Boise State football adds junior college cornerback to 2013 recruiting class

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Bakersfield (Calif.) College cornerback Mercy Maston has committed to the Boise State football program, Bakersfield coach Jeff Chudy confirmed Tuesday.

Maston is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore. He plays at the same school that sent linebacker Daron Mackey and defensive end Tyrone Crawford to Boise State.

“Great player,” Chudy said. “As good of a corner as we’ve had over the years. Mackey, Crawford … he’s that kind of caliber guy.”

Maston, who played at Bakersfield High, signed with San Jose State out of high school. He was forced to go the junior college route because his SAT score wasn’t high enough, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

When he signed with San Jose State, coach Mike MacIntyre said: “"Mercy is a really good athlete. He was seriously recruited by some big-time schools. He is an excellent defensive back. He can play safety or corner. He can cover and tackle in the open field."

— LB Joe Martarano, 6-3, 215, Fruitland HS
— TE Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 235, Fruitland HS
— QB Ryan Finley, 6-4, 180, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
— OL Eli McCullough, 6-5, 255, Rocky Mountain HS
— C Andrew Tercek, 6-3, 285, East Central HS (San Antonio, Texas)
— LB Tanner Vallejo, 6-2, 220, Nevada Union HS (Grass Valley, Calif.)
— LB Durrant Miles, 6-4, 225, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah); expects to join in 2016 because of LDS mission
— WR Jack Austin, 6-3, 205, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
— N Mat Boesen, 6-4, 210, West HS (Torrance, Calif.)
— RB Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 198, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)

— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, so., Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)


Boise State redshirt freshman tight end Holden Huff has been pushed into a larger-than-expected role this season because of the injury to junior Gabe Linehan.

Huff is getting 30-40 snaps per game, about 10-15 more than he did before Linehan was injured.

“I love getting more playing time,” Huff said. “Unfortunately, the circumstances were a little grim. We all want Gabe back. It’s been a little tough, but pushing through it is a good thing.”

Huff (6-foot-5, 213 pounds) began the year as primarily a receiving tight end but is getting more time in run-blocking situations.

“I’m improving every week,” he said, “just trying to get the right technique. It doesn’t matter what size you are if you have perfect technique.”

Huff has six catches for 88 yards this season. Tight ends as a group have nine catches.

“We have a good amount of plays that go to us,” Huff said. “Other people are open at the same time, the deeper route. They’re going to take the deep threats that are open.”

The Broncos host UNLV on Saturday for homecoming (1:37 p.m., NBC Sports Network).


Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter has asked the Mountain West to review a few calls from last week’s game, including two roughing-the-passer penalties against the Bulldogs on hits considered too high. He also wanted a review of a hit to the head of Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, a play on which end Demarcus Lawrence appeared to tackle Carr right into tackle Mike Atkinson.

“On the personal fouls, we clearly saw there was potential for that call to be made,” DeRuyter said. “We had no argument there. We wanted to show them to them and present our argument on how we’re coaching and how we see it and maybe we need to adjust some things.”

Defensive coordinator Nick Toth told The Fresno Bee he has re-emphasized with his team that hits should go low to high, to prevent penalties for high hits.

“We have to know that there's good tackling and there's bad tackling and anytime we're up high and we're standing up and launching ourselves up high, it's a bad tackle. We have to stay within the rules," Toth told the Bee.
"So we're trying to get them to bend their knees. Everything we're doing is low to high. We talked about it in the meeting (Monday). You see a lot of those penalties are when the guy's head already is high and they're hitting the quarterback. If you're low to high and you're up through his chest ... that’s how we’re trying to fix that. But I've got to tell you, the bang-bang stuff, I'm telling them to put themselves in a better body position, but it's part of football.
"We’re not going to tell a guy to go low and try to chop quarterbacks legs and stuff like that. I don't think that's the game; I don't think that's what the rules are trying to do. I don't think the hits that we're having have been malicious hits, so we're trying to get them to be in a little better body position and telling them, 'Hey, keep playing hard.' "


UNLV coach Bobby Hauck, on Boise State: “The fact that Kellen Moore was there the last four years overshadowed a couple of things. One was how well they ran the ball on offense. And two was how good their defense has been. I think this is the best defense we’ve seen to date. It starts up front. They’ve got really good, veteran, productive players up front. Both at linebacker and in the back end, they fit everything well. They know where they fit both in coverage and the run game. You couple that with the fact that (defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski) does a nice job mixing things up and trying to get you in third-and-long situations. They’ve got a good formula.”

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Holden, just

keep working hard but size helps. You and Sam UK should have a good-natured contest (offense vs defense) to see who can gain the most weight this season. Make it a real competitive event! Losing side buys steak dinner for the winning side.


Funny, I talked to him about that today because I'm writing about Sam for Thursday's paper. Holden said they talk about their efforts to gain weight quite a bit. Sam's been a little more successful so far.

Welcome to the MWC

Fresno. The Refs suck your first year and would like to ensure the team leaving wins the Championship. Ask BSU and TCU how that went last year.

next year, you and Nevada will slug it out and it will be epic!

BTW watch out for air force, if you have never seen that before it will kill you.

What was given as the exact nature of Mitch Burroughs injury?

Any update on xrays or mri?


I'll have to ask Pete about that next week....not sure he'll give much more than "out for a while" though.

Any discussion on Frisinas kicking issues beyond 30 yards?

Why is Coach Pete not concerned? Where is VanGinkels status and progress, if any?


It's not a lack of concern. It's a lack of better options. For longer kicks, Goodale has always been the best. He's got a good leg. But he's not as consistent in practice as Frisina — and they're big believers in practice.

If that's the case

That they believe more in what happens in practice than on game day, then all I can say to that is they are VERY foolish. I'll take the guy who delivers on GAME DAY ten out of ten times over the guy who does well in practice. My Lord........that's just common sense. To do otherwise is simply foolish in the extreme.


Are you really a bronco fan? All I hear from you lately is complaints. "Southwick is terrible, the play calling sux, Coach Prince is an idiot, the coaches are VERY foolish, ticket prices are way to high." blah, blah, blah. Maybe you should find a team with smarter coaches, better players and lower ticket prices to cheer for. It might make you happier.

Agree with UNLV coach

The broncos defense and running game have continually grown stronger over the last 10-12 yrs & have allowed the program to remain strong in years with average QBs.

Chadd - if you can, while you are at it

ask him about the Van Ginkel mystery, too.

This kid was highly recruited and is getting a schollie (at least that was the presser at the time - don't know if he still is or not).

Is he still on the Bronco Team?

Is he still getting a schollie?

Will we see him on The Blue in the future.

Is he in Coach Pete's Dog House and suspended from games for breaking team rules or other 'violations'?

Is BSU getting their money worth from Van Ginkel or have we thrown good money away on a 'dud'?

Just curious.


Kicking woes...

I had to go through a few clinics in order to coach down here in Cali. At one clinic they had a kicking coach, prior NFL player, that ran his own kicking camps. Why are we not looking at that option for the Broncos? Scott's doing a great job special teams wise, but really, we all know what Scott's background is and it's not kicking.

Hire these guys to come in and work with our kickers or send them to the camp in the summer. Got to be a better way to get it done. Kicking cost us 3 seasons, and I'm not talking about this year either. We could be saying 53-0! Just a thought.


Kicking Issues

Thanks, Chad, for your response.
This is a response I have heard before...not much has changed from that perspective.
However, the results I see on the field in a game time situation (of course, we cannot witness practice)leaves much to be desired in our ability to kick field goals in clutch situations.
One of my fears would have been an OT game against either BYU or Nex Mexico...and based on Southwick's ineptness to get the ball in the end zone (though I know it is NOT all of his fault) have to rely on Goodale and Frisina is not very appetitizing!
I was just hopeful there would be ANY news on Van Ginkel, at least to support this heralded kicker having a CHANCE to show his stuff on the field (for example, on a LONG FG attempt that our other kickers have "issues")...
Coach Pete continues to be "hush hush" on this topic, however, so I appreciate your honesty and sincerity in your response.

Black uni's

Those new black uni's look good there's no doubt. But think about the old navy blue school colors in that style. Man would that look great and we could wear them a lot more! Go Bronco's!