Most of the Boise State football players are in an unfamiliar position Saturday as the Broncos play at BYU.
The Broncos won their season opener last week for the first time since 2011.
“We cannot get complacent,” junior linebacker Darren Lee said. “I’ve never won game one since I’ve been here, so that might be a challenge for us. The coaches have done really well to try to stop that and I haven’t seen that this week. We’re working harder than we have ever. I’m really excited for week two. I don’t see us letting up at all.”
Other leftover notes/quotes from the week:
— Lee, a former LDS missionary, on playing against BYU: “There’s kind of been a rivalry between us the last few years anyway, so the team gets really energized. For me, it’s just exciting — I’ve got a lot of friends that go to the school ... kind of a chance to make a lot of friends mad.”
— Lee on his big hits last year against BYU: “It just lined up for me, it really did. The work that week paid off. You know how you visualize — ‘I hope this happens’? It just all lined up.” Lee is a captain this week.
— Lee on the special teams mistakes last week: “There was simply a disconnect between what people knew and what people acted on.”
— Sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols on the scoreless second half last week: “We just have to finish in the second half and we learned that. I think we came out kind of slow and it’s not going to happen again.”
— Running backs coach Lee Marks says junior tailback Devan Demas has made a “180” in terms of his consistency in the past year. “Devan’s electric,” Marks said. “When Devan’s on, Devan’s really, really on.”
— Offensive line coach Scott Huff on the opener: “We have a chance to be pretty good running the football. We’ve got a lot of work still to do to get there, but it was very encouraging.”
— Huff on BYU’s defense: “You’ve got to be ready for (the pressure) to come from any direction on the field. They do a good job disguising their coverage with it. They know what they’re doing and they know how to mess with an offense.”
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ESPN’s “College GameDay” wasn’t kind to the Broncos on Saturday morning. Analysts Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit picked BYU. Howard said the Cougars would win by 10 points because they’re “much more physical” than the Broncos.
Herbstreit also repeatedly messed up quarterback Ryan Finley’s name (he called him Ryan Lindley, the former San Diego State QB).
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin responded with this tweet:
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