By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team has lost true freshman tailback Aaron Baltazar and senior safety Ebo Makinde for the season, coach Chris Petersen said Monday.
Baltazar tore an anterior cruciate ligament and Makinde tore a pectoral muscle in the Broncos’ most recent game, Sept. 28 against Southern Miss, Petersen said.
The team returns to action Saturday at Utah State.
Baltazar is the team’s second-leading rusher with 50 carries for 234 yards and two touchdowns (4.7 yards per carry). He played in five games, so he is not eligible to redshirt.
Sophomore Jack Fields replaces Baltazar as the No. 2 tailback. He has 27 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown (3.4 yards per carry). Junior Derrick Thomas is listed as No. 3. He has seven carries for 10 yards.
“We’ve got some guys there, we do,” Petersen said. “we’ve been saying from day one you need more than one or two guys at that position.”
Makinde was a backup safety and key special-teamer. He made six tackles. His Boise State career is over.
“Ebo was one of our best (special-teamers), for sure,” Petersen said. “He’s been doing a really good job. Our team and our coaches know how important that guy was in the role he was in.”
Petersen doesn’t provide details on short-term injuries but said the team did get healthier during its bye.
“We got a lot of work done — recruiting, practice, a lot of training room,” he said. “… Every coach had a checklist of what they wanted to improve upon. We did it by offense, defense and special teams and then by position group.”
Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick was watching the Utah State game on TV on Friday when quarterback Chuckie Keeton tore an anterior cruciate ligament.
“I just felt really bad for Chuckie,” he said. “I got to meet him (at the Mountain West media days in Las Vegas). He was an outstanding guy.”