Boise State is best known for -- well, probably the blue field in it's home stadium – but after that, they're best known for their wide-open offense. Part of that is due to those memorable trick plays in the Fiesta Bowl last January.
Coach Chris Petersen says those kinds of plays only account for 1 percent of the BSU offense. But UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer (pictured) says that on almost every play the Broncos present some kind of new challenge for a defense.
For comparison, he said that typical offenses might show about 10 different first-down formations. Over a three-game sampling of Boise, Baer identified 35.
We'll take a closer look at all that in the Thursday paper, but for now, here are a few comments from out afternoon briefing from Baer.
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They play as well as an entire team probalby as anybody we've faced. It was early in the season, but they beat a really good Oregon State team. They beat a heck of a Hawaii team. They beat a good Fresno team, and then you see what they did against Oklahoma. Those are the games you look at and just say, 'Wow.'"
ON WORRYING ABOUT THOSE TRICK PLAYS
I don't think you worry about it. If you worry about it you play slow, and you have to be aggressive. It's just something you have to talk about it. We've talked about it since last spring. Not necessarily Boise State, but being fundamentally sound.
ON A MUCH TOUGHER TEST FOR HIS YOUNG SECONDARY
There's a little concern. I was pleased with the way those kids played last week. … But it's going to be different coming into this. None of them have played before 72,000 people before or against this. You just don't see that in high school. We showed them a lot of things yesterday in practice. I think they'll be fine.
A couple of other notes from the afternoon:
Fewer than 2,000 tickets remain for Saturday.
Tyrone Willingham said there has been no change in the status of cornerback Jordan Murchison as a result of his Tuesday guilty plea to an assault change. Sentencing and at least one more court case remain, and Willingham has implied he will wait for legal resolution before making a final decision regarding Murchison, who is at least temporarily barred from all team activities.
Now that the season has begun, gold practice jerseys are given out as weeklong rewards for contributions in games, rather than daily rewards for practice. Wearing the gold jerseys this week are Jared Ballman, Greyson Gunheim, Jake Locker, Louis Rankin, Caesar Rayford, Jordan Reffett and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.