#20 WR Mitch Burroughs
-Willing blocker, stays with Adams down the field.
-Executes toss back play with QB Southwick.
-Settles in to soft spot in zone, makes a hands catch and fights for the first down.
-Good positioning, seals linebacker on WR screen.
-Gets some separation on deep route, couldn’t haul in fingertip grab.
Overview: The first game without Kellen Clemens wasn’t a good one for Boise State, so this was a tough game to evaluate Burroughs on. He showed good effort in his blocking and did as much as he could with the targets that came his way.
#7 RB D.J. Harper
-6th year running back, also returning kicks.
-Spin move in the backfield, can’t get back to the line.
-Runs with good pad level, bowls over a defender on kick return.
-Can’t bring in the catch underneath, had LB draped on him.
-Falls forward, gets each yard that he can.
-Hangs on to the ball despite being crushed by linebacker.
-Great cut to the inside, set up the defensive end.
-Recognizes the blitz, nice cut block to take out the defender.
Overview: Harper had a solid night, probably getting more yards than his o-line blocked for. He also looked decent returning kicks and like Doug Martin last year, was very solid in pass protection.
#61 OG Joe Kellogg
-Lining up at left guard.
-DT slips his block, left reaching at air.
-Picks up linebacker blitz, takes initial hit, resets and anchors.
-Picks up end/tackle stunt easily, changes direction well.
-Crushed by linebacker on the pull, got a bit high.
Overview: Kellogg didn’t stand out either way against Michigan State. When he kept his pads down he was able to fight to at least a stalemate with the powerful Spartan line.
#99 DT Michael Atkinson
-Lining up as a 1-tech or 3-tech defensive tackle.
-Avoids cut block attempt.
-Sheds a double team, but can’t get a hand on the ball-carrier.
-Double-teamed, locates the ball and assists on the tackle.
-Pushed back on double team, but sheds the blocks and tackles Bell.
-Anchors against single block, spins off it and makes the tackle.
-Stopped cold on pass rush, drops back and disrupts the passing lane.
Overview: I liked what I saw from Atkinson, he handled double-teams and was able to disengage from blocks quickly. High effort and showed some football IQ dropping into passing lanes when he couldn’t get a rush going.
#5 CB Jamar Taylor
-Sets a nice edge in the run game, turns Bell inside.
-Press, allows clean inside release.
-Trailing in coverage, shows good hands and concentration picking up bobbled ball – decent return.
-Smooth backpedal, but doesn’t make a quick break on the deep out.
-Man off, tight coverage leads to throwaway.
-In-phase the whole way on “go” route, nearly makes a great pick.
-Breaks down in space, solid form tackle on Bell.
-All over the WR in man, boxing him out on the sideline.
-Bounces off of TE, broke on the ball but couldn’t wrap up.
-Tries to arm tackle Bell, can’t bring him down.
Overview: Taylor made some good plays in coverage, but was inconsistent in run support. I’ve heard that he is a low 4.4 guy, but he didn’t show that speed today, I was concerned with his recovery speed.