Boise State defensive end Kharyee Marshall overcomes injury bug to make an impact

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

Boise State junior defensive end Kharyee Marshall was a promising redshirt freshman two years ago — before a series of injuries derailed him.

He’s back in the rotation at end this season and is starting to make an impact. He forced a fumble last week and has seven tackles on the season.

Marshall shares time with sophomore Beau Martin behind starter Sam Ukwuachu.

“It felt good to be back out there playing fast and doing what I need to do,” Marshall said.

Marshall has missed time the past two seasons and offseasons with two knee surgeries and a shoulder surgery. He played in five games without a tackle last season and made 10 tackles in 11 games in 2010.

He missed the Miami (Ohio) game this year after injuring the plantar fascia in one foot during the Michigan State game.

Sophomore end Tyler Horn said Marshall has impressed him the most of the linemen this year.

“Just because of what he’s had to deal with,” Horn said. “It’s impressive to see him come back after not playing for so long and get in there and actually make plays. That’s really exciting. He’s a good football player. It’s just cool to see him out there again, playing with us.”

Horn notices a difference in Marshall’s confidence.

That’s likely because of the way Marshall used his time off — he has bulked up to 240 pounds, 20 more than last season, and studied the playbook.

“You kind of get used to (the playbook) and you go out and just play,” Marshall said.

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As of last night, Boise State had 1,500 tickets remaining for the general public and 600 for students for Saturday’s game against Fresno State.

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Sophomore tight end Connor Peters received one scholarship offer out of high school — to Humboldt State.

He decided he wanted to play at a higher level — Boise State was his ideal — so he went to junior college instead. After one semester at Laney College in Oakland, he landed a scholarship offer from the Broncos.

Peters, who played with linebacker Blake Renaud at De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., joined the Broncos in January and is averaging about 20 plays per game this season. He also caught a two-point pass on a swinging-gate PAT.

“I’m starting to get used to things now, but in spring (the hardest adjustment) was definitely the offense,” Peters said. “I couldn’t imagine not coming in in the spring and trying to learn everything now. It’s unbelievable how just that semester has helped with learning the offense.”

Peters weighed 212 pounds during his senior season of high school football. He addressed that shortcoming at junior college and is up to 250 pounds now.

He’s a run blocker who occasionally gets to run routes.

“I love it,” he said. “I’d take run blocking over a pass any day.”

Peters has provided important depth for the Broncos, who have lost Gabe Linehan and Kyle Sosnowski to injuries and played last week without Hayden Plinke.

“He’s physical, would be the biggest thing,” tight ends coach Scott Huff said of Peters. “Hopefully down the line he can really be a little bit of everything for us. He was a good get.”

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