By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team’s personnel shortage isn’t expected to improve much for this week’s Senior Day game against Colorado State.
Senior long snapper Chris Roberson returns from a two-game suspension, coach Chris Petersen said Monday. Freshman defensive back Eric Agbaroji returned from suspension last week but didn’t make the trip to Hawaii.
Sophomore safety Lee Hightower and freshman tight end Hayden Plinke remain suspended. They have been out for three games each.
Junior tight end Gabe Linehan, the starter going into the season, will not return this year, Petersen said. He has a hamstring injury.
Senior nickel Dextrell Simmons might play this week and senior safety/special-teamer Hazen Moss is questionable.
Senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs is out but there’s hope he’ll play Dec. 1. Sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller, who left Saturday’s game early, is OK.
Junior offensive lineman Jake Broyles aggravated the same injury that had sidelined him since the Sept. 29 game at New Mexico. He’s doubtful.
The missing pieces have been most evident on the kickoff team, which has allowed a touchdown each of the past two weeks while missing four starters — Hightower, Plinke, Simmons and Moss.
“We need to tackle better,” Petersen said. “Guys need to get off blocks better. I think that the health of our team has showed up there. So it’s all those things. We’ve got to get it fixed. … There are excuses for everything and that’s not what we’re about here. It’s just interesting how in a couple weeks we can go from a great kickoff coverage team to all of a sudden we’re on our heels.”
Here is audio of Petersen’s press conference.