Broncos talk preseason picks, tough road schedule
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Five Broncos earned first-team all-Mountain West nods at the end of last season, but only two are back with the squad this year- center Matt Paradis and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Both were named to the Mountain West preseason all-conference team, as was left tackle Charles Leno.
Coach Petersen said all three are great players, but he isn’t about to pat them on the back.
"That’s really saying what they’ve done in the past. The stage is set for all those guys those guys to have good seasons, but they’ve got to go out and earn it," said Petersen. "Everybody has to take the next step. The bulls-eye is going to be a little bit bigger on their chest."
"I feel like it’s just something to recognize and embrace for the time being, but just keep it in the back of your mind because it’s really nothing to the football team," said Leno.
Boise State’s three selections were the third-most in the conference, trailing five players from Utah State and a whopping seven from Fresno State, including quarterback Derek Carr, who was named preseason offensive player of the year.
"Winning the Mountain West player of the year trophy at the end of they year feels a lot better than the beginning of the year," laughed Carr. The Bulldogs' gunslinger threw for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns last season, leading the twelfth-best passing attack in the country. He’s primed for another huge year, and hasn’t forgotten Fresno’s loss to Boise State in 2012.
"I won’t even let my wife beat me at anything. I hate losing. When we lost that game, it was hard, but when they came back to the conference, I was happy. I saw the schedule and I said ‘Hey, I get another shot at them.’"
An early date in Fresno isn’t the only tough road game on the Broncos schedule. Boise State has to play Washington, Utah State, BYU, and San Diego State away from home. Coach Pete declared it the hardest road schedule he’s ever had.
“I’ll take it a step further and say this is the toughest schedule we’ve ever had,” detailed Southwick. “I don’t see why it’s not the hardest. I’ve heard some people say we have an easy schedule this year and I’m baffled by that.”
“I feel like this is the most competitive the Mountain West has ever been,” added Leno.
“We’re excited about this challenge,” explained Petersen. “But we have a lot of work (to do), and it’s going to be as challenging as anything that I’ve been a part of at Boise State.