BOISE, Idaho--Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin talked to the local media this afternoon about Boise State's 34-14 win over Wyoming, a key injury to Rees Odhiambo and Saturday's game with UNLV.
Harsin broke the news that Odhiambo, a star tackle for the Broncos, broke his ankle in the Wyoming game and will have surgery tomorrow. Harsin indicated that he hoped to get Odhiambo back for a bowl game, but said that depended on how quickly Odhiambo's ankle healed.
Harsin was pleased with the progress of the Bronco offense, noting "We were ahead of the chains a lot more because we didn't take negative plays and we didn't take sacks, which was a huge point of emphasis, and has been."
Concerning wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck's sensational catch near the east sideline, Harsin said that while Sperbeck always makes great catches in practice, "I've never seen anything like that." "I think he's just got unbelievable determination to stay with it," Harsin said. "He practices that way, so I think that when it comes to gametime, it's not like it's something that he can't accomplish or it's amazing to him. He came down with it; [he] gets up, runs back, and runs the next play."
Harsin also commented on the play of linebacker Joey Martarano, who filled in Saturday for another injured Bronco, Tanner Vallejo. Martarano had six tackles in the game. "Joey is long, athletic. I think his feel has gotten a lot better on what they're trying to do to him and his reactions."
Harsin continued, "That linebacker group? We've got very good players in there. Those guys...their preparation, their mentality--just the focus they have, it's a different deal. That's a special group."