By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team’s defense swarmed BYU ball carriers throughout the Sept. 20 victory, when the Broncos held the Cougars to 200 yards.
The effort hasn’t been quite the same the past two weeks, when missed tackles contributed to New Mexico generating 374 yards and Southern Miss accumulating 424.
One of the best way to avoid missed tackles: gang tackling.
“We feel like we’re not running to the ball fast enough,” defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “We’re really stressing that this week, and every week. We want to continue to build, continue to have our guys swarming to the football.”
Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor on Saturday’s game against Fresno State: “It’s going to be a fight. We know it’s going to be a fight. We’ve just got to go out there and keep swinging. The momentum’s going to shift back and forth, maybe. When it does, we’ve just got to make sure we get it back on our side.”
Fresno State linebacker Patrick Su’a told The Fresno Bee he doesn’t want to hear any more about the Broncos’ dominance of the Bulldogs.
"I'm tired of it," he said. "They're a great team. They've got a good program. But it's the new 2012 Bulldogs football team here. We've got a new strategy, new plays, new players, same players with new abilities. I want it done. We're going to go get it."
Boise State junior left tackle Charles Leno Jr., on the offense’s improvement: “The biggest thing is getting a lot of good holes in the run game. And the second thing is, playing with a better sense of urgency. ... We’re just moving a lot faster, a lot more fluid.”
Leno, on protecting the quarterback’s blind side each of the past two years: “I’ve got to give extra effort to make sure my quarterback doesn’t get killed.”
Boise State junior wide receiver Aaron Burks on replacing injured receiver Mitch Burroughs: “It’s not really going to fall on one person. Everybody is going to have to pick up the slack. We’re going to pick it up as a whole instead of one individual. We’re going to definitely miss Mitch. He’s going to be there on the sideline, vocally. … He’s our senior leader. He’s the more vocal one.”