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Boise State WR Matt Miller: 'If you don’t start fast, you’re going to get left in the dust'

LAS VEGAS — Attached are videos of short conversations I had with Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller and safety Corey Bell.

Below are comments they made to the media gathered at the Mountain West media preview.

Miller

On the offense: “We’re just scratching the surface of what we can do, which is kind of fun to be a part of. We had a great summer. I’m still looking forward to springing forward into fall camp and seeing where we can take this offense to.”

On sophomore WR Thomas Sperbeck: “You’ve got to watch out for Thomas Sperbeck. He’s had a great offseason.”

On what he expects: “You have a rough estimate, kind of a feeling of what it’s going to be like. Who knows? It could be completely different than I think right now. I believe if we improve every day and work hard every day in fall camp, we’ll be happy on Aug. 28 (opening game vs. Ole Miss).”

Miller said quarterback Grant Hedrick ran the most efficient player-run practices yet this summer: “He’s laid it all out, like a practice plan. He scripts out what we’re going to run, certain drills, 5-minute periods. We have the clock out there and everything. It’s very detailed.”

On the opener against Ole Miss: “It puts a little pressure on you that you need to start fast. If you don’t start fast, you’re going to get left in the dust. The past couple years, we did get left in the dust. It feels like we have to catch up the second game.” The Broncos lost to Michigan State and Washington the past two years in the openers.

On the Washington game: “Last year was just a weird deal, just because we played Washington the year before. I think that might have played a role, too. It’s hard to beat a team twice in a row. It definitely shows you you can’t just go in and expect to win. You have to put the work in, you have to play physical. Washington really outphysicaled us that game, kind of hit us in the mouth. We have to go out every game and be the hammer, not the nail.”

On not having won an outright conference title in his career: “It kind of fuels the fire a little bit. You work a little harder because you want to make those plays in crunch time so you’re not saying what if this happened or what if that happened — you want to make it happen.”

On his goals: “I want to win the outright Mountain West championship and win the bowl game. If we do that, the individual goals will take care of themselves. Especially with this being coach (Bryan) Harsin’s first year, I want to leave my mark saying I left this program better than when I came into it.”

Bell

On the start of fall camp: “You want to get out there and prove yourself.”

On this team: “There’s always mystery. You can think you have the best team in the world and come in and not be what you thought. I don’t like to predict. You’ve got to go out there and prove yourself.”

On what he wants to see in fall camp: “I want to see a team that’s mentally tough. I want to see a team that can weather adversity. I just want to see a physical team. I want us to be physical. I want people to know us as a physical team, a force to be reckoned with. I feel like it’s coming. There’s still a ways to go.”

On last year’s defense: “That definitely wasn’t good. Last year, we had a lot of inexperience, a lot of guys who were kind of testing the water and getting a feel for college football. Sometimes, you’ve got to sacrifice a little bit to get a better end result and I think that could happen. We have a lot of young guys who got experience last year who will come in and be solid players this year. I think you can look on the offensive line and see that and on defense.”

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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