Quick notes from the Boise State football team’s Monday press conference:
— Sophomore tailback Devan Demas’ two big plays against Louisiana earned him more playing time. “He’ll see the field more,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “I don’t know exactly how much, but he’ll see the field more because of that.”
— Wide receiver Matt Miller and safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, who left the Louisiana game with injuries, will play this week, Harsin said.
— Safety Jeremy Ioane, who did not play against Louisiana because he wasn’t feeling well, is expected to practice Tuesday and play this week, Harsin said.
— Left tackle Rees Odhiambo and wide receiver Troy Ware are questionable again this week.
— Wide receiver Tanner Shipley did not dress for last week’s game and is questionable this week.
— Cornerback Cleshawn Page will miss at least one more game but Harsin does not expect to redshirt him.
— Cornerback Mercy Maston, who has not played and has a redshirt year available, is about 90 percent, Harsin said. The plan still is to use him this year and not redshirt him. “But he’s a possibility for that,” Harsin said.
— Long snapper Kevin Keane got banged up and missed the last field-goal attempt against Louisiana. He’s fine this week.
— Senior tight end Connor Peters returns from his four-game academic suspension. He has been practicing with the team and will fit in quickly. “He will be involved,” Harsin said. “Other than actually playing in the game, he’s done everything. He will be in the game plan.”
— Third-string quarterback Tommy Stuart also could redshirt but that’s not the plan right now. “It depends on how the season goes,” Harsin said. “We’ve talked about utilizing him in certain things.”
— The internal players of the week were tailback Jay Ajayi and quarterback Grant Hedrick (offense), cornerback Donte Deayon (defense), tailback Jack Fields (special teams), guard Travis Averill (offensive line) and tackle Armand Nance (defensive line).
Coach Bryan Harsin
— On the Louisiana game: “I thought the guys played really hard, they played fast, they played physical in that game. We have to clean up a few things this week. And again finish toward the end, which continues to be something to stress.”
— On Air Force: “They’ve blended what they’re doing with some different principles. They’ve got kind of a unique (offense) on top of being triple option.”
— On the mistakes on offense last week, including a penalty that negated a touchdown and a snap over the quarterback’s head: “We play enough quality teams — they’re going to slow us down at some point. We can’t hurt ourselves. That’s what really hurts our rhythm.”
— On quarterback Grant Hedrick: “Now he’s getting to option three. That’s where I’ve seen him progress the most. It’s set up for option one, we’ll take option two and then option three comes down to the quarterback. He’s processed it quicker and he’s gotten to that No. 3 guy a lot sooner, which has given that guy a chance to make a play.”
— On Demas: “That’s something we need to be able to do is have more guys back there to tote the ball. He’s progressed. He’s gotten better throughout practice. He’s gotten better at making plays. The bottom line is you go out there and make plays, you’re going to get more opportunities to go out and make plays. He’s earned himself more opportunities. You want the rhythm on offense. You want guys to keep positive plays happening. He’s a guy who has shown he can do that.”
— On poor finishes at home with few fans left: “I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to that. If you’re asking if we’d like everybody to be there throughout the game, absolutely. For our guys, they come out there to have the people of Bronco Nation come watch them play. The energy in that stadium, that’s on us. We’ve got to provide that. We can’t control those things. Now I’m not 18 to 22, so I can imagine some of that does have an effect on guys as well.”
— Stuart will be the scout team quarterback for much of Air Force prep because of his running ability. Sometimes teams use wide receivers or other good athletes. “We’ve got a couple other guys who can go in there and play for the speed factor,” Harsin said. “You still want to give them a look and create that decision-making the quarterback has to make.”
— On safety Darian Thompson vs. Louisiana: “He was all over the field making plays.”
— On Deayon’s leaping, toe-tapping interception: “We watched it as a team. It’s about as impressive a play as anybody’s seen. He’s about as consistent as can be throughout practices and games. He’s always smiling. He’s always ready.”
DE Beau Martin
— Martin is from Denver, so this week’s game in Colorado Springs is close to home. He’s expecting 30-35 friends and family members. “It’s definitely special for me,” he said.
— Air Force offered him a scholarship. He attended a game on a visit. “I just don’t think I was cut out to be a cadet,” he said. “I have all the respect in the world for those guys. It’s a very disciplined lifestyle and personally I’m not very good at math. Coming out with those test scores, I don’t think I could have made it at Air Force.”
— On Air Force’s offense: “They’re obviously the best in the Mountain West at rushing and our goal every week first and foremost is to stop the run and that’s going to be our goal this week.”
— On the defense: “We have a lot of room to improve. That’s the thing I love about our defense — we’re all hungry. We want to be great, we all want to do our job.”
— On cut blocks: “It’s hard because as a defensive lineman you want to play aggressively, you want to get off the ball and make plays. What the cut block does is really negate that.”
— On playing against a military academy: “After the game I’ll definitely shake their hands and tell them how much I respect them. Those guys, they have a lot on their plates and they’re exceptional football players as well.”
RB Devan Demas
— On his touchdown run and 73-yard run against Louisiana: “It was a great feeling. I just feel like when I get an opportunity I’ve got to make something happen.”
— He said the 73-yarder came on a play that had worked all night. “The play was blocked to perfection,” he said.
— On whether he thought he’d score on the long run: “I did, for a second. I thought I was gone. I never saw (the defender). He came out of nowhere. That was a great job by that player. He had to be flying.”
— He calls starter Jay Ajayi his “big brother.” “Everything he tells me, I take it in.”
— On how he can pass protect against bigger defenders: “Cut, cut, cut. If he’s 260 coming at me, I’m just going to cut him.”
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