Boise State redshirt freshman safety Evan Tyler tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee Saturday at Oregon State, ending his season, coach Bryan Harsin said Tuesday.
Tyler started the Broncos’ season opener Sept. 3 at Louisiana, making four tackles, 1.5 for losses. He’s backed up senior Chanceller James the last two games. Harsin said they will apply for a medical redshirt, but the odds could be against them.
“Evan was really coming along,” defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said.
Junior Kameron Miles and freshman Kekoa Nawahine will be the likely backups behind James going forward, Harsin said.
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Tyler redshirted last season and played this season, so it differs from former quarterback Ryan Finley, who transferred to North Carolina State and got a medical redshirt after he had a season-ending injury in the third game of 2015. Finley redshirted in 2013 as a freshman, but was injured.
Harsin said a few other Broncos are “day to day,” including senior linebacker Tanner Vallejo, who did not play in the second half at Oregon State, but no injuries are long-term.
More from Harsin’s press conference Tuesday:
▪ The team’s players of the week for the Oregon State game were junior running back Jeremy McNichols (offense), senior linebacker Darren Lee (defense), senior guard Steven Baggett (offensive line), sophomore defensive tackle David Moa (defensive line) and senior punter Sean Wale (Hard Hat/special teams).
▪ On Utah State: “Certainly have a lot of respect for (Matt Wells) and what they do. ... again, they continue to play hard, some guys left to the NFL, and they replaced them with the same type of energy and tenacity they played with.”
▪ When looking back at Victor Bolden’s 99-yard kickoff return against the Broncos in the fourth quarter, Harsin did see a ref get in cornerback Raymond Ford’s way as he was making angle toward Bolden. Harsin joked “the ref got The Hammer award for this week.”
▪ Harsin said he doesn’t think Utah State senior safety Dallin Leavitt, a team captain, will play after seeing his injury Saturday against Air Force. Leavitt hurt his ankle, and Wells didn’t comment on his status Monday.
▪ He said turnovers are “the key ingredient,” but said the team’s ability to get sacks and stop teams on fourth down have helped make up for the lack of turnovers created (two), though both were returned for touchdowns.