Three years ago, the Boise State football team was preparing to face Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game. They’d played once before that season, and Andy Avalos, then the Broncos’ linebackers coach, recalled that the defense’s game plan did not change much between meetings. Boise had won by double digits seven weeks earlier.
In practice, the scout team offense called for a number of counter runs, as the Broncos expected the Bulldogs would in their rematch. That meant sophomore Kamalei Correa, a rising star at Boise’s stand-up defensive end position, often faced pulling guards at the line of scrimmage. It was not supposed to be easy.
At one point,...
Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball Monday night against the Denver Broncos.