Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bleymaier Football Facility Open House

The demand to see this state-of-the-art facility was huge (though I heard they didn't allow representatives of opposing teams in!):

The line to get in 30 minutes before they were to open the doors..


Inside the team meeting room...

The football team now has a weight room all to themselves...


Jay Ajayi's locker...

Future NFL player DeMarcu Lawrence's former locker...

Dylan Sumner-Gardner's locker...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Boise State Schedule Becomes Clearer

In the days in which a television network can dictate the date and starting time of college football games, rather than the other way around, something as simple as a schedule can be difficult to ascertain.  This of course increasingly makes it tough for fans to plan ahead, not only which road games they can attend, but which games they can attend at all.

But as of today, the situation for Bronco fans isn't quite as murky as it was.  The Mountain West Conference has announced its national television schedule today, and that means gametime for the Colorado State game is now set.  Boise State will host the Rams September 6 in the league opener at 8:15 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.  The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Four games will be televised by CBS Sports Network, which isn't near as undecided as ESPN is about when games will be.  The Louisiana-Lafayette game is set for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 in Boise.  The Broncos will travel to Air Force the following Saturday for a 5 p.m. game, then travel to Nevada on Saturday, October 4 (8:30 p.m.) and travel to New Mexico Saturday, November 8 for a 5 p.m. game.

We also know now the dates of three other Boise State conference games:  San Diego State (November 15), Wyoming (November 22) and Utah State (November 29) will be televised on one of the ESPN stations.  What is yet to be determined for those games is the time and exactly which network will televise them.

Always check the Schedule Tab for the most up-to-date information on Boise State's schedule.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Broncos Conclude Spring Practice

An energetic crowd of nearly 15,000 came out to see the new-look Bronco football team in its annual Blue-Orange Game in Bronco Stadium.  The crowd first paid tribute to fallen All-American and College Hall of Fame member Randy Trautman, who died last fall at the age of 54.

Bryan Douglas grabbed the opening kickoff in the end zone and ran it back for a touchdown to put the Boise State team ahead 7-0.  Quarterback Grant Hedrick then engineered a long drive, capped by a Jay Ajayi one-yard plunge to make it 14-0. 

The defenses on both the Boise State and Bronco teams stiffened, and the Blue went into the locker room with a 14-0 lead. 

Shane Williams-Rhodes scored on a nifty 13-yard run to make it 21-0, before Ryan Finley and Devan Demas hooked up on an 82-yard pass play for the Orange team's only score.

Ajayi led all running backs with 70 yards on 10 carries.  Demas finished with 86 receiving yards out of his running back position, while SWR had nine receptions for 81 yards and two rushes for 34 yards and the touchdown.

Hedrick finished 15-23 for 144 yards, while Finley was 10-12 for 128 yards and a TD and Thomas Stuart completed 6-9 for 29 yards.  Hedrick looked most polished among the QB's, although his great running ability was taken away from the rule that quarterbacks could not run.  Defensive players were credited with several sacks in which Hedrick easily could have gotten away.  Finley impressed in his first action in front of Bronco fans with a quick release.

Defensively, Blake Renaud was all over the field, displaying some excellent hits and a team-high six tackles with two sacks.  Corey Bell had 1.5 sacks, while Darren Lee registered a sack and an interception and Dionza Blue added a pick.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paradis, Boldewijn and Leno work out with New England

Three former Broncos displayed their talent for New England yesterday:  center Matt Paradis, tackle Charles Leno and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.  Good to see these great players getting a look and hope it was a positive experience.

Boise State Players of the Day for April 8

Returning starting quarterback Grant Hedrick is making a strong push to keep his job.  Hedrick was named by head coach Bryan Harsin as the Player of the Day for Tuesday's practice.

Harsin also tabbed defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia as the Defensive Player of the Day, senior kicker Dan Goodale as Special Teams Player of the Day, wide receiver Troy Ware as Playmaker of the Day and cornerback Donte Deayon Ballhawk.  The Bronco tight ends were named as the Group of the Day.

Boise State concludes their spring practices with the annual Spring Game this Saturday at 5 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Boise State Gets Another Commitment

Kyler Manu, an All-State linebacker from Highland High School in Pocatello has followed Brett Rypien in committing to Boise State on Junior Day.

Manu recorded 92 tackles last season and was District Player of the Year in helping the Rams reach the 5A Championship game.

Kyler chose the Broncos over interest from BYU, Idaho, Utah State, Washington and Wisconsin.

And the Class of 2015 gets more amazing by the day.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brett Rypien Commits to Boise State

The energetic Boise State football staff continue to amaze the football world with the level of talent they are bringing to Boise.

Blue Football Through and Through has learned that Brett Rypien, ranked as high as the #9 high school quarterback in the nation, has pledged to play football for the Broncos.

Rypien's uncle Mark, of course, played for Washington State and went on to become a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player for the Washington Redskins, but it is Brett that the Broncos are excited about.

Rypien, who carries a 4.0 GPA, is exactly the student the school has been getting through out its student body.  He has rewritten the Greater Spokane League record book, as he has the top two passing seasons (3,266 yards last year and 3,129 the year before), and already is the top passer in league history 7,135 yards) with one season to go.

Rypien (6-2,185 from Shadle Park High School) passed for 613 yards in a single game last year, and also tops the league in all-time single-season total offense, all-time career offense and all-time TD passes with 46.

Rypien chose Boise State over offers from Washington, Washington State, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Colorado State, and Idao, and interest from Florida and Stanford.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 1 Players of the Day

Freshman D.J. Dean has come out of the gate looking great and won Boise State Offensive Player of the Day yesterday.  Defensive end Beau Martin won the honor on defense, with Senior linebacker Blake Renaud winning the Hammer Award.  Matt Miller is having an excellent camp and won the Playmaker Award while cornerback Jonathon Moxey is making noise as the Ballhawk Award winner.

The Bronco linebackers were named the Group of the Day by head coach Bryan Harsin, the second time the LB's have won the award this spring.

The new-look Broncos will be on display Saturday, April 12th at 5 for the annual Blue-Orange Spring Game.