Hugh Freeze’s first regular season presser starts at 12:30. We’ll have updates on Twitter and here afterward. In the meantime, Seven questions with Bob Behler, the radio voice of Boise State. …
1. When Chris Petersen took the Washington job did Boise target Bryan Harsin from the beginning or were there others who were strong candidates for the Broncos?
There were several names that surfaced as the Bronco job is a great job in college football. Names I heard were former head coach Dirk Koetter, who is now the O.C. with the Falcons, along with former defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, who was at Washington with Sarkisian and now is at USC, and there were reports that Oregon asst Scott Frost interviewed too.
2. There’s a lot of new but a whole lot of Boise ties with this staff. What’s different in the transition from last year’s staff?
This staff has come in with a whole lot of energy and enthusiasm. It was really noticeable how they hit the recruiting trail immediately and were able to get a lot of good recruits in a very short time. They also have done a lot of things to energize the fan base. I was not here for Coach Petersen’s first two years, but many people say this staff reminds them of Coach Pete’s first staff when Harsin was the OC and Wilcox the DC and whole bunch of young guys outworking everyone. I’ve been very impressed with all of them.
3. How different is the Boise brand name now than it was 10 years ago?
Very different nationally. It has always been popular locally and when you look at the history of the program it has won at every level. A national JC title, a small college title and now has competed at the highest level of division I. But most people really don’t have any recollection of the Broncos other than they have the blue turf prior to the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma. When I travel and have BSU gear on, you always get some sort of comment from people.
Speaking of being successful…here’s a piece of trivia for you….only 1 head coach has left Boise with a losing career record. Houston Nutt. He stayed only one year and was 5-6. Bet if he stayed longer he wouldn’t have been on that list.
4. What would you say have been the top three goals of August camp, and have those goals been met?
Not sure what goals they had but these three would have been mine.
One would have been stay healthy and improve and I think that was accomplished.
As far as things on the field I would say develop both lines which were hit hard by graduation and DE DeMarcus Lawrence declaring for the draft. That one I would say we will find out on August 28…and finding a backup running back for Jay Ajayi. When you have someone really good at that position – the drop off is noticeable.
5. Looks like teams were able to move the ball and score on Boise last year. Do you expect the defense to be better and if so, how?
Yes I do expect it to be better. There is a lot more depth this year as a lot of guys got experience last year. I think if enough guys can improve in the DL, the defense should be a lot better.
6. How involved with Harsin be with the offense?
Mike Sanford is the offensive coordinator but Harsin is an offensive guy and will be very involved. I am sure they will collaborate really well. Both guys have a lot of great ideas and have been at big time places. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
7. How does Grant Hedrick fit what Harsin and Mike Sanford want to do on offense, and how important is it to have a returning senior quarterback during a time of transition?
Boise State’s team in ’14 got a huge break when Hedrick got to play the last half of the season in ’13. He has to be better for it. He is a very good athlete and knows the offense having been here five years. I’d really like to see him use his legs more and give the Broncos another dimension to the offense. Several quarterbacks have waited there turn here and have had really good senior years. I am looking for a much improved Hedrick.