Boise State's Shane Williams-Rhodes to undergo surgery

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 1, 2013 

WILLIAMS-RHODES OUT

Boise State sophomore wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, the team’s leading receiver, missed the New Mexico game with an injury. He will have minor ankle surgery Sunday, coach Chris Petersen said, but might return for the bowl game.

Sophomore right guard Marcus Henry also missed the game with an injury. Redshirt freshman Mario Yakoo made his first start in his place. Sophomore right tackle Rees Odhiambo — who missed four of the previous six games — was available but did not start. Redshirt freshman Travis Averill started.

SOUTHWICK'S BOWL STATUS

Senior quarterback Joe Southwick returned to the starting lineup. He had missed four straight games with a broken ankle.

Southwick only played one series, but Petersen hopes to get more out of him in the bowl game.

“Sometimes that last thing to get healed up takes quite a bit of time,” Petersen said, “but he’s made pretty rapid progress, so hopefully he can take that next step and we can all feel good about it.”

Southwick likely would not have started Saturday if it weren’t Senior Day, Petersen said. His mobility remained a concern.

“He’s a tough guy,” Petersen said. “He wanted to be left out there the whole time.”

HARMAN THROWS A STRIKE

Boise State senior punter Trevor Harman fired a perfect pass to wide receiver Matt Miller on a fake punt in the first quarter. The throw on an out route gave the Broncos a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-2.

“He has a very good arm,” Petersen said. “You really only saw a little portion of it. He can launch.”

In practice, Harman throws the ball downfield to simulate punts during punt-return practice to save the kickers’ legs.

The drive ended in a punt anyway.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN COMMITS

David Moa (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) of Kearny High in San Diego has committed to Boise State for the class of 2014, his coach said.

Here is the updated class:

• DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

• QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)

• CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)

• DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS

• TE Drew Sample, 6-4, 235, Newport (Wash.) HS

• WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS

• OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

• OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS

• DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

• ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS

• OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS

• DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)

QUICK HITS

Boise State captains: cornerback Bryan Douglas, Miller, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and linebacker Corey Bell. … Boise State wore all blue uniforms. … Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was on the field for senior introductions to support his brother, wide receiver Kirby Moore. Kellen’s Detroit Lions played Thursday. … The Varsity B honorary captains were end Al Kiler (1940) and fullback Dave Toney (1966-70). … Defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe carried the Hammer. … New Mexico senior left tackle Darryl Johnson gained 13 yards on a lateral in the first quarter. … The Broncos’ 99-yard drive in the first half was the longest since 2008 against Idaho State.

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