As if it didn’t hurt bad enough not to have Jamal Robinson playing Saturday night, the Louisiana-Lafayette defense will have the task of trying to defend a player with a similar skill set.
Matt Miller is the Broncos’ big-play wideout and has been for the last couple years. The 6-foot-3 senior is coming off an impressive junior campaign where he caught 88 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns and has averaged better than 100 yards per game receiving this year and has three touchdowns to his credit.
“He can hurt you,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said.
Hudspeth appreciates the way the Broncos make an effort to give Miller a chance to make explosive plays.
Like Robinson, Miller isn’t exceptionally fast, but he’s strong and shows a great ability to make plays on balls in the air.
“You can’t make big plays unless you give him a chance to make big plays,” Hudspeth said. “They give him some opportunities, and we’ll have to do a nice job on him and pick and choose when we think it’s coming his way.”
First-year Broncos coach Bryan Harsin didn’t take long to figure out Miller was his go-to guy.
“He’s a smart football player, and he’s just kind of got that factor to him,” Harsin said. “The game comes to him, he understands it.”
The big play is Miller’s forté though, especially lately. Nine of his 12 touchdown catches came in the last five games of last year.
Harsin noticed that quickly, too.
“His mentality is to go and make plays,” Harsin said. “We’ve still got to find ways to get it to him. He’s going to make plays, and hopefully he can continue to do that for us.”
Miller broke former Bronco Austin Pettis’ career mark for receptions earlier this season against Colorado State and he needs 167 yards to surpass Titus Young for the school’s all-time mark in receiving yards.
The Cajuns’ top running backs — Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire — spent the week in orange practice uniforms, signifying they were good to practice but on a limited contact basis.
The orange jerseys were a coach’s decision.
“They took a pounding,” Hudspeth said. “They went up against a pretty good defense and took some shots. … We just tried to take a little of the beating off of them. They’re just sore. We backed off of them a little bit (Wednesday) to try to get them fresh.”
After exiting the Louisiana Tech game early with an injury, McGuire came back to lead the Cajuns with 66 yards on 10 carries against Ole Miss. Most of those yards came on a 39-yard scamper in the first quarter.
Boise State corner out
Boise State senior cornerback Cleshawn Page will miss the game against the Cajuns, leaving sophomore Jonathan Moxey to start for the third time this season.
Page beat out Moxey for the starting job this fall, but a leg injury will keep him on the sideline. The Broncos might also be down backup defensive back Bryan Douglas, who missed last week’s game with a concussion.
Moxey was beaten for a touchdown last week against Connecticut, but responded with a late interception to help seal a Boise win.