Special thanks to Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman on this week’s player quotes swap.
WR Shane Williams-Rhodes
On what the Ole Miss defense does: “Cause chaos. They have a lot of guys who run to the ball — big, aggressive guys.”
On the significance of this game: “It’s setting the tone for the new era, for us, for these coaches, for all the recruits that are coming in. This game plays a role in everything from recruiting to current players now and even to past players.”
LB Ben Weaver
On game prep: “It’s really what makes the game so much fun is all that studying you get to do about our opponent.”
On the opener: “This kind of sets the standard for the whole season. If you look at last year, obviously we lost to Washington and then didn’t have a very good season. If you’re able to go out and win the very first game, especially a big one like this against a big-time opponent, then you definitely get the confidence as a team and you’re able to keep going off of that, keep the ball rolling.”
More about the opener: “Everyone is kind of looking at Boise State right now like, ‘Are they the team they were or who are they now?’ So if we can come out and beat a team like Ole Miss like we have previous times (in openers) I think it could be really good for this program.”
DB Corey Bell
On the opener: “Everyone is kind of looking at Boise State right now like, ‘Are they the team they were or who are they now?’ So if we can come out and beat a team like Ole Miss like we have previous times (in openers) I think it could be really good for this program.”
On the Ole Miss offense: “The thing everybody sees is how big their offensive line is. I think they’re averaging 320 pounds on their offensive line. And then you look at they’ve got the experienced quarterback, some experienced receivers. No. 1 (Laquon Treadwell) coming back, who had a great year last year as a freshman, is probably going to come back looking to have an explosive year this year. We’ve definitely got a big challenge ahead of us.”
On Bo Wallace: “He just has a really powerful arm and he’s an intelligent guy. You can tell he’s just making his reads and hitting the second or third receiver sometimes and not one of those guys who just comes off the ball, looks at one guy and throws it. He’s definitely going to be a challenge and somebody we’re looking forward to playing.
“Before watching film this summer, I didn’t really know he had (running) as an aspect of his game. In watching, I’ve realized — other than just scrambling — they have built-in quarterback runs. I didn’t realize how much that was a part of their offense and I think it’s a key part of their offense. They keep you on your toes because they’ll stretch you out with the running back and then they’ll pound it in there with him. He’s kind of like a quarterback who can play like a tailback/fullback type of position. He’s a pretty big guy and somebody who is powerful.”