Taylor talks about Wyoming QB, Horn makes more of opportunity against UNLV
When Boise State travels to play Wyoming on Saturday they will face one the more dynamic quarterbacks they have seen this season.
Sophomore Brett Smith is a two-way threat that has accounted for 1,335 yards passing this season and another 169 on ground.
Boise State senior cornerback Jamar Taylor says Smith is a true competitor that can extend plays due to his mobility.
“He’ll scramble around and break tackles,” Taylor said on Tuesday. “If his receivers get open, he’s throwing the ball.”
“We just have to cover longer. When he is scrambling, we just have to trust that our d-line and our linebackers are going to get there and we just have to stay in coverage. The minute we come up, he’s just going to throw it over our heads.”
Against UNLV this past Saturday, Boise State limited the Rebels passing attack to just 71 yards. It marked the third time the season the Bronco defense has held an opponent under 100 yards through the air, as their 95.6 defense pass efficiency ranks 8th in the NCAA.
When Wyoming came to Broncos Stadium last season, Smith passed for just 78 yards, completing 17 of 25 attempts.
Taylor himself is enjoying a nice season too. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions and ranks second on the Broncos with 39 tackles.
“I like anytime I can come down and make tackles” Taylor said. “Any type of play that calls by name, I like it.”
Against UNLV last Saturday, that is something Boise State did repeatedly. Taylor picked up a career-high nine tackles and was also effective blitzing, picking up his second sack of the season.
“You only get so many opportunities, so when your name is called, you just have to be ready,” Taylor said.
“Its definitely excited to me. You kind of come around the corner and you see (the quarterback) and you’re like ‘oh yeah, hold on.’ “When they get the ball out, you’re like ‘dang, maybe next time.’”
Taylor has already picked up a career-high 2.0 sacks and three forced fumbles on the season.
With the suspension of sophomore Demarcus Lawrence prior to the UNLV game, sophomore Tyler Horn logged his first career start at defensive end against the Rebels.
“I got the opportunity to start and play a little more,” Horn said on Tuesday. “I just kind of had to carry the flag like they talk about everyday.”
Horn mentioned that he found out he would likely be starting last Tuesday, but added it did not really effect how he prepares.
“I was excited for that game as far as the uniforms and the sold out crowd, so that helped me get fired up for the game,” Horn said. “As far as playing, I probably play almost the same amount as when I don’t start.”
Horn - who usually rotates in with the second wave of defensive lineman - said playing next to some of the regular starters helped ease his transition.
“It was nice playing next to Mike (Atkinson). He takes up so much attention - it was kind of nice getting those one-on-one blocks.”
Horn finished the game with a tackle, a pass breakup and his second sack of the season, which marks a new career high.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)