Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin and Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey held a joint press conference Tuesday at the Poinsettia Bowl. Here are some highlights:
— The Broncos planned to visit Qualcomm Stadium on Tuesday to get a visual but weren’t going to be able to get on the field.
— The preparation has felt “really normal.” “The guys have been really focused in meetings, enjoying the festivities they have for us, refocusing back at practice. We’ve gotten the work that we wanted to get done done because of that.”
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— Harsin found out that former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore played against the Jets at the end of the Broncos’ practice Saturday evening. He was given Moore’s first-half stats and informed the team at the start of his post-practice comments. “Everybody was all excited for him,” Harsin said. “He’s a Bronco. It’s awesome to see him have an opportunity to go play. ... It’s all about opportunity and I think for him I know he’s been waiting for it, I know this is something he’s going to take advantage of and hopefully it shows up when he goes out there to play. ... I fully anticipate him doing a great job when he plays.”
— On coming off a loss: “Our guys have done a good job of understanding what took place in the MAC championship game and what our shortcomings were. That probably took longer than 24 hours. Certainly as soon as we turned on the film of Boise, we all got past it really, really quick.”
— On redshirt freshman QB Ryan Graham coming off a leg injury: “It’s been good to get him back on the field. (True freshman walk-on) Tommy (Fiedler) played his guts out in the championship game and is going to be a fine player for us but certainly it’s been good to have Ryan back out there. You also have to understand Ryan is in the midst of his development as well. He’s had three starts and been healthy through two of them. We’re seeing growth a lot in practice. That’s what you like to see. The learning curve is steep for him. His timing has gotten back to him. There will be an adjustment in the game, game speed, because he didn’t play in the MAC championship game.”
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Boise State injured left tackle Rees Odhiambo filed some more photos from the Broncos’ luncheon on the USS Midway on Tuesday: