Thursday, July 31, 2014

Boise State with 13 Votes in First Coaches Poll

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Drew Berger Commits to Boise State

The Broncos received yet another commitment for the 2015 recruiting class as Coeur d' Alene High School linebacker Drew Berger informed coaches he will play at Boise State.

Welcome to Boise, Drew!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boise State's Jeremy Ioane Named to Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watchlist

Hard-hitting senior safety Jeremy Ioane of Boise State has been named to the preseason watch list for the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

Ioane was earlier named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.  He started 12 games last season and posted 59 tackles, fifth most on the team.

Boise State is proud of its long history of Polynesian players, dating back to the Tony Knap years of the 60's and early 70's.

Five finalists for the Polynesian Award will be selected on November 20, and the winner will be announced December 9.

Good luck Jeremy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Broncos Land Bryan Jefferson

Boise State just received a huge commitment to their program, wide receiver Bryan Jefferson from Leesburg High School in Florida.

Jefferson returned to Florida from an unofficial visit to Boise State.  He later phoned Coach Bryan Harsin with the good news.  Jefferson was very impressed by the large number of people wearing Bronco gear and the number of Bronco car flags.

And now he'll be playing football for that same fan base.

Jefferson, a 6-0, 187-pound received was ranked as the #23 player in Central Florida, and had narrowed 15 scholarship offers down to UCF and Boise State.

Jefferson caught 41 passes for 609 yards and five scores last season.  He also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Oregon State, Rutgers, South Florida, Duke, UAB, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, and Bowling Green.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The recruit we referred to...

apparently was just a happy camper that Boise State had offered him a scholarship.  No commitment to report at this time.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Boise State Might Have Another Recruit

I've been following the Twitters, and chatter has picked up about another possible Boise State recruit.  I will see what I can find out to confirm him.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jay Ajayi Named To Doak Walker Watch List

Boise State's Jay Ajayi, already named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, is also on the Watch List for the Doak Walker Award.
Ajayi is one of 53 players on the Watch List for the Doak Walker, which will be presented December 11.  Semifinalists for the Award will be announced November 18, with three finalists selected November 24.

Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards last season, and is on track to become one of the top rushers in Boise State history, should he be blessed with two more injury-free seasons.

The number of Broncos on preseason watch lists is more indicative of a national championship contender rather than a team that last year suffered its worst season since 1998.

Hedrick Earns Spot on Davey O'Brien Award Watch List

Boise State has had some great teams in the past, and certainly some players on the national radar, but I don't recall a year in which so many Broncos were honored on preseason watch lists.

Quarterback Grant Hedrick has been named to the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Watch list, an award given annually to the nation's top quarterback.  Hedrick is one of 39 quarterbacks on the list.

Grant came in for the injured Joe Southwick and started five games, completing 167 of 242 passes for 1,825 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Hedrick ranked fifth in the nation with a 69.0% completion percentage, and was 23rd in passing efficiency with a rating of 150.0.

The field of honorees will be narrowed to 16 on November 3, with the three finalists announced November 24.  The Davey O'Brien winner will be announced December 11 at the annual College Football Awards Show.

Below is the list of current Broncos on preseason Watch Lists:

Paul Hornung Award:  Shane Williams-Rhodes
Maxwell Award:  Jay Ajayi
Thorpe Award:  Donte Deayon and Jeremy Ioane
Biletnikoff Award:  Matt Miller
Davey O'Brien Award:  Grant Hedrick
Lou Groza Award:  Dan Goodale

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Matt Miller on Fred Biletnikoff List

Another Bronco finds his way to a preseason Watch List, and he's probably the most deserving.

Matt Miller, who is on track to break nearly every major receiving record in the books at Boise State, is on the preseason Watch List for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the top receiver in college football.  Miller is one of six receivers from the Mountain West Conference on the list, but by far the best.

With 216 career catches, Miller is just eight receptions shy of breaking the Bronco school record of 224 that was set by Austin Pettis.  Miller is currently fifth in career receiving yards with 2,588.  He needs 476 yards in his senior season to break the school record in that department.  Miller already smashed Jeremy Childs' season reception record with 88 catches last season.  Matt broke Pettis's record for the most receptions by a freshman with 62 in 2011, and Miller also holds the record for most receptions through two seasons at 128.

Together with Shane Williams-Rhodes, Miller holds the record for most catches in a season by a duo with 165, which the pair set last season.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deayon and Ioane Named To Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

The Preseason honors continue to roll in for Boise State, as talented defensive backs Donte Deayon and Jeremy Ioane were included on this year's Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, awarded annually to the country's top DB.

Boise State is one of just five schools with multiple players on the list, joining Arkansas State, Florida State, Michigan State, and UCF. 

Prognasticators Bucking The Odds

Although Chris Petersen-coached teams never won the Mountain West Conference, all the so-called experts are predicting Boise State to win the league on Coach Bryan Harsin's first season.  I'm not comfortable when any "expert" picks Boise State, because they're always wrong.

In other news, running back Jay Ajayi, wide receiver Matt Miller, cornerback Donte Deayon, safety Jeremy Ioane, and punt returner Shane Williams-Rhodes were named to the All-Mountain West Preseason team, the conference announced.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Shane Williams-Rhodes Named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Boise State junior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes has been put on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

SWR was 11th nationally in punt returns last season with a 14.6 average.  He also caught 77 passes in 11 games, fourth-most in school history. 

The winner of the award will be honored in late January.

Jay Ajayi Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Boise State running back Jay Ajayi was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation's top football player.

Ajayi rushed for 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns last year.  He has averaged 5.96 yards per carry in two seasons with the Broncos, the seventh-highest average among active players.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced November 3, with three finalists chosen on November 24.  The winner will be announced December 11.