Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin said junior STUD Gabe Perez is expected to miss the rest of the season as he will undergo shoulder surgery soon.
Perez redshirted last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. This time, he will have surgery on the left shoulder, Harsin said. Though he missed the 2015 season, Perez was one of the more experienced players on the defense, having six sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in a backup role the previous two seasons. He was limited in six games this season, making five tackles (one for loss).
On the Broncos’ depth chart, he’s been listed as a co-starter with sophomore Jabril Frazier, though Frazier has started all seven games. Friazier’s backup going forward likely will be redshirt freshman Sam Whitney.
Harsin also said freshman receiver Julian Carter, who is redshirting, will also have shoulder surgery, but is expected to return for spring practices.
More from Harsin:
On turnovers: “We’ve got three this year and given up 11. That is not a good ratio for us in the turnover category. We’re certainly aware of that, and it needs to change.”
On special teams: “Been way too up and down. We won the game on special teams and we hurt ourselves on special teams. It’s too up and down. ... we also let quite a few opportunities slip through our hands, literally, at times on special teams. That needs to end.”
On the team: “I’ll say this, we are a very tough team ... these guys play hard, they show their toughness in the most difficult situations. With all the things we have to work from an execution standpoint, I’ll take tough in the game of football anytime. Certainly it’s got us to this point, but we can make it better.”
On strange wins: “Regardless of the record, there’s unacceptables even when you win. You can’t just say ‘OK, we won,’ then all the sudden it doesn’t matter. Then if you lose a game, it becomes really, really important.”
On QB Brett Rypien’s deep passing: “That is one area that (we’ve) emphasized that has improved. He’s put a lot of work into that, too. Brett’s mechanically better than he was last year. Coach (Zak) Hill has done a great job. ... Brett throws pretty much all the throws you want a quarterback to make.”
On the importance of Saturday’s game: “I think we’re playing for the same thing. It’s a big as it gets. Everyone knows our goal, we haven’t been bashful about that. Our goal is to win our conference. In order to do that, you have to win the Mountain Division. Guess what? Wyoming’s there, both teams are undefeated and we have to go play there.”
On the two personal fouls penalties inside the 5-yard line: “I don’t think any guy on this team wants to do that. At all. I think those guys played maybe a total of three snaps each after that happened, and that’s only because we had to.”
On tight end Jake Knight: “He shuts up, he goes out there, he works hard, he does it every day, every play, every time and it's just consistent. To me, that's what inspires people when you see that, and it's even more rewarding when he has a moment like he did.”
Check out video of Harsin, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Zak Hill and defensive coordinator Andy Avalos above.
The Broncos’ internal players of the week after the 28-27 win over BYU were tight end Jake Knight (offense), cornerback Jonathan Moxey (defense), center Mason Hampton (offensive line), defensive tackle Elliot Hoyte (defensive line) and sophomore nose tackle David Moa (special teams). Moa was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Check out this video of Boise State commitment Michael Young, from Queen Creek, Ariz. The 330-pounder takes an interception to the house and could not be more happy about it.