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Veterans adjusting to coach Caldwell's temperament

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Aug 2, 2014

Boise State's new defensive line coach Steve Caldwell subscribes to a simple philosophy, but the way he's teaching it isn't what the Broncos are used to.

"He's always out there yelling at us," said nose tackle Tyler Horn with a smirk. "You just have to know it's his personality, and he's not trying to belittle you. He just wants the best for you."

Boise State's last d-line coach, Pete Kwiatkowski, was not a mellow guy, but Caldwell's temperament makes Chris Rock sound like the Dalai Lama.

"He may say something and you look to your left and right, like: 'What did he just say?' But it's coach Caldwell, and he has been doing this for 30 years, so he knows what he is doing," said defensive end Beau Martin.

Caldwell has spent the first two days of fall camp molding and shaping the front four with a very vocal coaching style. Boise State has more scholarships on its defensive line than at any other position, and Caldwell expects the group to produce accordingly. While freshmen and junior college transfers have had to adjust to the coach's ferocity, the Broncos' veterans say they can respect his approach.

"He does love us, and he wants the best out of us, and he's going to go about it his way. A guy like me appreciates that," acknowledges Martin.