Deayon promises improvement on defense; Broncos' receivers "need to step up"

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Deayon promises improvement on defense; Broncos' receivers "need to step up"

CREATED Sep. 3, 2013

Boise State linebacker Blake Renaud spent Monday morning lamenting his defense's inability to wrap up and make tackles. He and the Broncos will have to get that straightened out by Saturday, when BSU hosts another spread offense from the University of Tennessee-Martin. 

Sophomore corner Donte Deayon guarantees a better performance this week. "We've got a big chip on our shoulder now," he said Tuesday. "We should've started off with it... Some guys did, but we'll definitely be ready to come out this week."

On the other side of the ball, the Broncos will have to find some punch to their passing game. Quarterback Joe Southwick averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt against the Huskies, finishing with 152 yards on 25 completions.

Coach Chris Petersen said Southwick took what was given to him, but mentioned he had seen Joe play better.  The receiving corps, on the other hand, has work to do.

"I've been saying all along, that group needs to step up," explained Petersen. "Everybody wants to anoint them because they're all seniors. This is a veteran group that needs to take that next step against some pretty good secondary guys and make some plays on 50-50 balls or when we're trying to take the ball down field, and that just didn't happen."

Boise State's leading receiver in week one didn't think his unit made any mistakes that can't be corrected.  "In my eyes, it was all fixable, it was nothing major," said Geraldo Boldewijn. "It's just the little stuff that counts."