UW-Boise State football Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Chadd Cripe, who covers Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman, about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

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Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

Has this Boise State team lived up to expectations this season with a new coach in Bryan Harsin, and what are the biggest changes in the program and around the team compared with former coach Chris Petersen?

Chadd Cripe

Chadd Cripe

I’d say they’re about where people expected. The loss to Ole Miss was no surprise. The loss to Air Force was, but you have to expect a bump somewhere with a new staff. Otherwise, they’ve maybe been more inconsistent than expected but they’ve still put themselves in position to win the league. The changes are mostly cosmetic — Harsin and his staff are more promotion-oriented, using tools like Twitter and behind-the-scenes videos. In terms of the actual on-the-field product, it’s very similar, except this offense looks more like the old Boise State offense than the one Petersen installed last year.

 

Senior Grant Hedrick struggled and was benched in a loss at Air Force earlier this season, but since then has been the most accurate quarterback in the Mountain West. What changed with him, if anything, that has enabled him to be so effective?

Hedrick told me last week that he became more assertive, which helped fuel his hot streak. That said, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has said the last two weeks weren’t his best in terms of the reads he’s been making. So there’s still some inconsistency there. Hedrick has a lot of talent — his issues have been turnovers and inconsistency in his career.

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More college football coach rankings

Yesterday I posted how The Sporting News ranked the Mountain West’s football coaches.

Here’s the link to how it ranked all 124 FBS coaches entering this season.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-05-09/college-football-coach-rankings-nick-saban-chris-petersen-urban-meyer-les-miles

Wyoming’s Dave Christensen was about in the middle at No. 58.

Let me know what you think about this or any of the rankings. Pretty high praise for Boise State’s Chris Petersen.

Christensen signs historic contract

Dave Christensen is the answer of a trivia question?

Who was the first University of Wyoming coach to make more than $1 million a year?

Another one might be who was the first State of Wyoming employee to make more than $1 million? If there are any state employees out there who do, let me know (and are you hiring, LOL).

Christetnsen’s contract was signed and announced Thursday. He will make $1.2 million per year guaranteed, with more than $1 million coming from UW’s athletics department from numerous sources such as ticket sales, bowl money, conference money, television money, etc. However, the key word here is “guaranteed.”

The base pay is $190,008.

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UW football captains named on a weekly basis

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said during Tuesday’s Mountain West Conference spring football teleconference that team captains this season will be named on a weekly basis. In Christensen’s first two seasons, captains were named before fall camp.

Christensen said he liked the leadership he saw during spring drills, and thinks there are more leaders on this team than on his previous two.

Christensen said there are no plans as of now to move players to different positions heading into fall camp, and when asked if the starting quarterback job was any where close to being resloved, he said: “not even close.”

Here are some other quotes from other MWC coaches from the teleconference:

“We’ve got a quarterback, but we have a lot of holes, too.” — San Diego State coach Rocky Long, speaking mostly about holes at the wide receiver spot.

“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf, I think it’s unfair.” — Long on Boise State’s blue artificial turf.

“The only thing I can say is we’re on it every day and see it all the time. We don’t think it’s any different than when we go to a green field. Maybe that’s because we see it every day. When we go into our indoor facilty and the field is green we don’t think it’s any different.” — Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

“I feel this team is built to go to a bowl game.” — New Mexico coach Mike Locksley, who is 2-22 in his first two seasons but returns six starters on offense and nine on defense.

“He has as strong or a stronger arm, and he runs faster.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall, the likely candidate to start for departed senior Andy Dalton.

“You look back at teams that made a move to a new conference and that first year no matter who good a team is supposed to be doesn’t do that great. The only time we didn’t win the WAC was our first year there.” — Petersen.

Note: In TCU’s first year in the MWC in 2005 it won the regular-season title with an 8-0 conference record and 11-1 overall record. It finished ninth and 11th in both polls.