Boise State WR Chris Potter says players must fix scoring woes: 'We're so close and yet we're not finishing'

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

Boise State senior wide receiver Chris Potter said Thursday that fixing the Broncos’ scoring woes hinges on the players’ ability to correct their own mistakes.

The Broncos have scored three touchdowns in 12 red-zone possessions this year. They were 0-for-3 against Michigan State and 0-for-3 against BYU.

“When we turn on the film, it’s little details,” Potter said. “It’s one of those things where we’re waiting to punch through. I think it’s going to happen, and when it does we’ll get that momentum back and we’ll get going. It’s one of those things where we’re frustrated with ourselves because we know we have it, we’re so close and yet we’re not finishing.”

Much of the outside criticism — and even a little internally (offensive coordinator Robert Prince and tight end Chandler Koch talked of getting back to “bread and butter” plays) — has focused on the playcalling of Prince, who’s in his first year. Potter says the players, not the coaches, are responsible.

“The plays that are being called are great plays,” Potter said. “We fully trust in everything that’s being called. We trust coach Prince and everyone on the offensive staff to call those plays. If we don’t get it done, it’s on us because we know he’s done his job in studying and scheming. All of us will admit that that’s not him. That’s us not doing what we need to do.”

The Broncos practiced Saturday and Sunday after the Thursday game against BYU, two additional practices to get ready for Saturday’s game at New Mexico. Red-zone and goal-line work were a priority.

“We’ve done a lot better job (executing) and hopefully it will work out in the game,” Potter said. “… When you look at the film, it’s the little tiny things that we’re doing wrong and it’s costing some downs and some points.

“If we can get that momentum, we know what it could look like, and I think it will.”

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Senior nickel Dextrell Simmons has 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in his first year as a starter. He also had a potential interception go right through his hands on BYU’s touchdown drive last week.

“I’m starting to figure out more of what the offenses are trying to do because I’ve been watching film more,” Simmons said. “It makes it easier to react faster.”

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New Mexico quarterback B.R. Holbrook said beating rival New Mexico State has created a “buzz” around the program.

“The feeling is we need to move forward,” he said. “We can’t rest on our laurels. I think there’s kind of an energy that we just need to keep improving. … When all the pieces of the puzzle come together and you see it on Saturday, it’s a great feeling.”

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That's nice to take some responsibility, but Southie needs to relax. It's like his hair is on fire and he can't think straight out there for most of the game. Most of the time he looks totally lost out on the field. Not the first half of the first quarter, the whole game. He needs to disengage his brain some and just start playing a little bit.

Potter is just being a "Company" man

He can defend Prince till he's blue in the face (no pun intended) but it won't take away from these facts:

FACT 1 - The Tight End has disappeared in the offense with Prince in charge. Whereas previously the Tight End was a vital part of the Boise State offense.

FACT 2 - The play calling, to date, has been about as predictable as the morning sun rising in the East. My 14 year old daughter is able to correctly predict what is coming on virtually every play - so if she can do it so can the opposing defensive players (and coaches).

FACT 3 - The play calling, to date, has been horribly vanilla (with a FEW exceptions). Where have all the shifts gone that Boise State was so famous for? We're not seeing much of that anymore - now that Prince is in charge.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If Prince is in charge of this offense when Boise State plays Fresno State and Nevada you can forget about winning those two games.