Boise State football coaches constantly used one word Monday — physical.
That’s one a defensive coach would seemingly be more prone to toss around, but it was the Broncos’ offensive coaches who held a media day. As Boise State begins fall camp Thursday, coaches want to see a little extra tenacity from their offense.
“We need to be consistent and we need to be physical,” wide receivers coach Junior Adams said. “I think everything kind of falls under that umbrella. If you’re physical, you’re playing with good effort. If you’re physical, you’re going up and attacking balls and making plays. We want to establish that mindset. We’re in college football, any team in this conference, across the United States, they all have good players. What’s going to be our edge? Our edge is we’ll be more physical.”
The Broncos averaged 39.1 points per game last season, 15th in the nation, so the fixes aren’t exactly massive, but they did yield 31 sacks and their red zone touchdown percentage (58.2) was 81st.
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Strong through the air in most games, the Broncos were 1-4 when held to fewer than 150 yards. In seven of their nine wins, they ran for more than 200.
“It’s about going back to what we try to do every week, establishing the run and imposing our physicality. That’s what we have to prove,” running backs coach Lee Marks said. “The beautiful part of our offense ... we’ve always prided ourselves on being a dominant offense. If that means we have to score 90 points or 10 points, we’re going to do that, but you’re going to feel it every single time.
“I don’t think we lacked a physical offense, but when you put on our film, we don’t want there to be any question what kind of offense we are. That’s going to be a big deal this year.”
The Broncos are hoping that pays off in high-leverage situations, which will be a primary focus in fall camp.
“We’re really hitting situational football this fall camp, a lot of third-down situations, red-zone situations, two-minute clutch situations,” co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Zak Hill said.
From the big guys up front, the fast guys flanking the formation, or the guy throwing the ball, the mindset will come from every spot.
“The physical part is a big emphasis. Doesn’t mean we have to run it 99 times out of 100, it can be the receiver trying to make a hit, a guy on the line finding someone to blow up, the quarterback getting hit and popping back up,” co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Scott Huff said.
Marks said senior running back Devan Demas has “a leg up” on the competition to be the No. 2 back behind junior Jeremy McNichols. Demas has 75 carries and 469 yards in his career. ... Marks said at least one of the incoming signees, Robert Mahone and Alexander Mattison, likely will play this season. “I’m not going into it thinking I need to redshirt those guys, it’s truly open,” Marks said. ... Huff said senior tackle Mario Yakoo isn’t limited physically, but will not “have a huge volume” of snaps in fall camp because he knows what to do and to allow more work for younger players. ... Junior receiver Cedrick Wilson, listed on the depth chart as one of three starters, was again praised, with Adams saying “he has unbelievable ability, we’ve just got to make sure we put it on display.” Tight ends/special teams coach Kent Riddle said, “Ced was a guy that definitely impressed us in the spring” as a returner.
Defensive coaches meet with the media Tuesday — what does their side of the ball have to prove?