By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
DEAYON ON BIG RECEIVERS: ‘I’VE GOT TO MAKE THOSE PLAYS’
Boise State sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon allowed a 4-yard touchdown catch on a jump ball last week at BYU.
Deayon is 5-foot-9, 151 pounds.
He was beaten by Cody Hoffman, who is 6-4 and 210.
But Deayon says that shouldn’t matter.
“That’s something we’ve got to deal with,” Deayon said. “We’ve got to make those plays — no matter how big the receiver is, how tall, how strong, we’ve got to make those plays. That’s why we’re in those positions. That’s why we’re cornerbacks. That’s why we’re isolated in one-on-one situations. We’ve got to be able to cover that man and make sure he doesn’t catch the ball.
“It’s frustrating, but those are plays I have to make. There are no excuses. He wasn’t too big. He wasn’t too strong. I’ve got to make those plays.”
The Broncos’ other starting cornerback, Bryan Douglas, isn’t much bigger at 5-9, 178.
“All the corners we play against are the same size as our guys,” Boise State defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “Until you find me a 6-6 corner, which I don’t think has ever existed in college or the NFL, receivers are always going to be taller than DBs. That’s just the way it is. We’ve got to go up and make a play on the football.”
Douglas made back-to-back pass breakups at Utah State on fades to tall receivers. He was beaten at BYU on a deep ball to the goal line. It appeared Douglas misjudged the ball, but Lake said he lost the battle with the receiver.
“He really got outphysicaled, actually,” Lake said. “The receiver pushed him off and he got outphysicaled. There’s no excuse. We’ve got to be more physical than the receiver. He wanted the ball more than (Douglas) did at that point.”
— Lake said that junior college transfer Mercy Maston (5-11, 196) has separated himself as the No. 3 cornerback with his performance in the past month and could play even more than he has.
PRINCE: HEDRICK’S READS NEED TO IMPROVE
Here are some highlights from offensive coordinator Robert Prince this week:
— On QB Grant Hedrick: “He’s got to get better. He did some great things this last game. Just his reads, getting to them a little bit quicker is going to help him. That was Grant’s first start. I thought he did a tremendous job for his first start.”
— Prince said Hedrick could have run more. “There were some reads, zone reads, ones where he should have pulled and should have run. Or some that he should have thrown. Nothing substitutes for game reps.”
— On the offensive performance vs. BYU: “We did a good job of moving the ball. We did have some turnovers — that’s kind of an understatement. To have (499 yards) of offense against a very good defense, now we just have to finish those drives in the red zone.”
— On fumbles: “All those kids care and they’re trying to get extra yards. We’ve got to tell them, if they’re fighting for extra yards, that’s one thing, but if they’re fighting for extra inches … . Like in (wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes’) case, he was surrounded by four guys. He’s not going to make four guys miss. He’s got to be smart. We talk about really splitting defenders, getting in between and calling ‘no joy’ and getting down.”
NOTES & QUOTES
— Coaches and players say one way the Broncos can improve their tackling and their turnover production is by getting more players to the football. “It comes to the defense — how bad do we want to hunt?” Deayon said. “How bad do we want to get to the ball? We’ve all got to come together as a group and we’ve got to go out and hunt as a team, all 11, and not leave it on one guy.”
— Colorado State coach Jim McElwain on his rebuilding project with the Rams: “It has definitely tested my patience. However, there are two ways to go — you can take some shortcuts and eventually the foundation is going to crumble. Probably not as fast as I want it, but we’re seeing some great things. The tangible results aren’t really what I’d like.”
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Tuesday story: Fumbles causing problems for Broncos
Tuesday blog: Mountain West confirms Lukehart penalty
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Boise State at Colorado State
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hughes Stadium (32,500, FieldTurf), Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner); channel 221 on DirecTV, 158 on Dish, 332 and 410 (HD) on Cable One.
Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 5-3 overall, 3-1 Mountain West; Colorado State is 4-4, 2-1
Series: Boise State leads 2-0 (last meeting: BSU 42-14, 2012, in Boise)