Wednesday, September 19, 2012

As Karney Fire grows, more people evacuated - KTVB

by Natalie Podgorski

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:46 PM

BOISE COUNTY -- More homeowners were told it was time to pack up and leave Tuesday as the Karney fire moved closer to their doorsteps.

Evacuations took place in Wilderness Ranch and along Robie Creek Road. In all, 80 homes were put under evacuation notice.

Nathaniel Bartholomew was arrested for starting the Karney Fire. He is a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department. 

The Boise County Sheriff's Office says Bartholomew used pine cones and grass to set the fire in an area near his home off of Robie Creek Road. Chief Deputy Dale Rogers says the 18-year-old did it to get attention from his father who is also a firefighter.

Bartholomew was out fighting the Karney Fire when he was arrested. He has confessed to starting the Karney Fire but the Boise County Sheriff's Office wonders if he may be responsible for other fires that started this summer.

"There are other fires that we've been investigating in Clear Creek and along (HWY) 21 and we want to know what those ties are especially if they are similar in nature," said Rogers.

Rogers says one of the fires they are seeing if Bartholomew is linked to is the Avelene Fire started near Grimes Creek back in July.

Homeowners who have been evacuated because of the Karney Fire are very upset with Bartholomew.

"The hardship that he is putting everybody through and the danger that he is putting firefighters in just so he could I don't know have his jollies, it is sad," said Bob Ashey a homeowner who lives in Wilderness Ranch. 

Ashey was asked to leave his home late this afternoon. "We decided it is time to grab the dogs and all the pictures and go."

"It is the only time we've really packed up in the 22 years that we've been here," said John Fiedler who lives in Wilderness Ranch. "It is just hard, I know it is only things but it is still very hard."

Dave Olson with the Boise National Forest says firefighters will work through the night trying to keep homes near the fire safe.

As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night, the Karney Fire was estimated to be 302 acres. Over 130 firefighters are working on the fire. An Incident Management Team will arrive in Boise County tomorrow to prepare to take command of the fire.  

The Boise County Board of Commissioners signed a declaration of disaster emergency Tuesday in response to the fire. This allows the county to apply for state and federal financial assistance to help fight the fire.
  
An evacuation shelter has been opened by The American Red Cross at Idaho City High School.


 

Karney Fire escapes containment - The Idaho Statesman

A house that burned on Majesty Heights Drive just above Robie Creek Road in the Karney Fire, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

Joe Jaszewski â€" jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The Karney Fire has jumped a portion of a fireline early Tuesday morning off the Robie Creek Road in an area called Mitchell Gulch in Boise County.

This flareup, estimated to have burned 250 acres as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, now threatens an additional 75 to 100 homes in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision area, which is northeast of Robie Creek. The Boise County Sheriff office is implementing additional evacuations on the Rush Creek Road and the top portion of Evergreen Road, both of which are in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. The evacuation orders from Monday are still in effect along the Robie Creek Road.

Boise County Sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Nathaniel Fay Bartholomew has been arrested on a felony arson charge for intentionally causing the fire.

Sheriff's officials said Tuesday Bartholomew is a volunteer firefighter who lives in the Wilderness Ranch area. Officials say it appears as if Bartholomew set the blaze in some pine cones and other fuel at the side of the Robie Creek Road and that fire spread to a nearby home, where it got under the deck of a home and caught it on fire.

A suspected motive in the arson is unclear but Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers said it is possible Bartholomew set the fire to get the attention of his father, who is also a firefighter. Officials say Bartholomew confessed to setting the fire.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter in the Idaho City High School gym for Wilderness Ranch residents who can't get to their homes.

Initial reports Monday suggested two structures were lost to the Karney Fire, but one may have been saved, a Boise County dispatcher said.

No one was living in the home that was lost, the dispatcher said. About 20 homes were threatened Monday night, and evacuations took place in the area of the fire.

As of 9:20 p.m., the fire had burned about 80 acres in the Robie Creek area. It started just before 4:30 p.m., between mile markers 5 and 6 on Robie Creek Road.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Dave Olson said the fire burned aggressively at first.

"It has started to lay down some now that the evening has come on," he said.

More than 100 firefighters from least six agencies â€" the Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Robie Creek Fire Department, Clear Creek Fire Department and Wilderness Ranch Fire Department â€" are working on the fire, Olson said.

The agencies combined to dispatch two heavy air tankers, two single-engine air tankers, six fire engines, three hand crews and three helicopters. Two additional hand crews were requested, but Olson said he wasn’t sure when they would arrive.

Andrew Little: 'The Idaho Sheep King' - Messenger Index

From two dogs to a mansion

Scottish-born Andrew Little came to Idaho in 1884 with two dogs and $25. By 1935, he was dubbed “The Idaho Sheep King,” Little was considered the largest sheep operator in Idaho and one of the largest in the nation. He married Scottish-born Agnes Sproat in New York City in 1903 and they had five children together.

In 1923, Little started building “The Little Mansion,” which is located on Substation Road. It took over a year to build and originally his land extended from Payette up to McCall and through the Boise foothills.

The three-level, 6,400-squarefeet house with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, kitchen and maid’s quarters is called the “Forever House.” The one foot thick walls are filled with junk metal, rebar and old iron farm implements. There really are “Artifacts at the Mansion.”

Little’s early years

Twenty-four-year-old Andrew “Andy” Little arrived in the U.S. in 1884 and walked 22 miles to the sheep ranch of pioneer Robert “Scotch Bob” Aikman. Aikman and fellow Scot Charlie Doane helped several people from their homeland to find jobs in Idaho. At the time of Little’s death, he owned the Aikman ranch and the Little family has owned and operated the century farm since that time. An Idaho century farm is a farm or ranch that has been officially recognized by a regional program documenting that the farm has been continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more.

Little’s first band of sheep totaled 1,200 ewes that he took in lieu of cash. He was permitted to herd his sheep with the owner’s flock and it wasn’t long before he had accumulated a small band as a nucleus of the flock that grew to vast proportions. The following year, he acquired 40 acres of land.

His ewe bands were largely Lincoln-Rambouillet sheep. After 1910, his ewes were mated to Hampshire and Suffolk rams.

Exact systems and faithful ranch hands

By 1929, Little was the owner of 100,000 head of sheep and marketed a million pounds of wool. Later he purchased the VanDeusen holdings, also located in Emmett. He also owned more than 6,000 acres of 27 irrigated ranches, scattered throughout Payette and Boise valleys and employed as many as 400 men, which he kept busy 12 months out of the year. His ranch hands liked his wise, careful and exact planning methods and served him from five to 20 years. He was known for his keen sense of the business and keeping a close eye on fine details.

Prominent, successful livestock owner

In June 1935, the wool market was lower than expected and Little refused the bids of 15 wool buyers from Boston, Portland and other areas for 84,000 fleeces totaling more than 700,000 pounds of carefully graded wool. The wool had been clipped and was stored in railroad cars where it would stay until the market became active again. He had advertised his sale to take place in Emmett and would-be purchasers placed sealed bids for the wool. Bids were lower than expected, so Little decided not to sell and rejected all of the bids.

Little graded his wool at shearing time by licensed professional graders brought from Boston, prior to the sale. He usually brought a higher price by saving the usual buyer’s commission, which would normally be deducted from the purchase price.

Everything about his enterprise was done in a calculated way. His ranches produced alfalfa, oats and other feeds necessary to feed during winter. Lambing sheds and winter feeding ground were located close to the hay supply where there was an abundance of water in sheltered places.

Lambing took place in February and March and the ewes were ready to move to grass in April or May.

During the summer months, the sheep were ranged in the high mountains in the national forests. Hundreds of acres of pasture in Long Valley took care of some of the bands in late summer.

Little was a heavy purchaser of good registered rams at the yearly Filer ram sale.

In 1935, of the 350 employees, 30 to 40 were cooks. All provisions and supplies were bought in Emmett. Bacon, dried salt codfish by the ton, sugar, salt, pepper, flour, baking powder and other staples were purchased for the ranches. That year, 90 head of hogs were killed and cured to feed the growing staff.

Andy and Agnes had two daughters and three sons. Two of them graduated from the University of Idaho.

The death of the sheep king

Andy Little died in a Santa Barbara, Calif., hospital in 1941 after several weeks of illness. Hundreds of friends attended his funeral, which was held at the Little home. Rev. J. R. Lamb, pastor of the Emmett Presbyterian Church, had charge of the services. Little was laid to rest at the Riverside Cemetery.

The portrait of Andrew “Andy” Little is displayed along with 347 other livestock industry leaders in the halls of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., as part of the history of the Saddle and Sirloin Club whose members conceived and continued their respected traditions for over a century.

The sheep king will forever be known for his hands-on operation and unlimited energy that made the sheep industry in Idaho number one in the nation.

Deerhoof VS. Boise, Idaho - Boise Weekly

Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich wasn't quite sweating bullets, but he was a little worried. When BW spoke with him the band's tour was starting in only five days--a tour that will bring it to Boise for the first time Thursday, Sept. 27, to perform at Visual Arts Collective--and the musicians were still figuring out how to play the songs from the band's new album. Most bands would probably have gotten that out of the way before recording the album in the first place. But Deerhoof has never been most bands.

Over 18 years and 16-ish albums--"depends on where you start counting," said Dieterich--the band has recorded everything from improvisational noise to quirky garage rock to experimental pop. It has recorded everything in one live take and tossed out traditional instruments altogether to work entirely with samples.

You name it and Deerhoof probably tried it before it was cool. That's why in 2005 Pitchfork called it "the best band in the world." No pressure.

Unsurprisingly, for its new album, Breakup Songs, the band chose to again try something different: telecommuting.

"We have always written stuff separately, but then gotten together to work on it," said Dieterich. "But in this case, we were all living in three-to-four different cities, so we were just sending stuff out."

The various pieces of Breakup Song were recorded independently of one another and shared online between band members in Portland, Ore., New York City and Albuquerque, N.M., who would then tweak and add their own pieces. Dieterich said that while no one ever expected to get a song back just like they sent it out, that didn't mean everything went smoothly the whole time.

"We went through a lot of ideas of what it's supposed to be," said Dieterich. "And we'd decide this is what it's going to be and then work on it for months and then talk again on the phone or Skype or something and decide, 'Oh, it's not that at all. Let's do something else.' We kept changing our minds."

The general goal Deerhoof had for this album was to play up the rhythmic interaction the band has been developing in recent years.

"We wanted it to be dance music, but not genre dance music," said Dieterich. "Extremely high-intensity noise dance music."

But without being in the same room, Dieterich admits it was a bigger challenge.

"God only knows what we ended up with," he said.

Had Dieterich consulted with various deities, they likely would have informed him that the album didn't land far from Deerhoof's goal. It opens with a crunchy drum and bass groove that immediately sets the head bobbing, though the bobbing gets a little trickier as the beat is dissected in the middle of the song.

Following that is "There's That Grin," which apes the approach of early, rudimentary hip-hop mixed with lo-fi indie rock. "Zero Seconds Pause" sounds like it was cannibalized from an early rave experiment. And then there is one of the album's most unusual tracks, "The Trouble with Candyhands," which juxtaposes a mambo beat and horns with noisy, indie rock guitars and then a peppy chorus reminiscent of mid-'90s pop ska.

Though it may not be an obvious connection sonically, the band has listed The Rolling Stones as a primary influence.

"Ed"--Rodriguez, the band's guitarist--"and I both came from free improvisation with rock instruments," said Dieterich. "In the case of someone like The Rolling Stones, they developed a style of never playing a song the same way twice. ... It's a form that takes an incredible amount of discipline and sort of commitment to material. You have to really understand how to work within this stuff in order to be creative. There's plenty of free-improvised music that comes out pre-canned sounding like every other piece of improvised music. It ceases to become a spontaneous thing when you express that the sound of it is X, when in fact it could be open."

But the value Deerhoof places on free-wheeling improv would also seem to stand at odds with the boxed-in recording strategy it employed for Breakup Song. But Dieterich sees it as a central.

"Spontaneity is absolutely necessary to compose," said Dieterich. "If you don't have spontaneity, you'll never compose anything."

He said he's lost count of the number of times when random experiments or goofs ended up as the finished product.

"I'll bring something in and people will say, 'Oh, that's perfect,'" he said. "It's like this, literally, incredibly rough demo where I never intended for anything, just to show the basic idea, and they're like, 'No, don't change that.'"

The band has recorded long-distance before, but Dieterich said the scope of Breakup Song was far more extreme.

"The last one we ended up eventually getting together for a month or two to hash things out," he said. "But in this case, it was like a week. And in that week, we had to finish the songs, mix it and master it. So it was pretty intense."

That is why the band is just now getting around to learning how to play its own material for a tour.

"Things sound great so far. I'm actually super-surprised," he said. "A lot of these songs, one person records the parts. And that's cool. But there's a feel that happens when the four of us are playing together. It's more fun. And I think it sounds better."

BYU defense a tough challenge for BSU - Idaho Press-Tribune

BOISE â€" When your head coach is also your defensive coordinator, stopping opposing offenses has a little more of a premium placed on it.

At BYU, coach Bronco Mendenhall took over as coordinator midway through the 2010 season. Since then, the Cougars have yielded 91.5 rushing yards per game, second-best in the nation. Last season, they were 13th in the nation in total defense and through three games are No. 9 in 2012.

“Let’s just say he hates it when people score touchdowns on us,” BYU junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy said. “You don’t hear it much in the game, but the next practice, you know. He pushes us to be workhorses. He takes a lot of pride in it.”

In Provo, the once-renowned BYU offense has taken a bit of a backseat to a physical defense, led by Van Noy, whom Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince called “a terror.” The Reno native, who said he was recruited “very hard” by Boise State is tied for fifth in the nation with 4.5 sacks. He had seven sacks, three forced fumbles, three interceptions and a blocked kick last season.

“He’s hard to describe â€" it’s like saying ‘why is Shea (McClellin) good?’” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said, referring to his own do-it-all standout, now with the Chicago Bears.

No offense has gained more than 300 yards in the Cougars’ last nine games â€" they’re yielding 241 yards per game this season. Their 13 sacks are third-most nationally, and the 53 yards per game the Cougars are giving up is No. 6.

“Bronco’s got them playing as hard as they’ve ever played … that’s his baby,” Petersen said.

Seven of the Cougars’ projected starters for Thursday’s game are seniors, which has enabled them to get off to a strong start after a great finish to last season.

“I think we have some good leadership,” Van Noy said. “The coaches put us in the right situations, and we have guys who know what they’re doing and are able to execute.”

Most of the offensive aspects Boise State aimed to improve after its season-opening loss will be tested Thursday. First, the rushing attack â€" the Broncos ran for just 37 yards in the opener, but got 295 last Saturday against Miami (Ohio). Second, communication â€" Prince said he did not do a good job of getting plays sent in quickly Aug. 31, while the offensive line said it struggled to get blockers on the right defenders. Naturally, that’s the sort of thing the Cougars thrive on.

“They try to cause a lot of confusion,” Prince said.

While BYU has been one of the best teams in terms of pressuring the quarterback, Boise State has been able to be one of the best in protecting its passer.

In the top five in the country in sacks allowed the last four seasons, the Broncos are one of only four teams thus far to not allow a sack.

“They’re a very smart defense, and they aren’t going to give us anything,” Boise State center Matt Paradis said. “We just need to continue getting better, build off what we’ve done.”

After offensive struggles in their first game, the Broncos bounced back with a 599-yard performance last Saturday, marked by a balanced attack with 304 passing yards and their 295 rushing yards. An offense beginning to find its legs collides with a defense that is proving it is one of the best.

“We just put it together,” tight end Gabe Linehan said. “It meant a lot for our egos, for our identity going into this next game, which is a big game. We definitely needed that.”

Boise State Broncos fans redefine success - The Idaho Statesman

Boise native Tac Anderson is a two-time Boise State graduate â€" a bachelor’s in 1998 and an MBA in 2008 â€" and he met his wife on campus.

The Andersons also are Mormons and have many friends who are alumni of Brigham Young University. The talk in the halls at their Seattle church in recent weeks has been about the BSU-BYU matchup at Bronco Stadium on Thursday.

Ticket sales for the game are a school record. The 3,500 new seats at the stadium bring its capacity to 37,000, and just a handful of tickets remain.

“I was telling my friends, depending on how ticket sales go, there are enough BYU alumni in Boise that it could be almost neutral territory,” said Anderson, who works in social media marketing. “You’re going to see a very large BYU contingent in the stands.”

He wishes he could be at the game but his kids are in school. The Andersons will watch the game on TV with a group of Cougars fans.

“BYU fans have a healthy respect for what BSU has been through, as an underdog,” Anderson said.

He expects a healthy rivalry to develop over the next decade: BSU and BYU will play annually for 12 seasons.

Anderson is among many longtime Boise State supporters optimistic about the Broncos’ prosects this year â€" despite a young roster and a tough season-opening loss at Michigan State. He believes the team is capable of winning the rest of its games.

“As fans, I think we’d all like to see them win the conference before they move on (to the Big East),” Anderson said. “We weren’t able to do that last year. TCU got that.”

WHAT IS SUCCESS?

Krislee Moss, a 34-year-old Meridian mother of four, agrees.

“I think success would be to win the Mountain West,” said Moss, who became a fan after her family moved to the Treasure Valley from Idaho Falls in 2006.

Moss and her husband, Brett, traveled to see the Las Vegas Bowl in December. They stayed at the same hotel as the Broncos.

“We were on the 11th floor and saw the players practicing in the parking lot,” she said.

Moss works at Intermountain MLS in Boise. She has a co-worker named Chris Peterson, a Boise State alum and Nampa resident who many on Twitter confuse with seventh-year BSU coach Chris Petersen.

“He gets a lot of followers during football season,” said Moss.

FUN TO WATCH, EVEN IN LOSING EFFORT

Dennis Stevenson, administrative rules coordinator for the state of Idaho, has seen many football highs and lows since he was a student at Boise State in the 1970s.

He’s optimistic about the 2012 team.

“Even in the Michigan State game, one touchdown and we win that,” Stevenson said. “I thought the defense played extremely well.”

Stevenson gave the young team kudos for starting the season with a difficult road game.

“I wasn’t being blindly optimistic that we were going to run over the top of those guys,” he said. “With the big turnover (in players), it was a lot to ask for.”

Stevenson said he’s excited about the new talent on the team and looks forward to seeing what Coach Pete cooks up next.

“Even when Boise State loses, it’s still fun football to watch,” said Stevenson. “The play-calling, just everything, is a lot of fun.”

REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS

Gloria Miller is married to former Bronco lineman Tad Miller, and they are expecting their first child â€" a girl â€" in November.

She said fans need to rein in their expectations a bit.

“We’re spoiled,” Miller said. “We lose one or two games and we think it’s an absolute failure. Other teams would kill to have that record.”

Miller said she doesn’t get to watch the games with her husband because he’s now a Boise police officer who works nights and weekends. But he gets to see some of the action at home games.

“He does crowd control,” she said.

‘TRUE-BLUE BRONCOS’

Fourth District Judge Ronald J. Wilper, a proud Boise State alum, says what’s most important is that the team continue to improve.

“That will be a successs,” he said. “They’ve got some tough ones â€" BYU and Fresno. I hope they win them all, but I’m not going to despair if we lose one or two more.”

He admits to feeling “horrible” when the team lost in the past, and he often marvels at the irrationality of being a sports fan.

Wilper has season tickets and often attends games with his elder son, Andy, the acting medical director at the VA Hospital in Boise. The two text frequently before, during and after games with Andy’s brother, Mike, who lives in San Diego.

“It’s one of those threads that ties us together,” said Wilper, who went to law school at the University of Idaho but says he’s not a Vandal.

Both sons earned their degrees from Idaho, but on game days, there’s no question which team has their support.

“We’re true-blue Broncos,” Wilper said.

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Potter giving Boise State football team's offense a nifty option - The Idaho Statesman

Two games into the 2012 season, the Boise State Bronco with the second-most snaps at quarterback is … wide receiver Chris Potter?

Potter, a senior who was an option quarterback in high school in California, took six snaps running the wildcat Saturday against Miami (Ohio).

Those plays generated 36 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown for tailback D.J. Harper.

Potter held the ball so long that he was 3 yards past the line of scrimmage when he finally flipped to Harper, who cruised into the end zone.

“I just told him, ‘Hey, it might be annoying, but wherever I go just follow me. I might throw it out at the last second,’ ” Potter said. “That’s what happened. … Honestly, I was hoping he was out there. I didn’t see him at first.”

Potter has been running the option since Pop Warner, he said.

“It’s something I feel comfortable with, and I’m glad the coaches feel comfortable with me back there,” he said.

The Broncos like to use different players at quarterback to run the wildcat â€" a group of plays that require a runner at that position â€" because of their athletic ability and to avoid exposing the starting quarterback to additional hits.

Harper ran two wildcat plays against Miami (net result: minus-4 yards).

Third-string quarterback Grant Hedrick operated a package of plays last season but coaches are hesitant to use him this year because he’s the backup. Hedrick was injured on one of his plays last season.

“We think about it a little bit more,” coach Chris Petersen said. “Still, you’ve gotta let the guys play.”

Potter also ran some wildcat plays last year. He’s 1-for-3 as a passer in his career.

On his plays last week, he gave the ball to the tailback five times and kept it once. He also caught a touchdown pass at wide receiver, his first touchdown catch in nearly two years.

Sometimes starting quarterback Joe Southwick stays on the field when Potter runs the wildcat, which disguises the Broncos’ intent until they break the huddle. Other times, Southwick exits and Potter calls the play in the huddle.

“Chris is a very versatile guy,” offensive coordinator Robert Prince said. “We want to take advantage of his skill set.”

• • • 

Sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller said earlier this year he needed to improve his leadership skills and become more vocal.

On Saturday, he showed that sometimes words aren’t necessary to lead.

Miller caught a short pass on the Broncos’ first play after falling behind 9-8 late in the first half. He lowered his shoulder and blasted the tackler at the end of the 13-yard reception.

Five plays later, the Broncos scored the first of four consecutive touchdowns on their way to a 39-12 rout.

“We kind of needed a little spark,” Miller said. “I figured that was a good opportunity to get the offense going.”

• • •

Defensive tackle Armand Nance became the fifth true freshman to play for the Broncos this season when he was pressed into action Saturday.

Nance (6-foot, 273 pounds) was recruited as a fullback but moved to defensive line for the start of fall camp. He played end for two weeks before switching to tackle.

Nance was on defensive coordinator and line coach Pete Kwiatkowski’s radar even during recruiting.

“It was always in the back of our minds that if he got bigger and filled out he was explosive enough and could potentially be a D-lineman,” Kwiatkowski said. “When we started camp he weighed in at 270. Instead of waiting, we figured let’s make the move now.”

Nance gives the Broncos five game-ready tackles.

The other true freshmen playing are tight end Hayden Plinke, tailback Jack Fields, linebacker Tyler Gray and receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes.

• • •

Petersen and Kwiatkowski had the same reaction when asked about the Broncos’ lack of penalties in the first two games. They knocked on wood.

The Broncos are tied for fifth in the nation with three penalties per game and are tied for 19th with 34.5 penalty yards per game.

“Guys have been playing smart,” Kwiatkowski said.

• • • 

Petersen and BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall are friends, which makes the series with the Cougars a little uncomfortable for Petersen.

“We’ll talk in the offseason,” Petersen said, “but I can’t really talk to him about what they’re doing.”

Petersen has enjoyed those talks over the years.

“What he says makes sense to me,” he said.

Said Mendenhall: “I like (Petersen) a lot. He and his wife, Barb, are really quality people. I think the world of him as a person, and they have a really good team.”

• • •

One word comes up with every Boise State player or coach who talks about BYU’s style of play: physical.

“You can tell that they really have a passion for their play, which is consistent over the years with BYU,” junior tight end Gabe Linehan said. “They just bring it. They’re aggressive. They’re really playing hard.”

ESPN analyst David Pollack, who is on the four-announcer team for Thursday’s game, also has noticed the Cougars’ physicality.

“BYU wants to come in and play knuckle to knuckle,” he said. “It’s a fun matchup: strength vs. trying to get people in space.”

• • •

Boise State redshirt freshman safety Dillon Lukehart of Eagle High made two tackles on the kickoff team last week and pressured the Miami punter into a 28-yard shank.

He is expected to serve as one of the core players on special teams this season despite missing all of fall camp with a broken foot that required surgery.

He played on one unit in the first game and three in the second.

“We’ve been talking about him since last year and how excited we are to get him on special teams,” Petersen said. “His skill set really shows up. He’s a strong, athletic guy who can run, and he’s smart. Those things we’re always talking about on special teams.”

Chadd Cripe is in his 11th season covering Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman. He also is a voter in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Contact him at ccripe@idahostatesman.com or 377-6398. His Twitter account is @IDS_BroncoBeat.