Boise State football hits featured in NCAA video on targeting; watch clips of first practice in pads

NCAA player safety video

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

I’m writing about the NCAA’s new targeting rules for Saturday’s newspaper. Doing research, I found the NCAA player safety video above.

Out of 14 plays featured in the video, three involve Boise State players — a good, a bad and an ugly.

The good: Former Boise State safety George Iloka is used as an example of a clean tackle on a defenseless receiver.

The bad: Current safety Darian Thompson would have been ejected under the new rule for a hit in last year’s game against Washington. Thompson also was featured on the video shown at Mountain West media days for an illegal hit against BYU.

The ugly: The hit that ended former Boise State tailback Matt Kaiserman’s career is shown as an example of a new emphasis. Players who are hit with blindside blocks are now considered defenseless. That means any blindside block with contact above the shoulders or where a player leads with the crown of the helmet will result in an ejection.

Thompson said this week he’s aware of how the rule could affect him.

“I understand exactly what they’re saying — they make it very clear,” Thompson said. “It’s not that hard to comprehend, so I’ll be ready. You’ve just got to be more careful. You can’t take the big hit that you always dreamed about when you were little. You’ve got to really think about what you’re doing and take the time to perfect it in practice so when it comes game time you don’t have to think about not targeting — it just happens automatically.”


Friday was the first day in full pads and the first day with a full-squad practice. Some highlights:

— Junior wide receiver Dallas Burroughs, featured in a couple of practice videos below, made about a 60-yard touchdown catch in the first-team offense’s game-like drive. Quarterback Joe Southwick moved in the pocket to buy some time and Burroughs slipped away from the secondary.

— The second-teamers drove inside the 5-yard line but were unable to get in the end zone, stopped on a sack by starting defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (the defense rotates personnel quite a bit).

— Junior cornerback Cleshawn Page stepped up later when coach Chris Petersen set up three third-and-6 plays — one each for the first-, second- and third-teamers. The first-team offense got a first down. The second-team offense didn’t. That left the third-teamers competing for the win — and Page came up with a pick six.

— Senior slot receiver Kirby Moore was coach Chris Petersen’s camper of the day. “Kirby is one of the rocks of our offense,” Petersen told “He is always out here competing, he is always going full speed and he is always giving good effort.”


I uploaded the Boise State football media guide to our website today. It’s available here.


Today’s newspaper stories — a feature on the sophomore class and camp notes.


Practice video clips:

RT Rees Odhiambo vs. DE Kharyee Marshall

RG Marcus Henry vs. DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe

WR Dallas Burroughs vs. CB Donte Deayon

WR Dallas Burroughs vs. S Darian Thompson

The Bronco drill — where a set of players at each blocking level go head-to-head while a running back carries the ball.

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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