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Boise State's coach Petersen impressed by local talent

SACRAMENTO, CA - Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen continues to not just be impressed by the talent pool in the northern California area, but also continues to pluck top tier players from the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Petersen was in town on Wednesday to speak at an event put on by the local Positive Coaching Alliance at the practice facility belonging to the Sacramento Kings. He was joined by Kings head coach Keith Smart and President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie, in taking part in the PCA's "Winning On & Off The Court panel discussion on the keys to winning in sports and business.

Doug Martin is one the local talents that have played for Petersen and the Broncos. Martin, a running back out of St. Mary's high school in Stockton was selected in the first round by the Tampa Buccaneers in last Thursday's NFL Draft.

Petersen said Martin was one of the best players he's seen in a long time.

"Not only is he that type of player, he's that type of person," Petersen said. "His personality almost doesn't fit his toughness."

Currently on the Boise State roster from the area are defensive lineman Robert Ash of Elk Grove's Cosumnes Oaks, quarterback Jimmy Laughrea and tight end Holden Huff of Rocklin and defensive tackle Greg Grimes of Inderkum high school.

Petersen's knowledge of the area is due in large part to his local ties. He was born in Yuba City and played quarterback at Sac City College, before heading to U.C. Davis. With the Aggies, Petersen started his coaching career as a quarterbacks coach under head coach Bob Biggs.

In his five years with the Boise State Broncos, Petersen has a 61-5 record - the second highest among active coaches, and led them to two BCS bowl wins.


By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net
Twitter: @News10Sean