BOISE, Idaho--With Boise State's non-conference football schedule complete, the Broncos open play in the Mountain West Conference this Saturday when they host Hawai'i. Bronco cornerback Jonathan Moxey is looking forward to the challenge.
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Moxey and the Bronco defense are well aware of the abilities of quarterback Max Wittek, a transfer from USC. Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said about Wittek, "He can throw it. Their receivers are well-coached; I think the scheme is good." "But to me," Yates continued, the quarterback is the key--he can throw the ball down the field." Bronco head coach Bryan Harsin added, "They like to throw it vertically. Max Wittek...does a very nice job and is capable of running that offense very effectively and making a lot of big throws down the field.
Asked about facing a quarterback who spreads the field and challenges the opposing cornerbacks with long throws, Moxey said, "That's why we play the game; we love competition."
Like his teammates in the Bronco secondary, Moxey is pushing himself to be better. "I'm working with coach Brown every day. He just helps critique me and help me get better every single day, and I'm still progressing and still trying to get better."
Moxey said he has learned a lot from teammates Donte Deayon and Darian Thompson, who each have 16 career interceptions. Moxey said those two prepare hard, watch film, and know where to be at the right time. "They both have good ball skills," Moxey said about Deayon and Thompson. "They just watch film They know where to be and know the other team's tendencies".
Moxey had a key penalty in the BYU game when he complained to the official for not calling offensive pass interference in the end zone. Recalling that, Moxey said, "You just got to learn from your mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes. That's not who I am as a person. I just have to bounce back and just keep working hard and prove to my teammates that I'm not going to put them in that situation again." Jonathan said it was a key moment in his development: "It was humbling for me, reality shot. It just told me that I have to step up for my team and be more mature." "We can't control the calls," he continued, "so we just have to out there and play how the coaches taught us to play and just play hard and just compete."
Moxey and the Broncos are off to a 3-1 start this season, and Jonathan recorded his first interception this season against Idaho State. Moxey said that Yates has been telling them that "We just have to keep battling adversity and keep getting ready for (each) game."
The Broncos are primed for the battle this Saturday. When asked why the game is important, Moxey said "It's the first week. This is championship week. We have to be ready for it."
Boise State and Hawai'i meet Saturday night at 8:15 in Albertsons Stadium.