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."
2013 RECRUITING CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— 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.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
— 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.”