Every week of the 2014 Ole Miss football season, we will preview each Ole Miss opponent before the upcoming game in an article series we like to call “Know Your Enemy”. These articles will continue to grow in the opponent’s season stats as the season progresses, but since we are in week one, there is no stats for Boise State. We can only go by what we know from the previous season and the offseason. Hope you enjoy!
If there is anything we can take from the Boise State Broncos this offseason is that they are new. They’re predominately new across the board. They come into the 2014 season under first year head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin is a former Boise State grad assistant in 2001, where he helped developed the tight ends for four seasons. He would later move to the offensive line coach after former head coach Chris Petersen arrived on campus. Harsin spent ten years at Boise State and later moved to Austin, Texas for two years as Texas offensive co-coordinator for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He spent one year as the replacement of Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State for the 2013 season. Yes, more proof that Arkansas State doesn’t have a long efficiency with head coaches.
Bryan Harsin received the opportunity to coach at Boise State after Chris Petersen departed after last season to the vacant head coaching job at Washington (who lost Steve Sarkisian to USC). Even though the Boise State Broncos finished last season 8-5, resulting in more than four losses in a season for the first time since 1998, Petersen did leave Harsin in reasonable shape. The team is coming off of a very impressive 2013 recruiting class. This talent will either start with experience or will be making there first starts this season.