Boise State DT Mike Atkinson out for year with torn ACL, K Jake Van Ginkel dismissed

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior defensive tackle Mike Atkinson is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and redshirt freshman kicker Jake Van Ginkel has been dismissed from the team, coach Chris Petersen said Monday.

Atkinson was injured in the second half Saturday against San Diego State. The starting nose tackle is sixth on the team with 37 tackles. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown.

“He’s one of those guys — he’s been through some hard things, he’s grown a lot, he’s figured some things out and he’s playing some really good football, the best of his career,” Petersen said. “It’s another bump in the road. That’s how he has to approach it.”

Atkinson, who is from Ontario, Canada, has been drafted in the Canadian Football League and had hopes of playing in the NFL. Petersen expects him to get a pro opportunity even with the injury.

“There will be somebody who takes a chance on him,” Petersen said.

Atkinson’s backup, senior Greg Grimes, was injured in the Wyoming game and missed the San Diego State game. Petersen did not rule out him returning this week. The Broncos also have senior Darren Koontz, junior Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and true freshman Armand Nance to fill the two tackle spots. Tjong-A-Tjoe will play nose and Koontz will start at tackle this week, according to the team’s depth chart.

Van Ginkel, a scholarship recruit who never panned out, was suspended for the bowl trip in December, did not make the 105-man roster for fall camp, rejoined the team when school started and was suspended again for Saturday’s game against San Diego State.

Boise State already has recruited his replacement. Tyler Rausa of Riverside (Calif.) City College accepted a scholarship offer last week and joins the team in January.


Petersen did not provide any updates on the other suspended players.


True freshman cornerback Donte Deayon apparently was an easy choice to play when the Broncos decided they needed another defensive back.

“He’s been ready to go for a while,” Petersen said. “We’ve been excited about him. We’d watch him play on scout team and say, ‘Man, this guy is not only going to be a very good player, he’s a good player now.’ We’ve been saying that for a few weeks, that if we had to use him we’d have no problem with that.”

Deayon was excited for the opportunity, Petersen said. He played 10-plus snaps on defense and on three special teams units.

“We really put the ball in his court,” Petersen said. “If a guy is completely opposed to it, we would not do that. I still think it will really help him for next year. It’s a long career here. It goes quickly, but there’s a lot of football, so who knows what happens. You could redshirt down the road. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to him. He’s good enough to not need that year.”

Deayon was the No. 3 cornerback last week and likely will be this week, too.


Other highlights from Petersen (audio here):

— On San Diego State game: “The closest games are going to be decided by the smallest details and that sure showed up. … There were periods where guys played good football. We just couldn’t play enough of it.”

— On the failed two-point play in the fourth quarter: “We had a couple options and the protection broke down. Looked one way and it was covered. Looked the other way and didn’t have a chance to get it off.”

— On special teams against San Diego State: “Sometimes you can become numb to hearing things and how important special teams are, and our guys have been great because most of the time they win those battles. But when you don’t, and you dramatically lose them, you can really see what happens. … I feel like a lot of times in the past we have really played with fire and somehow pulled games out. I think the kids have worked hard, practiced hard. I think they were ready to play. If you just don’t take care of those details that we preach day in, day out, they can add up so quickly.”

— On losing: “If we don’t learn from this for not just the next game but down the line, what are we doing? That’s true pain right there if we’re not learning from that.”

— On the defense: “We missed too many tackles. Part of that goes as credit to San Diego State. They’ve got some very good runners. You’d just like to think we can tackle a little better at this point of the season.”

— On the Mountain West title: “Our goals shouldn’t be altered at all. Our goal should be all about Hawaii, period, and that’s it. And we’ll see. I wish we were staying at home just to stay in our routine. Unfortunately, we have to go on a road trip and it’s probably the hardest road trip we take ever. That’s a tough place to go play. We’ll see if we can be focused. Hopefull we’ll play the best football we’ve played all year.”

— On team’s preparation: “They were ready to play. All the coaches were saying before the game, the guys are ready. Sometimes you can be ready and still get punts blocked and snap balls too hard.”

— On QB Joe Southwick: “He was OK. He made some really tough throws and there are a few plays we’d like to have back.” He said he doesn’t have any plans to play backup quarterback Grant Hedrick, other than in the special packages that he runs.


Boise State senior wide receiver Chris Potter also appeared at the press conference. Some highlights:

— “We don’t lose too much around here. When it does happen, people seem to kind of hang onto it a little longer. In the locker room, especially in the past, we’ve had to learn that next Saturday comes around quick.”

— On the offensive struggles vs. San Diego State: “They hid their defense really well. I thought they played really well in what they were doing for that week. We didn’t play our best game all-around. When that happens, that’s not a good combo for us. … I still think we had a great game plan called. If we had executed correctly, we could have done things a lot better.”

— “One of our big things is protect The Blue. There’s so many guys in the past who have worked so hard to do that and they’ve passed that legacy on. When you have that tradition passed on to you and you’re part of the team that loses, it does sting.”

— On the Hawaii trip: “Everyone’s on vacation but you. It can be distracting at times. Your family doesn’t want to come to a game until they find out Hawaii’s on your schedule. … They’re sitting on the beach and wanting you to come say hi.”

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i played for boise state....

i played for boise state.... you don't know what you are talking about.... go wiz up a rope



Celebrating five years and one screen ID >|<

In what sport did you play

In what sport did you play for Boise? It certainly wasn't football.

Didnt KM stun Oregon in Autzen as a frosh?

In September no less! He was undefeated that year! His passing led us to the biggest upset if the year!! Who has Southwick upset? Shutdown completely by Byu Mich state and Sdsu which has given up over 35 points in at least 5 games!

Im not sure thats on Joe

Prince has got to take some heat. Part of being an OC is recognizing what the defense is doing and adapting. Those quick on the last drive side to side for an easy 5-7 yards should have been called from the 2nd drive on.

Prince reminds me of Joker Phillips

A good man who is over his head!

That might prove to be right on the money...

Jury still out. I would love to see funky give us some break down of offensive numbers from the last few years compared to this year. Would that be an objective comp? Now Hawaii and Colorado St. might help those numbers but I bet it would still be eye-opening.

SO? Maybe he'll become a CPA, steady job, good pay.


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This Is Southwicks 21st Game.....

And lets not forget that, or compare him to KM. Nor should we compare Coach Prince to an Offensive Coordinator as he has zero experience at the level BSU had played before him. I hope this is his last year or someone else is getting my season tickets. As for Southwick, I have replayed every down he played in back up roles last year. Joe is not even that good a back up QB. Who is recruiting QB's for BSU anyway? There was all this hype about Nick P coming in. Now it looks like we have the lowest ranked QB class in the nation. OMG, if were going to recruit short QB's at least find one that can hit a receiver or run. Don't blame the entire O line when you have a QB that can't think on his feet and an OC that was obviously watching a different game on his smart phone.

Coach Pete has had a solid year!

The fans need to support thus man! My primary gripe is that Southwick needs to step through the pass and therefore will put much more heat and accuracy in the ball to his great receivers. I also wish we had some better backups at the QB position.

You don't have to look past this list

to know that Pete has done a great job this year....

Φ 5 of 22

not including the ST-1. That's significant.

All the more reason to go ahead and kick the PAT after the first touchdown. Tie the game and (fully) offset their KO return TD. It's the FIRST quarter!

Why not try the 2-pointer at 12-7 then? Made the last one mandatory.

I did some looking after the game, including Vermeil's original matrix. Nothing I saw (both cfb and NFL) supported going for 2 in that situation.

Dan Dierdorf made a comment after (Denver's) Holliday's 105-yard return to open the 3rd quarter yesterday that giving up that sort of play is "devastating". BSU had the chance to counter the shock, didn't, and was still behind. Take the point, unless you absolutely have to go for 2. Exception would be at the end (ex. Fiesta, 2007) when fatigue is a factor.

Where ya been Cupcake State jock sniffer?

Finally sober up from the SDSU beat down on the smurf turf? How's that BCS looking? - LMAO! Tool!

Breakdown of the first 2 point try

good snap = 2 points

GOOD Catch + GOOD pass = 2

GOOD Catch + GOOD pass = 2 points. You're welcome...

Φ Or,

BAD snap + NO catch + HURRIED throw into the turf = 0 points + the possibility this could bite you in the arse later, as it did.



Φ Snap

was hard and high. Miller was able only to get his right hand on it (stop it at :14). Could he have caught it? Yes. But, the ball was really fired back to him. Tough catch even for a receiver ... and from just 5 yards.

It wasn't the worst snap ever, but far from ideal, especially to someone who isn't in the gun more than a couple of times each year.

The whole thing was botched. Kick the PAT.

[Edit: Why the edit to remove the subject and comments? I'll let my response stand.]

I agree... Kick the PAT.

I agree... Kick the PAT. Learn from the game and hand it back to Hawaii! Go Blue!

Coach Pete and Nick Patti

Off the primary topic tonite, what is the progression of Nick P? He will be the key to our future as Joe will be a senior next year and Hedrick/Laughrea do not appear to have Coach Petes confidence whatsoever. I am dismayed over our present lack of depth at the QB position and have to question the soundness of our recruiting efforts in that specific area accordingly. Nick is our future and I just hope he will not end up being suspended like JVG Pinkel and Hightower. We must help Nick Patti remain in Good standing with Coach Pete!

One more home game!

Let's finish!!! Go Broncos!!!


Hey everyone, nagirski played for boise st, he knows what he is talking about, go wizz up a rope!

For someone who an IQ of 150

he loves using the "wizz up a rope" line. Somewhere, somehow, that line has worked wonders for him.

Φ Good one to use

on cops, judges, teachers, coaches, bosses, coworkers, friends, your wife, your kids, and the IRS.

Gotta love the Stinksman..

Election day tomorrow and this story is the #1 lead story on the website. Poor coach "Cupcake" Pete and the silly stinksman reporters and editors. Boo hoo nobody will play us because they are scared.


Shut the fuque up.

Φ Politics is now a sport!

ESPN has the "final" (Chris Berman's word) interviews with Obama and Romney, prior to the election, at halftime of the Eagles-Saints game.

No joke, some of you must have seen that.

Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper must have been outbid for the P-Bowl rights.

I wonder if Ditka and Keyshawn will handle the questions and keep time? Gruden will offer his thorough analysis early in the 3rd and ESPN will break out some new graphics showing the "winner" via call/text. The nation will vote accordingly tomorrow.

Early in 2013, the White House will be renamed "ESPN-DC". Kornheiser and Wilbon will get a new show: "Pardon The Imposition".

WSOP better move over!!

Canadian Bacon!

Mike has been such a pleasure to watch. His play has been inspirational this year and I am gutted that he has this injury. Feel bad for Mike and it's devestating for the defense. Mike is a leader.

Looks like

all of the ropes are taken nag, can the rest of us use your leg?