For the second straight year, Boise State has to adjust to theloss of key players in the secondary of its highly rankeddefense.But this year, the No. 19 Broncos (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West) areconfident they have enough senior leaders and seasonedunderclassman to avoid the kind of meltdown that contributed to alate-season loss to TCU last year that spoiled an undefeated seasonand any lofty postseason plans.Coach Chris Petersen said Bryan Douglas, who started the firstthree games and the No. 3 cornerback, will miss the rest of theseason after tearing an ACL in last week’s 45-14 rout at Wyoming.Petersen also said starting safety Lee Hightower’s suspension forviolating team rules will remain in place at least throughSaturday’s matchup with San Diego State (6-3, 4-1).Hightower, who has 31 tackles and one interception, wasdisciplined last week and didn’t travel with the team to Wyoming.Petersen declined to share any details of the decision and wasclearly irritated when quizzed about the status of the redshirtsophomore Monday.”I haven’t talked to Lee,” said Petersen, offering notimetable for Hightower’s return. ”He is not back this week.”Petersen also said Dextrell Simmons, who plays a hybridlinebacker/defensive back position, is day-to-day after leaving theWyoming game early with an undisclosed injury.For now, Hightower will be… Read full this story
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