Every position in football has significance. Every player works off each other and depends on one another for success, not just individually but as a team as well. Ole Miss is a solid team and Boise State is going to need to be firing on all cylinders in order to pull out a win.
One area to focus on will be Boise State’s LB corp. More specifically, redshirt sophomore Ben Weaver. Weaver saw plenty of action last season by playing 12 games for the Bronco’s that included six starts. Weaver led Boise State with an astounding 89 total tackles, 51 solo tackles, and a sack.
Weaver needs to bring all that and a little more to the Ole Miss game this Thursday, as he will more than likely be tasked with targeting Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace. Disrupting Wallace enough could lead the Broncos to victory this Thursday night should other pieces fall into place as well.
Wallace is a consistent player completing more than 60% of his passes the last two seasons, and throwing for more than 6300 career yards, all the while racking up a total of 40 touchdowns, and averaging 243 yards a game.
Although talented and consistent, Wallace has also thrown 27 career interceptions in 805 attempts and 26 starts. Weaver could capitalize on Wallace’s mistake proneness and make big plays that could help the Broncos in more ways than one.
At 6’0″ and 18 pounds heavier than Wallace at 235 pounds, Weaver has the size and experience to put a stop to Wallace this Thursday.
Weaver can also be disruptive in another way by giving the Ole Miss run game some trouble. Wallace is much larger compared to the Rebel’s expected starter at running back, I’Tavius Mathers. At 5’11” and 190 pounds, Mathers, to use the words of his teammate Treadwell, is “small” and Weaver “should have a good day”.
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