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BOISE STATE FOOTBALL Boldewijn in, Linehan out for Broncos

Receiver coming off four-game suspension will travel to Southern Miss; tight end injured

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 2:03 am, Tue Oct 2, 2012.

BOISE — Boise State’s offense is getting a pass-catching target back in the fold as it loses another.

Junior receiver Geraldo Boldewijn is set to travel with the Broncos to Hattiesburg, Miss., for Saturday’s game against Southern Miss after serving a four-game suspension to start the season.

Boise State won’t be at full strength in the receiving department, however, as junior tight end Gabe Linehan is likely out for at least a month with a lingering hamstring injury.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be a month or longer, but he’s got some hamstring issues … he’ll be out for a while,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.

Linehan played in all four games this season, but often played a small role with his health a concern. He had one catch for 23 yards in the season opener at Michigan State. He had 23 catches for 252 yards and five touchdowns last season.

At tight end, redshirt freshman Holden Huff has five catches for 76 yards and true freshman Hayden Plinke has one catch for 14 yards.

“That’s a bummer (Linehan) isn’t with us,” Petersen said. “… The good thing is, they’ll get more practice reps now that we know.”

As Linehan steps to the sideline for the near future, another veteran in Boldewijn will be an option for quarterback Joe Southwick.

Boldewijn was suspended the first four games of last season, but had two touchdowns in his return to the field last Oct. 7. His role remains to be seen, Petersen said, but did praise the 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout.

“He’ll be in there … another good guy to have in the mix,” Petersen said. “He’s been great on scout team. He’s done a really, really nice job.”

Boldewijn was fourth on the team in 2011 with 266 yards receiving on 19 catches.

More Ajayi on the horizon

In Boise State’s 32-29 win over New Mexico, redshirt freshman running back Jay Ajayi became the first freshman to pick up more than 100 yards on the ground for the Broncos since Matt Kaiserman in 2009.

The 6-foot, 222-pounder had 118 yards on six carries, all in the second quarter. He was not used in the second half with the Lobos storming back, so the Broncos relied on sixth-year senior D.J. Harper.

“(Ajayi) did some really good things, a guy that does those types of things, he’ll earn more reps and more carries,” Petersen said. “… We need someone more than just D.J.”

Coverage gets Pete’s praise

New Mexico had come into Saturday’s game in the top 20 nationally in kickoff returns, with sophomore Chase Clayton ranked No. 1 with 43.3 yards per return.

Boise State held the Lobos to just 48 yards on three returns, while had two returns for 30 yards before being knocked out of the game.

“Our kickoff team played as well as we’ve seen it play around here in a lot of years,” Petersen said.

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1 comment:

  • running game posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    running game Posts: 1

    Why not alter the offence just a little bit part of the time to make better use of personnel. I hope Chris Peterson, the best coach in football, will be apprized of this/ these ideas.
    I'm a BSU fan (# 1). I still like Nevada but they are not my favorite any longer & haven't been for a while; Boise State is my favorite. The reason I bring this up is: I'm the one that gave Chris Ault the detailed idea(s) about the pistol. However, I thought it could be more like the old Georgia Southern offence except that the QB would be in the pistol position. That way, there could be approximately 50-50 running-passing or whatever ration is needed for the best results against each opponent. With this offence, both DJ Harper & Jay Ajayi can be in at the same time. They can switch positions somewhat interchangeably but ideally it seems that DJ Harper could be lined up in a slot position with the 222 lb. Ajayi (who averaged almost 20 yards per carry against New Mex.) in the tail back postion behind the QB. There could also be another running back that can catch & run on the other side or sometimes on the same side as DJ Harper. DJ Harper will often have the opportunity to run the ball starting in broken field. (DJ Harper is also excellent in the backfield but he needs good blocking.) DJ Harper would be a combination RB-WR who should get lots of chances running the ball as well as catching the ball on screens (& running), down field (& running), etc. The 222 lb. Ajayi could be the first OPTION on runs in a triple option. DJ Harper or the RB-WR from the other side could be the next option along with Joe Southwick who could keep & cut up field or wherever he has good running room. There could be an equal amount of passing as running (or however desired) from this offence. There would be many big plays. Please see if Chris Peterson might want to consider this. U can still use tight ends as well. It is better than the regular run & shoot. Its just that the slots would be RB's as well as WR's & the defence would be kept off balance & on their heels & with a quick tempo at times, the defence would be on their heels even more & watching RB's & WR's go by for big yardage & touchdowns.


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