Lawrence named MW player of the week, Miller shines against Air Force
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By all accounts, Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is a special player. When he's on the field, opposing offenses take notice. When he's off the field... It's probably because he was suspended.
The oft-troubled pass-rusher was in the lineup against Air Force and had one of his best games as a Bronco. Lawrence tied his career-high with nine tackles, including two for a loss. As a result, Demarcus was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week.
"He had a couple key plays, there's no question about it," said Boise State head coach Chris Petersen. "Sometimes a style like (Air Force's offense) can kind of negate you a little bit, just by optioning that guy or running away, those types of things. So it was good to see him be able to show up in that style of offense."
Quarterback Joe Southwick was 27-29 with two touchdowns against the Falcons, but was beaten out by UNLV QB Caleb Herring for offensive player of the week. Herring was 24-28 with 3 TD's in the Rebels' win over Central Michigan.
Broncos wide receiver Matt Miller also could have made a case for player of the week honors. Miller hauled in 10 catches against Air Force, cracking double digit receptions for the first time in his collegiate career. Matt's 112 receiving yards were the second-most he's had in his time at Boise State. The junior play-maker is now seventh on Boise State's all-time reception list with 149, but the perpetually non-plussed miller was his usual self when asked about his big night.
"I felt like I was getting a lot of balls, but I didn't realize it was ten until way after the game," acknowledged Miller. "I like to win. If we win the game, I'm as happy as I can be."
Petersen praised Miller's attitude, as well as his production. "He's really smart. He's calm always. He's a clutch player, and he's tough as nails."