow white guys).

PSSS, Ah he77, Dipshidiot!

Knownotmuch.....

I love the " WHO EXACTLY WAS KNOCKING DOWN...."

Pettis's door?

Martin's door?

McClellin's door?

Winn's door?

Young's door?

Potter's door?

Moore's door?

Yup, you are brilliant!

CHAD CRIPE QUESTION

It certainly would be interesting to know which BSU coach recruited these NFL guys that no one else wanted at the time. Chad I know you aren't interested in getting involved in our little back and forth exchange here, but do you know who was responsible for unearthing those talents? And is that person gone?

I very much doubt

Chadd wants anything to do with your little black/white issue.

This isn't a black and white

This isn't a black and white issue. Its a generalization. Matt Miller would be great, black or white. I don't share the same enthusiasm for the other also rans in our receiver corps. I raised a valid point and you want to bash it with your grade school recess tactics. Which major college football program comes to idaho to recruit many of our kids? Why? Because they are a bunch of 5'6 white guys! Again a generalization (not all player in Idaho are white) but its the concept were talking about here.

I didn't say "it"

was a black/white issue. I said YOU have a black/white issue.

Kinda sad really........

I have an issue? I certainly

I have an issue? I certainly don't. I have an issue with BSU's offense sucking! Period. We could do better recruiting offensively. Is this where I say I have lots of black friends or is that only for when people have to convince people they aren't homophobic and say i know gay people? You seem to know all the rules.

Knownotmuch.....

Nice try, but you have already tipped your hand.......

Actually I guess I should

Actually I guess I should have said I have lots of white friends since I'm against all the white guys apparently. So yes I know lots of white people. Some of which who might be gay.

Speed is measured by a CLOCK, not by COLOR

I believe Dallas Burroughs (SP?) ran a 10.5 hundred meters in high school. I coached against Javid Best (Detroit Lions tail back from Cal) when he was at Salesian High School. He took 2nd at the California State track meet with the same time. Dallas is one of the fastest college or pro receivers in America with that speed.

A 10.5 is the same in California as it is in Idaho, or Florida, or Alabama, or...

By the way, Javid smiled politely when I approached him about Boise State. After being courted by every Pack 10 team, Notre Dame, and many others. The statement that I made to him about BSU having one of the top offensive minds in college football didn't sink in until 10 weeks later when BSU beat Oklahoma. Unfortunately Cal was 10 minutes from his house, and his parents could come to all of his home games for free.

Recruiting is a tough gig. Boise State does a great job.

I like many fans am sad to

I like many fans am sad to see a great player like Javid struggle with concussions. I don't mean to argue for arguing sake. You actually sound like a level headed former coach just like I am. Cliches are cliches because they happen so often they are true. The truth is that the vast majority of pro-level skill players are black (just like Javid or Marshawn or DeSean or any other of the Oakland boys that all chose Cal). If we could recruit 50 white dudes that could actually make plays or 50 hispanic dudes or 50 Japanese dudes whatever. I just want BSU to score a TD. Just one against a quality opponent. We haven't recruited guys in the last few years that can do that against decent competition. Right now its glaring. I lead the BSU bandwagon everywhere I go in the country and its great that every where I go people see my hat or shirt and want to talk BSU football and they all know Kellen and Pettis and Young and Martin. No one has wanted to chat about Potter just yet. I'm certainly not suggesting that speed or talent has to be color based, it just usually is. It probably has more to do with demographics than anything. I think sometimes people make blanket statements that maybe need to be thought out a little more. Be honest. Did you ever coach with a guy that said "I'm a great coach" and he was subpar. Great coaches get results. BSU has certainly gotten plenty of results and Coach Pete is a GREAT coach. That being said, the evidence on the table right now is that BSU has very limited offensive playmakers right now.

Actually,

Dallas blew away the state record at 10.34. Just reinforces your point even more.

LOL as the kids say. Pettis

LOL as the kids say. Pettis had a redshirt freshman throwing to him and Miller had the winningest QB of all time as a SENIOR throwing to him. Miller got those balls because of the ineptitude of the rest of the receivers besides Shoe. Its stupid to say that every recruit is going to be a hit. But you are ignorant if you think the defense has skipped a beat this year after losing how many guys to the NFL??? THE FLIPPING OFFENSE HASN'T SCORED A TD IN 2 OF THE 3 GAMES!!!! We're talking immediate big time college football playmakers! If these new guys were that, then they would be playing! If you can find me ONE person who's not a white supremacist that would take Miller over Pettis then I'll declare you the winner? FIND ME ONE!!!! YOU WON'T! I admire your ability to make up words/mean names that get through the filters. But then again I'm sure you have lots of time to come up with stupid stuff while you wait for the next car to pull in to get its oil changed. :)

Cracker....Ill take

Miller over Pettis, and I like Pettis....

The problem with your analysis is that the Broncos are struggling and so you have figured as to why cause not enough blacks on the team....maybe if Broncos were 95% black, they would be winning--right?

So the Broncos are not scoring and so what you see are those small and slow white guys out there....it must be their fault....they shouldnt even be on the team....

From now on you are Rev. Cracker....

knownot much....

Best to quit while you are behind....

Your slip is showing and it ain't pretty.

PS, check out www.nlfdraftscout.com. Miller is already (as a sophomore) rated a higher draft pick than Pettis was as a senior.

Oops.......they must be "white supremacist"......

You sir have issues.

SWEET! I have a new nickname!

Perennial top 10 team isn't recruiting talent (black or white)on offense to sustain top 10 status or even really top 25 status this year. Alabama doesn't seem to be having this problem. Miller is no Pettis. That huge pass against BYU that Southwick shot high on and went through Miller's hands would have been brought down by Pettis. We can't convert 3rd downs because we have no go to receiver. Pettis owned 3rd down and everyone knew where the ball was going. Rev. Cracker out ;)

Knownotmuch

nuff said.........

I'm guessing you got picked

I'm guessing you got picked last at recess.

Rev. Cracker....

if you watch the games, the receivers are open....it is just that Southwick is not connecting yet as Moore did....

and Miller is a Pettis, they both are very good....

You may not like this, but Southwick will be the qb for the 2013 AQ season--unless disaster hits like losses to UNLV and Wyoming....

and I am saying this as a not-a-big-bronco fan as you....I am a Vandal that watches and follows Bronco football....

On this we certainly agree!

On this we certainly agree! I do watch and am front and center and I do see some guys open. Titus simply ran past people. Pettis could be triple teamed. They were automatic. We have the exact same line that made Doug Martin an NFL first rounder. Honestly I was hoping that I'd be a huge Southwick fan. Unfortunately I have a hard time rooting for a guy who keeps sliding a yard short on "do or die" downs. We don't have any game breakers that can help Southwick season by taking up the slack. We are not a top 25 team right now offensively. And I feel for you as a Vandal right now. I really dig the freshness that Akey brings to the table, want him to win but its pretty bleak up North.

Rev. Cracker....

Honestly, this is cfb....Pettis and Young are gone because they graduated....we now have new faces and that is what is cool about cfb....

Southwick is not a Moore and that is ok....Southwick needs to quit feeling the pressure of Moore era and start letting mistakes and wins happen....however, some of the panic is oc play calling too....the Broncos are not use to this....

The Vandals are ok....they just made the mistakes of chasing the Bronco dream, and failed....they will someday find their spot....

Again I agree. First thing I

Again I agree. First thing I told my daughter who's a big fan is to not expect Kellen-like performance with any new QB. I'm not really expecting him to be that or even close. I'm disappointed anyone is wearing #11 now or ever again. Kellen was that good. We just don't seem to be recruiting the kind of top 10 talent that other teams do with our same "elite program" status. We recruited all the guys that made us elite before we were elite and yet we don't seem to be getting guys who pay the same dividends. Could very well be play calling. I'm still curious who recruited those past guys and if he's still on staff. Let's face it, some people can sell better than others. Good luck the Vandals this year although I hate their new Baylor pants :) Gotta say something edgy right?

I believe Dallas Burroughs

I believe Dallas Burroughs (SP?) ran a 10.5 hundred meters in high school. I coached against Javid Best (Detroit Lions tail back from Cal) He took 2nd at the California State track meet with the same time. Dallas is one of the fastest receivers in America with that speed.

Very fast! But...

Great! What has he done? I remember one catch last year. He did do a nice job running fast down the field to clear an opening for Miller to ice the BYU game. He plays 5 plays a game. If he was a big time playmaker then he'd be playing at LSU, Ohio State or Oregon. I'm sure he's a nice kid. All the Burroughs brothers are great kids. Not big time playmakers. I guess my point is that we recruited a whole slew of NFL talent 6 or 7 years ago before BSU was much to shout about and since we went "big time" with that talent we haven't done nearly as well in recruiting as you'd think a team would that keeps flirting with the top 5. Really all I'm trying to say.

Rev Cracker....mcampbell just provide good track

stats and you continue to rip on someones performance....

Im not a big Bronco fan, but I will admit that they have earned the respect from the BCS world, finally....and they did that as a team....

He is a big time player and chose Boise....

I knew it was getting too

I knew it was getting too friendly :) BSU earned the respect because of great teams full of legit players. Three years with these guys and we'll lose the goodwill we built up in this information age. Its not like the old days when Ohio State is great because they are Ohio State. Ya gotta perform. I really am not trying to bash these guys (lord knows I want them to do well). I just don't think they are the level of guy BSU should be getting and the un-BSU like offensive numbers prove it. Don't know how old you are, but Renaldo Nehemiah was fast too and not even Joe Montana could make him into a star. I will wait for B69S2U to google his career stats and tell me that Renaldo had a better rookie year than Jerry Rice.

Whoa dude settle down

You're entitled to your opinion. Everyone reading now understands you believe the Broncos lack playmakers. There doesn't need to be 50 posts pounding on the table and screaming at the heavens about it.

Spirited debate :)

Spirited debate :) I find it funny how many people have their head in the sand about BSU football and think that if you are the slightest bit critical you are either 1) Not a real fan or 2) Unknowledgeable. But then again Idaho has a propensity for small-minded yocals that are not much for being liberally open-minded. Just my opinion.

Im not sure being liberal minded applies here...

A lot of the play making talent on offense is young. Lots of good Freshman and Sophomores. Does that mean the Broncos missed on some players a few years ago? Maybe. I think a lot has to do with schemes and three OCs in three years. A few years ago when the Broncos played in the Liberty Bowl against Lville they had some really good players but their best playmaker was a 5 11 receiver from Pocatello Idaho named Tj Acree.

It's only been 3 games. I'm all for ripping the team and coaches when they need it but I'm not sure its time to evaluate them that harshly.

I agree. BSU has made a

I agree. BSU has made a living in the past with the Fanuchi's, the Peretta's, the Acrees, the Gilligans etc. but I guess that was a time when we were keeping our fingers crossed that enough teams in front of us would lose so we could crack the Top 25. They came here because no one else wanted them more or less. The "chip on the shoulder" has always been a BSU rallying cry. But like all things, times change and change is required to keep up. I've seen a lot of my business competitors/peers go belly up over the years because they refuse to change with the times (and the economy sucks). Why do we keep building facilities? Because we are running with the big dogs and need/want to keep up with the big dogs. I think that several of these guys can and will turn out to be something good. The conversation initially started with the fact that we haven't recruited any "immediate" impact guys on offense like Titus or Pettis. Did we just get lucky with those two or are we not capable of setting the bar a little higher?

I can follow you on this

I think luck had a lot to do with Titus. He ended up being really sought after by a high profile coach at UF after he verbally committed to the Broncos. Coach Pete knew the headaches he would have with him and decided he was worth it. He ended up with a great senior season but the first three years kept the coaches up at night. The other WR headache before Titus was Jeremy Childs. Before that, Jay Swillie brought drama.

Who the Broncos recruit has nothing to do with color. The Broncos want the right players, with huge talent, smaller egos than some, who go to class and have the ability to learn the tough schemes. After ****Marcus Rios flirted with other schools, I wondered if the coaching staff thought some of these talented guys just bring too much baggage.

The questions you're asking is fair. Can the Broncos not recruit another Titus? Do they want to? I dont know the answer. I think on this point you're right; if the Broncos want to compete for a national championship at some point, I think they will need better athletes.

You know you bring up a

You know you bring up a point that I hadn't thought about or at least not in this conversation. Just how much does a coach want to put up with? I'm definitely not in the Dennis Erikson parade of criminals camp and as a former coach there is something certainly to be said for bringing in the right kind of kid. Titus and the others you mentioned certainly had their maturity issues. However Coach Pete seems to be the perfect guy for these types of "immature" guys. Great story on Douglas this morning in the paper. Pete held him accountable and now he is flourishing. That is the same story over and over. Gotta remember that a lot of the Jeron Johnson's etc. come from less than ideal home situations and because they were good athletes no one ever held them accountable. Pete seems to be able to do that better than anybody. Maybe he has a quota of "knuckleheads" he's willing to deal with in each recruiting class though. I think what made so wildly popular with the fans (beyond his awesome performance) was that he genuinely seemed to lack any arrogance whatsoever. That's endearing to the vast majority.

Φ Low number

"Maybe he has a quota of "knuckleheads" he's willing to deal with in each recruiting class though."

I would bet that "quota" is pretty darned low and his druthers is zero (as would any coach). I think coach Pete's tolerance level, once "problems" are discovered, is also close to zero. Just look at all the unexplained suspensions. We still don't know the story on Van Ginkel. Well, JL probably does.