By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
In each of the past two games, Boise State junior Spencer Gerke has played left guard and right guard on consecutive snaps. He’s also the backup center.
“You don’t really think about it,” Gerke said. “I don’t really think about it in a game. After a game, in practices, you start to think about it more. It doesn’t get confusing, but everything is backwards.”
Gerke, a Bishop Kelly High graduate, has been on emergency duty the past two seasons. He started when left guard Joe Kellogg was injured last year and replaced him in the lineup this year against BYU and New Mexico.
He moved to right guard for one play against BYU when Michael Ames’ helmet came off and for an extended period against New Mexico when Ames and Jake Broyles were injured on back-to-back plays.
“When you play center, you already know the whole scheme of things,” Gerke said. “So everything ties together. … (I’m) just kind of prepared for anything. It’s kind of scary when that guy in front of you goes down. Your heart jumps a little bit.”
Boise State coach Chris Petersen said since the middle of last season he has considered Gerke a starter, even though he's been a backup.
"He's been doing great," Petersen said. "... He plays different sides and plays center. That's asking a lot out of a guy, but he's really sharp, he cares a lot and he's very detailed."
Redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Ukwuachu has pressured the quarterback this season but still is looking for his first sack. He recovered two fumbles last week.
“Every third down is like a money down for me,” Ukwuachu said. “I’m thinking get up the field, get a sack, get some pressure. Beats me why I haven’t been able to get one.”
Southern Miss wide receiver Tracy Lampley on Boise State’s defense: “Boise is a very physical bunch on defense. They play with passion. They’re not very big, but they make up for it with effort.”
The Boise State equipment truck hit a cow Wednesday morning. A photo was posted on Flickr — creating a stir on Twitter today. The photo has been removed.
From Boise State: "The accident happened early Wednesday morning about an hour outside Albuquerque, N.M. The drivers were not injured and the trailer, including the contents, were not damaged. The company we contract with, Air Van, rented a new tractor and was able to proceed to Hattiesburg, Miss."
The truck was en route from Boise to Hattiesburg.