Boise State football’s Marcus Henry returns home to make his first start


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By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

MARCUS HENRY GOES HOME FOR FIRST START

Boise State sophomore right guard Marcus Henry lived 7 minutes from Husky Stadium in Bellevue, Wash. He is expected to make his first college start Saturday in that stadium.

He was the coaches’ first choice to fill the opening at guard and he never lost his grip on the spot through spring ball and fall camp.

“It definitely meant a little bit more that we were going back to Washington to play our first game,” he said. “I worked my butt off and it’s paying off. … There’s a lot on me, but it’s nothing I’m not ready to pick up.”

Henry’s family has gathered about 20 tickets to the game. He also has a bunch of friends who go to school at Washington.

The Huskies offered Henry a scholarship out of Bellevue High, but not until after he committed to Boise State.

“It’s always been a West Coast guy’s dream (to play in the Pac-12), but as soon as I came to Boise State and visited, I knew this is where I wanted to be,” he said.

THE WAIT IS OVER FOR KHARYEE MARSHALL

Senior Kharyee Marshall is slated to make his first start Saturday at stud end. He has played in 26 games but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed three of four spring balls, including this past spring.

“It was hard, but at the same time you have to stay positive about those things because if that gets you down, you’re going to stay down,” he said. “So staying positive and being around my teammates helped me get through all this. And it was pretty hard, but I got through it.”

Marshall is the fastest defensive lineman on the team. The stud position is an end/linebacker hybrid — and a spot that tends to produce playmakers.

“We really hope with all the things he’s been through that he can have that senior year we’re hoping for,” coach Chris Petersen said.

Senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr., who has been blocking Marshall in practice for four-plus years, said Marshall should provide steady play at stud, where the only other options are a redshirt freshman and two true freshmen.

“He’s one of those guys who’s going to do his job every single snap,” Leno said. “He’s not that guy who’s going to be flashy and just dominate the whole game, but he’s going to do his job and he has glimpses of domination here and there.”

Marshall’s backups are redshirt freshman Sam McCaskill and true freshmen Kamalei Correa and Gabe Perez.

“We’re throwing a lot of things at them right now and they’re getting the hang of it,” Marshall said.

BRYAN DOUGLAS EAGER TO RETURN PUNTS

Junior cornerback Bryan Douglas’ repaired knee is feeling strong enough that he expects to share time with Shane Williams-Rhodes as the punt returner.

Douglas, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in late October at Wyoming, was limited early in fall camp but he’s ready to go now.

“It actually feels better than I thought it would,” he said of the knee. “… I’m pretty excited to get the ball back in my hands. I want the ball in my hands as much as possible.”

Douglas has four career starts at cornerback, which makes him the veteran in a young group. The Broncos expect to use four to six cornerbacks this week and only two of them have played for the team before.

“Coaches always say you practice how you play — and the way those guys practice, I have no worries,” Douglas said.

YOUTH, SPEED MARK THIS YEAR’S DEFENSE

Boise State returns four starters on defense. The Broncos expect to start three seniors, five juniors and three sophomores. The primary backups include one senior, three juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and three junior college transfers.

It’s a new look for a defense that ranks third in the nation in points allowed since Pete Kwiatkowski became the coordinator in 2010. The Broncos (15.74 points per game) trail only Alabama (10.9) and LSU (15.69).

Players seem confident that success will continue.

“We come with a lot of energy and we’re a really fast defense,” senior strong-side linebacker Jonathan Brown said. “We have a lot of fun. We play as a unit and everyone flies to the ball.”

Said Marshall: “We’re young, but we’ve got a lot of guys who are ready to go.”

Added Douglas: “I like this group just because of the way we work and the way we came together so fast. … I hang out with a lot of guys. Building that off-the-field relationship makes us play that much harder for each other on the field.”

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NOTES & QUOTES

— Brown, like Marshall, has dealt with some bad luck through his career. He started four games as a sophomore but should have his largest impact this year. “Being in good shape and being healthy is the best thing,” he said. “I’ve always been kind of banged up.”

— In case you missed it last night, Washington star tight Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended for the Boise State game, according to The Seattle Times. Seferian-Jenkins, a junior, is an NFL prospect and one of the Huskies’ best players. He pleaded guilty to DUI earlier this year. The tight end made six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in the MAACO Bowl against Boise State. He was one of two featured receivers last year — the other, wideout Kasen Williams, had 77 catches. Williams also is coming off of an alcohol-related infraction.

— Fresno State blew a lead, rallied, scored in overtime and hung on for a 52-51 win over Rutgers late Saturday night in Fresno. It was a big win for the Mountain West, which saw Utah State lose a nailbiter to Utah earlier in the night. The Bulldogs play Cal Poly at home Sept. 7 and at Colorado on Sept. 14 before Boise State visits Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 20. The Bulldogs should be 3-0 by then.

— Petersen on playing in a big game: “It’s really important to manage our energy. We will spend a lot of wasted energy on the hype of the game. The more we keep that under control, the better for all of us.”

— Henry on this year’s team: “I think we’re going to be a great team this year. There’s no doubt about that. We’ve all been working very hard and working to become a family and a unit together.”

— Boise State junior wide receiver Matt Miller on Washington’s defense: “They’re a Pac-12 defense. They’re very physical, a very stout-looking defense.”

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FRIDAY LINKS

Here is a blog post on Kellen Moore’s preseason performance.

Here is a story on Fresno State QB Derek Carr, whose newborn son faced medical challenges during fall camp.

Here is a story on Washington true freshman wide receiver John Ross, a kick-returning phenom.

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday story: Husky Stadium
Monday blog: New and notes from Petersen’s press conference
Tuesday story: Dan Goodale regains starting job
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Tuesday blog: Huskies adjust to up-tempo
Wednesday story: Washington tailback Bishop Sankey dominated in bowl game (sidebar: Scouting Washington)
Wednesday blog: Offensive coordinator Robert Prince gets more comfortable calling plays
Thursday story: Feature on sophomore safety Darian Thompson
Name the Score contest and Brian Murphy’s audio prediction
Read the story Thursday blog: Boise State expects to play four to six cornerbacks
Read the story Friday story: Rare rematch, Joe Southwick’s development and other notes
Live chat: Read the replay at the bottom of this file.

Game day: Keep the Idaho Statesman on your computer or mobile device, while watching the game. We will be hosting live coverage at IdahoStatesman.com. We’ll be taking your questions and comments, posting photos from Twitter and Instagram as well as our photo staff and providing analysis on the action on the field. Coverage begins an hour before the game.

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HUSKIES COVERAGE

— The Seattle Times coverage is here. Follow beat writer Adam Jude at @A_Jude.

— The Tacoma News Tribune coverage is here. Follow beat writer Todd Dybas at @Todd_Dybas.

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GAME NOTES

Boise State game notes

Boise State depth chart

Boise State 2012 stats

Washington game notes

Washington depth chart

Mountain West weekly release

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GAME FACTS

Boise State at Washington

When: 8:05 p.m. MDT Saturday

Where: Husky Stadium (70,138, FieldTurf), Seattle

TV: Fox Sports 1 (219 on DirecTV, 150 on Dish Network and 26/493HD on Cable One); Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Season opener; Boise State was 11-2 last year, Washington was 7-6

Rankings: Boise State is No. 19 in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls; Washington is receiving votes in both

Series: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: Boise State 28-26, 2012 MAACO Bowl)

Fan colors: Boise States asks fans to wear orange

In Seattle, the Huskies radio broadcast will air on KJR (950 AM).

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CB Bryan Douglas (there’s a funny moment at the end of the video)


Kharyee Marshall


Matt Miller


Chris Petersen addresses the media


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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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