Boise State sophomore defensive end Kamalei Correa gave defensive coordinator Marcel Yates one of the best two-for-one deals of the holiday shopping season.
Correa was so upset with his performance Nov. 15 against San Diego State — two tackles, none for loss — that he approached Yates on the following Tuesday.
“He told me he owed me two games,” Yates said.
And Correa didn’t waste any time paying up.
He recorded four tackles and three sacks the next week at Wyoming and four tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack the week after against Utah State.
The two-game outburst allowed Correa to finish the regular season as the Mountain West leader in sacks with 9.5 and earn All-Mountain West first-team honors as a true sophomore.
“I still owe this team a lot more, so obviously I’m not going to call it quits here,” Correa said.
Correa was a part-time contributor in 2013 as a true freshman. He finished with 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
He’s a starter in 2014. He ranks tied for fourth on the team with 47 tackles, first with 16.5 tackles for loss, first with 9.5 sacks and second with two forced fumbles.
The only defensive player with a bigger increase in tackles this season is sophomore safety Chanceller James (0 to 36 tackles), who was injured last season.
“I came last year and I really didn’t do much for this team,” Correa said. “I really feel proud upon myself that I’m actually doing something for my team.
“It’s just hard work. It’s all paying off. With the help of my guys next to me and (defensive line coach Steve Caldwell), it’s just all working as one. I’m just in the right spot at the right time.”
Sports Authority logos are being painted on the blue turf between the Mountain West and Albertsons Stadium logos at each end of the field. Sports Authority is the title sponsor for the Mountain West championship game.
At the last update, Boise State had distributed a little more than 20,000 tickets for Saturday’s game. That includes 750 to Fresno State.
The color scheme is blue.
The Bronco Walk is at 5:25 p.m.
To try to increase sales, Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi recorded messages that have been used for automated calls to potential buyers.
The TV viewership for the Mountain West championship game could be affected by an ongoing dispute between CBS and Dish Network.
If the two sides can’t reach a deal, Dish Network will lose its right to offer CBS local channels in many major markets where the local channel is owned by CBS. The blackout would begin Thursday.
Boise is not affected. The game will air on KBOI here (Channel 2; except on Cable One, where it’s Channel 8).
The markets at risk: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle.
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