Preview 2019: Boise State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Boise State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Boise State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOISE STATE DEFENSE

The defense only allowed 366 yards and 22 points per game, but despite the fantastic season – giving up just 287 points in all – there’s going to be some tinkering under new defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding.

The D will be about speed and athleticism – as much as possible – but with seven starters and ten of the top 13 tacklers back, there’s not a whole lot of tweaking needing to be done.

If the linebackers are okay, but they have to be more disruptive. It’s a fine corps, though, despite the loss of Jabril Frazier and with second-leading tackler Tyson Maeva now a FIU Golden Panther.

Start with Curtis Weaver, who’ll work in a hybrid role of outside linebacker and defensive end – depending on the alignment – after leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss.

Riley Whimpey was growing into a star – finishing third on the team with 55 tackles – before suffering a knee injury late last year. He’s expected to be back, but the corps is more than fine with 233-pound sophomore Zeke Noa – a playmaker on the outside – taking over for Maeva in the middle if 231-pound junior Benton Wickersham doesn’t lock down a spot.

Durrant Miles is done at one end after doing a nice job of getting into the backfield on a regular basis, but the line is still solid. Getting back 305-pound tackle David Moa after his missed almost all of last year solidifies an already good tackle situation – 287-pound senior Sonatane Lui is a good one on the nose. There should be a good rotation at the other spots with seniors Matt Locher and Chase Hatada two versatile veterans.

– After struggling a bit too much at times and only coming up with six picks as a group, the secondary needs to start doing a whole lot more. Tyler Horton is done at one corner gig, but Avery Williams is a potential all-star talent on the other side after finishing fifth on the team with 49 tackles.

Kekoa Nawahine is back at safety after leading the team with 71 tackles, and Kekaula Kaniho can work at safety or nickel. Throw in the return of DeAndre Pierce – who missed the second half of last season after finishing fourth on the team in tackles in 2017 – and it’s a deep group.

NEXT: Top Players, Keys To the Season, What Will Happen

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