Bean bags another Bowl game

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

For the second straight year, Josh Bean returned home for a late Christmas break with a lump of coal in his stocking.

Bean's Boise State Broncos lost the MPC Computers Bowl 27-21 Wednesday to Boston College, despite a furious late rally from the home side.

The 23-year-old linebacker returned to Calgary late Thursday night for a three-week break before he gets back training for 2006 and what he hopes will be a breakout season with new coach Chris Peterson in place.

"This has happened two years in a row now with Bowl games," Bean said.

"Last year, we used it as motivation for the off-season. The loss, the feeling stuck with us going into the first game of the year against Georgia.

"With the coaching changes, a lot of players will be distracted with that.

"A lot of players will trying to get into better shape and using that as their motivation."

The Broncos went into the game holding a 31-game home winning streak but let Boston College build an early 27-0 they couldn't recover from.

Bean, a sophomore, spent most of the season as a backup to a senior at linebacker while earning the team's ironman award for most special teams plays.

He heads into his junior season with three years under his belt in the Boise State program and a starting position available if he can earn it. The former Calgary Colts and Bishop Carroll Cardinal finished the 2005 season with 18 tackles.

As the big dogs in Boise, Idaho, the Broncos take winning seriously and losing the last game on the home blue turf just doesn't cut it.

"It wasn't a bad season compared with other football teams," Bean said. "We finished 9-4 and had a better record than 75 percent of the teams in the country but by our standards, it was an off year.

"By the fans' standards, we didn't have the year they wanted us to. Some of the guys are glad this year is over. Now we have a fresh start. Nobody will slack off in the off-season."

Once Bean heads back to school to finish off the semester, training will start in full with workout five days a week.

April is full of full-team scrimmages, which often draw crowds of about 10,000 for the one that is open to fans.

It will be in the spring session Bean can solidify a starting spot and the main thing standing in his way is if the new coaching staff brings in a new system.

"If they do bring in a new defence, we'll all be in the same boat," Bean said.

"We'll want to learn the new defence as quickly as we can. Either way, I don't think I'm at too much of a disadvantage."


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