Boise State Football

Sophomore STUD Frazier ready to make it ‘ugly’ for opposing QBs

Boise State STUD Jabril Frazier - Aug. 10, 2016

Boise State sophomore STUD Jabril Frazier discusses fall camp, his increased role, number change and more Aug, 10, 2016.
Up Next
Boise State sophomore STUD Jabril Frazier discusses fall camp, his increased role, number change and more Aug, 10, 2016.

At the defensive end/linebacker hybrid STUD position, Jabril Frazier and junior Gabe Perez will likely see plenty of snaps, forming a strong 1-2 punch that has shown a knack for getting into opposing backfields in their roles as backups.

Frazier had four tackles for loss last season in his Boise State debut while Perez had 14.5 tackles for loss in 2013 and 2014 before missing last season with a shoulder injury.

With Kamalei Correa vacating the position, the Broncos need some terror on the edge. Coaches said before fall camp there likely will be packages where both will be on the field at the same time, which causes Frazier to crack a big smile.

“It’s going to be ugly for some quarterbacks in our league,” he said.

Perez said earlier this week the competition, if one can call it that, is about as friendly as any position battle could be. On Wednesday, Frazier echoed the sentiment, reiterating both have worked as co-No. 1s in the spring and into fall camp.

“We both know we’re going to play a lot. We know when it’s gametime, we’ll have to go and make plays, help the team out,” Frazier said.

Frazier changed his number from 18 to 8 in the offseason. That carries some weight around BSU, as it was last worn by Correa, DeMarcus Lawrence and George Iloka on defense.

“It wasn’t even about Kamalei or DeMarcus. I know that’s the history, everybody knows about the 8, but I wore 8 in high school,” Frazier said.

EAGLE’S COTA COMING ALONG AT SNAPPER

If there is such a thing as an underrated position at the underrated facet of the game, it’s the long snapper.

The past three seasons, Boise State’s punters, holders and kickers had an extremely reliable delivery thanks to Kevin Keane. Now that he has graduated, junior Matt Cota steps into the position. An Eagle High graduate, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound Cota was a second-team All-5A SIC pick as an offensive lineman as a senior.

“He’s done really well, definitely come a long way, become really accurate,” senior kicker Tyler Rausa said. “He’s got big shoes to fill, but I think Cota brings a different sort of athleticism, a little faster and a little more agile, which I think will definitely help on the punt team, too.”

BRONCOS NO. 25 IN SI PRESEASON RANK

Coming off a season that Boise State considered disappointing as a whole, it is still seen as one of the top teams in college football.

The preseason Mountain West Mountain Division favorites, the Broncos are 25th in Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings. Also of note in the top 25 are Washington State, at No. 18 (which the Broncos play Sept. 10 at Albertsons Stadium) and San Diego State at No. 24. The Broncos do not play the Aztecs in the regular season but could meet them in the Mountain West championship. Former coach Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies are at No. 7.

Senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey said the team has extra motivation after losing four games last season.

“Who wouldn’t have a chip on their shoulder after going 9-4? That’s not the standard we expect to hold,” he said.

FIRST FALL SCRIMMAGE THURSDAY NIGHT

Though it is closed to the public and the media, the Broncos will hold their first scrimmage of fall camp. Coach Bryan Harsin will meet with reporters afterward at approximately 8 p.m. Check IdahoStatesman.com for video of Harsin’s comments and more.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420

Related stories from Idaho Statesman

  Comments