BOISE -- Boise State head coach Chris Petersen addressed the media for the first time since the start of fall camp on Tuesday.
Petersen praised the effort of his players so far, but added they still have not practiced in pads and have a long way to go before their season-opener at Washington on Aug. 31.
Here is a brief portion of the media's Q&A with Petersen. Click on the video link about to watch the complete interview.
On if his players had a productive summer and came into fall camp ready to compete:
"I think they had a good summer. I really do. It's always hard for us to know that, because we truly don't see them. But I think they feel like that. I think the first two practices from the older guys, the indication is they got some things done. Not only some good running and some good lifting, but they did some football on their own and I think it's paid dividends."
On why DT Deuce Mataele has been missing for practice:
"Deuce has an academic issue he is working through and I don't know a timetable."
On the return of Bryan Douglas and the leadership role he will assume:
"I like our secondary. There is some real newness out there. We're going to have some guys who haven't maybe played a ton. It's nice to have Bryan back out there. His knee is right where it should be. But you go from eight months of not playing any type of explosive football, to throwing you out there. We got to be smart and bring him along. We don't need to win the game today or tomorrow, we have to get him to the season and get that (knee) just right. We're counting on him being a big factor for us."
On how Fruitland alumnus LB Joey Martarano is fitting in:
"The one thing I've always appreciated about Joey is I just like being around him. He's a great kid. A football guy. He's just one of those guys that is fun to be around. With that being said, he just got out of high school, so we need to be patient and let this thing happen how it's supposed to. He doesn't need to be our leading tackler here this year. He's had one practice. So it will happen how it's suppose to. We're just excited he's here as a Bronco."