Yates Notes Progress in Boise State Defense

The 2015 Boise State football team has 12 days of fall camp under their belts, and Bronco defensive coordinator took time out to assess his unit heading into the September 4 season opener against the University of Washington.

Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates is in his second year of building the Bronco defense into the vision he has for the unit--one that attacks, plugs holes, and plays good, solid football.

In an interview today with the local media, Yates stressed that, while his unit is "getting better", the Bronco defense still needs plenty of work to prepare for the 2015 season opener against Washington.  Yates said that in the battle for the nickel position, he was looking for a playmaker, someone that can cover pass routes, be able to blitz, and fill the gaps on runs.  He wants his defense to focus on stopping big plays by carrying out their assignments as outlined in his play-calling, in his words, to "be on the same page".

Yates praised the work of safety Chanceller James, whom Yates said "is one of the smartest football players I've ever been around", and is always either studying film or is in one of the coaches' offices talking about how he can get better.
Boise State opens the 2015 season at home against the Huskies September 4 in Albertsons Stadium.

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