By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior kicker Michael Frisina was made available to the media Monday for the first time since early in the season. Here are a few highlights:
— On the 27-21 win at Nevada: “After the Nevada game, I got a lot of love in the locker room — ‘Hey, nice job’ — because there hadn’t been a game up to that point, the extra point against BYU I guess you could say was the only other game, where the points mattered. So that was nice. Nice to see that what you’ve been doing and working hard for all year and basically all your life came down to meaning something important. That’s the first and only conference championship I’ve ever won. I’ve never won anything in Little League sports, high school, going back to junior college. That was really exciting for me to finally get a conference championship in my last season and the last regular-season game in my career.”
— On making every field goal of 30 yards or less: “That’s my job. Getting inside the 20, you’ve got to come away with points. We’ve seen how valuable points have been this year in some of our games.”
— On missing all five tries outside 30: “It’s not a mental thing because I know I can make kicks from out there. I do it all the time in practice. That’s just how the chips have fallen.”
— On how he’s treated on campus: “People don’t even know I’m on the football team. At the beginning of the year we all have to give a paper to our teachers letting them know when we’ll be traveling. … A teacher said, ‘What are you traveling for. Are you with the band?’ ”
— On sophomore Dan Goodale and true freshman Sean Wale: “I think that Dan and Sean have made great strides.”
Senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs (wrist) and senior nickel Dextrell Simmons (hamstring) have shown improvement in bowl practices and should be able to contribute in the bowl game, coach Chris Petersen said.
Here is the audio of Petersen’s press conference.
Video is above.
Petersen’s half-joking advice to former assistants Sean Kugler (UTEP head coach) and Bryan Harsin (Arkansas State head coach): “Good luck. Have fun. Be careful what you wish for.”
“I’m happy for them, I really am,” Petersen said. “And they’re going to be great. They’re really good coaches and good people. … Both those guys are ready. I’m probably more surprised at Sean than I am at Bryan. But I’m excited for it. I can’t wait to see it.”
Petersen said he and Harsin have talked about getting together to discuss offense.
“We’re already talking about some offensive things, which I love to talk about,” he said. “It was great.”
Boise State graduate assistant and former defensive tackle Andrew Browning will join the staff at UTEP after the bowl game, Petersen said. He did not say what position Browning would fill.
More coaches with Boise State ties likely will end up at UTEP or Arkansas State, Petersen said.
“That’s good for everybody involved at Boise State,” he said.
Running back Derrick Thomas (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, committed to Boise State on Sunday, Butler coach Troy Morrell said.
That’s the same school that produced defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.
“Derrick can make an impact just like (Lawrence) did,” Morrell said. “… He’s a physical runner. He’s got good size and speed combination, which I think is his best asset. He has exceptionally good hands catching out of the backfield. He can line up at slot and run routes as a receiver. He’s a really good blocker, too.”
Thomas will have two years to play two seasons. He spent three years at Butler, using a non-injury redshirt his first year.
Thomas split time with West Virginia-bound Dreamius Smith. Thomas carried 157 times for 829 yards and nine touchdowns.
Thomas is from Dothan, Ala.
The last few commitments for the Broncos have been difficult for us to confirm — players and coaches have not returned phone calls. But I have nailed down two of the three that I was missing — wide receiver Kendal Keys (6-2, 185) of Helix High in La Mesa, Calif., has committed, according to a text message from his coach; and defensive end/outside linebacker Gabe Perez (6-4, 215) of Valencia High in Placentia, Calif., has committed according to the Orange County Register.
There’s one other commit reported by the scouting services who I have not been able to reach.
Here’s the updated class:
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.)
— DT Nick Terry, 6-4, 260, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— WR Kendal Keys, 6-2, 185, Helix HS (La Mesa, Calif.)
— DE/OLB Gabe Perez (6-4, 215), Valencia HS (Placentia, Calif.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)
— K Tyler Rausa, 5-10, 180, Riverside CC (Temecula, Calif.)
— RB Derrick Thomas, 6-1, 210, Butler CC (Dothan, Ala.)
— LB Chris Collins, 6-1, 208, Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, Calif.)
— WR/S D.J. Dean, 6-1, 190, Eagle HS
— OL Archie Lewis, 6-4, 255, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl received an overnight rating of 1.8, according to ESPN. That's a step up from last year's 1.7.