#18 ranked Boise State Broncos
welcome the Wolf Pack from Nevada to the Blue this
Saturday. The Pack bring one of the WAC's best running
attacks, coupled with one of the premier defenses in the WAC.
Each Wolf Pack unit is led by 2 of the best
individual players in the WAC, Chance Kretschmer, a 6'1 230lb
RB, and Jorge Cordova, a 6'2 255lb DE.
Both players have the potential to impact the outcome of
a game.. but the Broncos will counter with 2 squads who
execute to perfection. In the end, the Broncos will win,
but make no mistake, this Wolf Pack squad is not the patsy
they've been in recent years.
Boise State (Broncos)
||10-1 (6-0 WAC)
||6-5 (4-3 WAC)
Coach Bleu's 5 Keys to a Bronco Win:
- Take a Chance..
-- Nevada's RB, Chance Kretschmer, has been a
large reason for their success this season. The
Broncos have faced Chance on the Blue once already in his
career, as a Freshman back in 2001. Chance came in
leading the NCAA in rushing. He left with 81 yards
on 26 rushes, his worst effort of the season. The
Broncos will need a similar performance against the Wolf Pack this
Saturday if they want to take this Chance.. out of the
- 'By George'
-- The Broncos will need to find a way to get the
ball by Jorge (pronounced George) this weekend.
Jorge Cordova single handedly destroyed Washington earlier
this season, going for an astounding 16 tackles and 4.5
sacks in that game alone. He was the Pre-Season WAC
Defensive Player of the Year, and has done nothing to lose
that standing as he leads the WAC with 11.5 sacks.
Jorge Cordova is a great player, but the entire Wolf Puppy
defense is also good. The Broncos need to slow down
their QB rush if they want to shine on Saturday. The
OLine has really gelled from their play earlier this year
and have given up only a couple sacks over the past few
games. The Broncos must account for Cordova each play, or else he
could end up having another monster day.
-- The motto of the Broncos this season is
to Prove that last year wasn't a fluke. They can do
that this weekend with a win over the Wolf Pack. Win
and they've won the WAC 2 years in a row and could move
into the top 15 once again.
Air it out
-- RD and the receiving corps have been clicking big
time this year. They will need to do more of the
same this weekend if they want to keep the hounds at
bay. Jerry Smith is still nursing an injured knee,
but Lawrence Bady, TJ Acree, and of course Tim Gilligan
have shown that they can hold down the fort. RD
should be able to move the ball on the Pack defense.
-- Quick... name Nevada's QB.
Couldn't do it could you. Well there's a good reason
for that. Andy Heiser isn't exactly a known name
unless you're from Reno.. or Seattle. Heiser is
exactly the kind of QB you want with a RB like
Kretschmer... he is good enough to make the defense
honest, and he won't often lose the game for you. He
averages just uner 200 yards passing per game.. in
comparison to RD's 302 yards that's pretty average, but he
isn't supposed to do much more than hand off the ball in
the Nevada offense. When Heiser does throw, he
spreads the ball around pretty evenly, he has 13 TD's with
9 INT's. He has no apparrent favorite receiver, with
the leaders bunched around 30 receptions on the
year. When Nevada upset UW earlier this season,
Heiser was on target, (and good thing he was since Chance
only got 4 carries after an injury), and he shredded UW's
defense. On the season his QB rating is a
|Coach Bleu's Player Picks:
* watch for these players on Saturday
* Ryan Dinwiddie
(How do you pick against RD with the season he's had?
The only surprise is that some folks outside the WAC are just
now starting to take notice of this phenom!!)
* Korey Hall & Andy Avalos (The Bronco
Bash Brothers... these heavy hitters will get lots of chances
to impress the Bronco crowd with big hits on Chance.
It's smashmouth football at its greatest!!)
* Lawrence Bady
(The injury to Jerry Smith has brought TJ Acree and Bady
more into the spotlight, and with the usually sure-handed
Acree dropping a couple passes the past couple weeks, Bady
could see the field even more against the Pack.)
* Tim Gilligan
(Has the receiving record in only 11 games, now he can get
back to focusing on Punt Returns.. watch for a PR-TD this
weekend as he faces the In-State team that didn't think he was
worth recruiting... BIG MISTAKE!!!)
* Donny Heck (With David Mikell seeing double after a
concussion, and a Fresno defense that had stuffed the run most
of the game, Donny came in and was effective
immediately. DMike should get the start against the Wolf
Pack, but if he isn't immediately effective, look for Donny to
get a chance to prove Fresno's success wasn't a fluke.)
* Chris Carr (Carr was explosive in the
preseason practices, and has had flashes of brilliance, but
his year hasn't been the dominant breakout season folks
expected from Carr. That changes this weekend as Carr
faces the Nevada team he grew up in the shadow of.
Unlike Gilligan, he chose the Broncos instead of the Wolf Pack
after heavy recruitment by both... look for Chris to remind
the Wolf Pack why they wanted him so badly... a KR of 60+
yards wouldn't be out of line for this former Nevada Offensive
Player of the Year either.)
Thanks go out to Miss Cleo for her help in contacting the Coach!