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Boise State defensive backs must handle Washington State offense

Boise State cornerback Jonathan Moxey has three career interceptions.
Boise State cornerback Jonathan Moxey has three career interceptions. Statesman file

It is no secret that Washington State will want to throw, and the Cougars will do it plenty. They’ll also be keen to try to attack a defensive backfield still out to prove itself.

The Broncos had a cornerback (sophomore Tyler Horton) and two safeties (junior Cameron Hartsfield and redshirt freshman Evan Tyler) making their first starts last Saturday at Louisiana. Senior Chanceller James is expected to return at safety in his season debut.

“They’re a real sound group. They move around well; they fly to the ball,” Washington State junior quarterback Luke Falk said. “It’ll be a challenge to us, but we’re looking forward to it.”

With an offense built upon the pass game like the Cougars’ Air Raid attack, it means there will be no shortage of options to catch passes from Falk. Ten players had at least two in their season opener. Washington State will throw plenty of short, quick passes in space, hoping to get receivers free if they can break tackles.

Boise State did well making open-field stops at Louisiana, allowing one play over 25 yards in the game.

“Especially with our next opponent, you’ve got to tackle well in the open field because they have so many playmakers on offense,” Boise State senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey said.

In a game with the potential to be a shootout, it will be important for the Broncos not to get comfortable, especially late. The Cougars threw for 5,059 yards last year on 738 attempts, winning five games by a touchdown or less.

“Being disciplined and fighting through fatigue, because I know it can be tiring when they pass so much and you’re running all around the field,” Moxey said.

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