Boise State's foe has a Favre at quarterback

Dylan Favre will get a share of the snaps when the Skyhawks visit Boise.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 4, 2013 

UT Martin UT Chattanooga Football

UT Martin quarterback Dylan Favre (1) throws while Chattanooga linebacker tries to break it up during an FCS game at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/ Chattanooga Time, Doug Strickland)


  • UT Martin scouting report


    • Where: Martin, Tenn. (11,421)

    • Founded: 1900

    • Enrollment: 8,400

    • Colors: Navy blue and orange

    • Nickname: Skyhawks

    • Record: 1-0 overall

    • Last game: Won 31-21 at Chattanooga on Thursday


    Jason Simpson, 42, is 46-34 in eight years at UT Martin - the best record in school history. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Chattanooga for three years.

    Simpson is 35-20 in Ohio Valley Conference games. Before he arrived, the program had won 20 OVC games in its first 14 seasons in the league. He finished fourth in Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year voting in his debut season, 2006, when he led the Skyhawks to an OVC title and No. 13 national ranking.


    UT Martin is another up-tempo, spread offense team. The Skyhawks present a balanced attack. Last week, Chattanooga aligned its defense to prevent the pass. UT Martin rushed for 289 yards, including 134 from DJ McNeil and 116 from Trent Garland. It was the program's best rushing performance against a Division I opponent in five years.

    Tyler Eady (center), Charles Sweeton (left tackle) and Mathew Axline (left guard) each have started at least 22 games in their careers, making the line a strength. Senior Jeremy Butler is the top receiver. He made 10 catches last week.


    UT Martin ranked 113th in the Football Championship Subdivision in total defense last year at 469.7 yards per game. But the Skyhawks' 3-3-5 defense appeared much improved in the opener, shutting out Chattanooga for the first 44 minutes.

    Senior linebacker Ben Johnson finished sixth in the nation with 137 tackles last year. Senior free safety Thad Williams is a playmaker who covers a lot of ground. And defensive end DJ Roberts is a preseason all-conference pick who made two tackles for loss last week.


    The Skyhawks boast a strong special teams résumé. They were eighth in punting and eighth in punt returns last season. Punter James Satterfield returns - he averaged 45.5 yards last week. Kickoff returner Corey Jordan contributed a 68-yard return.


    UT Martin is 1-14 vs. Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The Skyhawks earned their first win last year against Memphis.

  • BSU out of both polls

    Boise State's eight total points are its fewest since getting two Nov. 13, 2005. The Broncos didn't receive points in the AP poll for part of 2007, but had more than eight in the USA Today poll during that span.

— The UT Martin Skyhawks will bring a two-quarterback system to Bronco Stadium on Saturday. And one of those players is a Favre.

Redshirt sophomore Jarod Neal (6-foot-1, 191 pounds) and junior transfer Dylan Favre (5-10, 195) - the nephew of former NFL star Brett Favre - split time at quarterback in the Skyhawks' opening win against ranked Chattanooga. That's the plan again when the Football Championship Subdivision team comes to Boise for what its coach has called a "mini-bowl game."

This is the longest football road trip in school history (1,820 miles). The team arrives Thursday.

Neal was 10-of-15 for 79 yards with an interception last week, hitting his first seven throws. Favre was 9-for-12 for 83 yards with a touchdown. He rushed for 37 yards and another touchdown, but lost a key fumble.

They're replacing three-year starting quarterback Derek Carr, the school's career leader in TD passes, total offense and passing yards.

"They both did well," UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said. "They both made one crucial mistake. … They both made plays, they both handled themselves well and they'll both play this week."

He wouldn't commit to a starter.

Favre, who spent two years at Mississippi State and last season at Pearl River Community College, led three of UT Martin's four touchdown drives last week.

"We've got a couple more days here to put our game plan together," Simpson said. "It doesn't really matter who starts. You find who's got what going and you go with that guy."

The quarterbacks present different styles, so the Broncos will need to prepare for both.

"Favre, he's more of a scrambler and can run," Boise State redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver said. "The other quarterback is going to sit there and throw the ball."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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