Jonathan Moxey said unless you have lived it, you can’t understand it.
Boise State cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose called it “Florida swag.” An attitude just hovering between supremely confident and cocky. That’s never going away for Moxey, Boise State’s most experienced cornerback, but it will be toned down his senior season.
“You want to still have some kind of swagger but still control his emotions,” Ambrose said.
Moxey had some very noticeable issues last season drawing flags for after-the-play actions, most notably at BYU when he got a personal foul after arguing with a referee. He was pulled from the game, and the Cougars scored two plays later.
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“What I really want Jonathan to do, I want to see him just play football. I want to see him work his tail off. Don’t worry about getting caught up in the talking on the football field,” Ambrose said. “When he does that, I’d seen it in the spring, when he just kept his mouth closed and played ... his game elevates.”
A starter in 25 games the past two seasons, Moxey, a West Palm Beach, Fla. native, said this spring he’s been working on keeping those emotions in check. Three days into fall camp, he has taken seriously his role as someone the younger players will look up to, one he said “just came naturally.”
“I’d say (I’ve grown) a lot. It's all about progression, be a better player, be a better person on and off the field, every single day,” Moxey said.
With Donte Deayon graduated and in New York Giants training camp, Moxey has moved into position to mold the group. He’s offered his expertise to the crop of younger players without hesitance.
“I might shoot them a text, ‘If you need me, got any questions, let me know,’ ” Moxey said. “I’m there to help, just like the older guys helped me when I was younger.
“I love helping other people. That's what the world is about.”
Moxey’s 10 pass breakups led the Broncos last season and were tied for third in the Mountain West.
“I just want to be best me I can be,” Moxey said. “Every day in practice, there’s a play or two I know I could’ve done (better). It’s all mental mistakes, maybe my technique wasn't right. That’s what drives me.”
ANDERSON AIMS TO CONTINUE HIS GROWTH
Senior receiver Chaz Anderson spoke with the media Saturday and had a good laugh when he, a former cornerback, was asked how he’d cover fellow senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck.
“I’m glad I’m a receiver now ... probably hold him a little bit,” Anderson said.
Now a fixture on the first-team offense, Anderson had 42 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns last season. With no other receiver outside he and Sperbeck returning that had more than 10 catches last season, he’s been relied upon to be a continuously steady presence. He said he’s been working on not letting negative plays linger, when in the past he’d let it affect him on the field.
“Just understanding that everything is temporary. You drop a ball, you need to come back and make the play,” Anderson said. “When (adversity) shows up, you have to attack it and be better.”
BACK TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
After splitting practices between veterans and newcomers the first three days of fall camp, the Broncos will practice for the first time as a full group Sunday. The practice will be closed to the media, but Monday’s will be partially open.
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