Boise State sophomore safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner needs surgery to repair a broken ankle bone but is expected to return this season, coach Bryan Harsin said Monday.
Sumner-Gardner ranks seventh on the team with 14 tackles. He started the first four games and was injured while making a tackle Friday against Virginia.
Redshirt sophomore Kam Miles, who played with Sumner-Gardner at West Mesquite (Texas) High, replaced him during Friday’s game and is listed as the starter for Saturday’s game against Hawaii (8:15 p.m., ESPN2, Albertsons Stadium).
Miles finished with two tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. He also dropped a near interception.
Walk-on Skyler Seibold joined the depth chart as Miles’ backup.
“(Miles) carried the flag. He played better than what we expected actually,” senior nickel Mercy Maston said. “I can’t wait to see what he does this week.”
Sumner-Gardner isn’t eligible for a medical redshirt because he played too many games.
NOTES AND QUOTES
Coach Bryan Harsin
— Players of the game against Virginia: wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck (offense), linebacker Ben Weaver (defense), kicker Tyler Rausa (special teams), right guard Steven Baggett (O-line) and nose tackle Armand Nance (D-line).
— On Hawaii: “We know the physicality of Hawaii. They’ve always been physical. Now you add this component of guys flying around from a lot of different looks. They will bring pressure. That’s something we did not do a good job of handling.”
— Harsin is pushing the idea of a sellout this week. The Broncos have only packed the stadium three times in its current configuration: in 2012 and 2014 vs. BYU and this year vs. Washington. “We expect a sellout crowd in Albertsons Stadium,” Harsin said. “We expect our student section filled with something a little bit new, the B.U.S.S. — for those guys to be loud.” He didn’t elaborate on the B.U.S.S.
— On QB Brett Rypien: “He graded out fairly well and probably left a couple things on the field we could have taken advantage of. But the adjustments we made in the game, we hit ... that probably fired me up more than anything. When it presented itself, he was able to see it and he and Sperbeck hit it. That’s what adjustments are for, to take advantage of the opportunities and looks they’re giving you. That was the best moment just as far as quarterbacking goes.”
— On Hawaii, which is 2-2 with losses at Ohio State and Wisconsin: “I throw their record out. They’ve played some very good teams. They beat Colorado, which has shown to be a pretty good football team right now.”
— On Kam Miles: “The play he made in the end zone, that’s a play he’s been waiting to make and that showed. That gives him confidence he can play fast, make those types of plays, and that’s really what we expect from him.”
— On using backup QB Tommy Stuart: “We still want to use Tommy. We still want to have the ability to utilize a package of his plays or let him play. The thing we didn’t get into was letting him just have a series and play. It’s all a work in progress. We’re not in a whole two-quarterback system. That’s not what we’re doing, but we’re letting guys play. If that means we give him a series vs. a package of plays, we can do that as well. It makes us more multiple on offense is what it does. If guys are deserving of playing, we try to find roles for them — why is it any different at quarterback as long as he can keep our flow and momentum.”
— He said it’s possible quarterback Ryan Finley will redshirt but that’s not the plan at the moment. “This season is the most important season,” he said.
Eliah Drinkwitz, offensive coordinator
— On QB Brett Rypien: “I really don’t want to discuss efficiencies or whatever. There were things he needs to get better at. They were obvious. He knows them. ... Nobody’s perfect. They weren’t detrimental mistakes by any means.”
— On the offensive line: “I thought the O-line played pretty good. Three of the four sacks were on the quarterback. Hits are part of the game. ... The last touchdown, they brought one more than we could block. They gave us a touchdown. They get to pick their poison.”
— On throwing the ball against Virginia: “They play man to man and try to put an extra guy in the box. ... The game plan was if they tried to outnumber us in the box we were going to throw the ball.”
— On coming out throwing: “I thought it was important to get (Rypien) started early. ... We had a couple of big plays happen and you could just see him like, ‘I can really do this.’ We probably got too greedy and tried to take a shot on third-and-1. That’s the mindset. We’re not easing into this with a freshman quarterback. He’s a quarterback and he’s going to be expected to play like a quarterback in this system is expected to play. He was by no means perfect. There are some things he’s got to get a lot better at for this offense to be as dynamic as it needs to be. ... We still called quarterback runs and read stuff. He did it. He’s got to get better at it.”
— The three sacks that were on the quarterback: on a shot play, Rypien needed to throw the ball away or try to scramble; Tommy Stuart took a sack when he should have thrown the ball away and Virginia caught Boise State in a bad matchup where Rypien should have recognized that a defender was unblocked thrown the ball away.
— The Broncos struggled on third down against Virginia. Drinkwitz mentioned that Bill Walsh used to say that good offenses were those that avoided third down. “On the touchdown drives, we weren’t in third down,” Drinkwitz said. “That’s when we’re clicking. We’ve got to get better on third downs. That was the most disappointing thing because we could have scored a lot more if we had any type of third-down conversions.”
— On the run game: “We’ve got to be better in the run game. We all know it. We’ve got to continue to focus on it. A part of it (against Virginia) was they didn’t quite give us the looks we were expecting and wanting in the run game. The other thing is we were throwing the ball early and often. To get into a run game rhythm, you’ve got to call it. To be honest, I wasn’t being that patient.”
— On the Virginia performance: “That was probably our best offensive performance to speak of ... and by no means were we satisfied. I don’t think any player will tell you we were real happy in the film room. It was pretty good. It still lacks consistency. We’re going to continue to push and prod until we get there.”
Marcel Yates, defensive coordinator
— On defensive end Kamalei Correa: “He impacted the first play of the game (against Virginia). That was on him. He was the one who had the heat on the quarterback. Teams know exactly where he’s at. He’s the type of player you better know where he’s at. The stats aren’t there for him, but he’s playing well.” The first play was Justin Taimatuia’s pick six.
— On forcing five turnovers: “We were due for that, it felt like. ... Hopefully we can keep that going.”
— On Sumner-Gardner’s injury: “Hopefully it won’t be a big drop-off, but we will miss Dylan. He was playing well.”
— On Sumner-Gardner walking off the field with a broken bone: “He’s always been tuaght you never want to be down on the football field. You want to get off the field. He was trying to get off but he had a lot of pain.”
— On Miles: “He’s been getting better each week just as far as off the field, him understanding what we’re trying to do. It’s kind of tough sometimes to come here and learn our scheme. As the weeks started to go by, he was getting in a groove. He’s going to be thrown into the fire now.”
— On Miles’ dropped interception against Virginia: “That holds true for guys from (West Mesquite), they can’t catch.”
— On life as a defensive coordinator: “I don’t sleep much, fellas. ... I’m sitting down Saturday, I’m getting sick watching all the points being scored on good defenses. I have a day off and I’m just sick what’s going on across the countries with coordinators that are pretty good.”
Marcus Henry, center
— On what impressed him in the Virginia game: “Just how well the defense played. They came out firing, which obviously fired up the offense. We went out and scored on the first drive.”
— On what was different last week: “That was our best week of preparation by far. Everyone was just so ready to go out and prove ourselves against an ACC opponent.”
— On what impressed him about QB Brett Rypien: “How calm he was. That was his first start ever and he was really calm back there.”
— On pass protection: “Obviously we need to protect Brett better. Four sacks is never good enough, and on top of that he got hit multiple times.”
— On why protection has been an issue: “Defenses are doing a better job disguising what they’re bringing.”
— On defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia’s touchdown: “That fires everyone up. That Fat Guy Touchdown is one of the best things in football.”
Mercy Maston, nickel
— On his pick six: “The series before I noticed they ran the same route. I tried to show that I was in man coverage and just jumped back into my zone.”
— Starter Chanceller James plays the first and third quarters. Maston plays the second quarter. The fourth quarter depends on the game. “Coach (Marcel) Yates said, ‘We have to name a starter,’ and he said, ‘We’re just going to split it down the middle.’ ”