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Boise State and Florida State have formally agreed to a two-game series for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Initial word of a 2019 showdown between the Broncos and Seminoles broke on Tuesday. Turns out, it will be a home-and-home affair -- of sorts -- rather than a simple one-off. Now, it's not a straight home-and-home series, as the initial contest will be played in Jacksonville, rather than Tallahassee, on Aug. 31. Call it a quasi-home game. Boise State will only be allotted 2,500 tickets to sell for the contest. The Broncos will be turning in straight-up hosting duties in Boise for the Sept. 19, 2020 rematch. The teams have yet to get acquainted on the football field, but we expect these to be fun matchups.
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 3:20 PM

Boise State and Florida State have agreed to a matchup to open the 2019 season

Per McMurphy, the Broncos and Seminoles will kick off the season in high style when they square off in Jacksonville come August 31, 2019. While we don't know exactly how the two rosters will look in a little over a year's time -- Boise State, in particular, is going to be installing a number of new key pieces on offense -- these are both coaching staffs we trust to put on a fun game. This matchup will represent the first time the storied Seminoles and ever-frisky Broncos have faced off on the gridiron.
May 15 - 5:00 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter listed Boise State sophomore WR Octavius Evans as the Broncos breakout star of spring practices.

The Broncos are going to have to replace Cedrick Wilson in the passing game. Evans probably can't do it alone, but he was very impressive in the practices, and scored two touchdowns in the spring game. Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-1, 206-pound wideout becomes quarterback Brett Rypien's go-to target in the fall.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 1:00 PM

Boise State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB Casey Kline.

Kline also had offers from schools like Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona and Washington State. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete is being recruited as both an outside linebacker and a tight end, but he likely will play the former because of his speed and quick first step. Boise State is off to an excellent start in building their 2019 class.
Source: 247 Sports
May 13 - 11:22 AM

Boise State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Hank Bachmeier.

Bachmeier chooses the Broncos over offers from schools like Cal, Minnesota, Washington State, Utah and Vanderbilt; just to name a few. He's thrown for over 10,000 yards in his high school career, with 124 touchdowns to go along with it. He ranks eighth on 247 Sports composite rankings of pro-style quarterbacks, and 25th overall in the state of California.
May 11 - 5:12 PM

Boise State sophomore WR Octavius Evans scored two touchdowns in the spring game.

"That’s the go-to target in the red zone," junior safety DeAndre Pierce said of Evans. "He’s a worker. He’s big, physical, fast. Basically, he’s our prototype receiver, and to think that he’s only going into his sophomore year is kind of scary. I feel like the sky is the limit for him." Evans (6'1/195) finished the spring game with five catches for 124 yards. He's expected to start outside across from A.J. Richardson as the Broncos prepare for life without Cedrick Wilson.
May 9 - 6:20 PM

Boise State redshirt freshman RB Drake Beasley will transfer.

Interestingly, this does not appear to be a case of Beasley falling down the depth chart. To the contrary, Boise State's staff came away from the spring intrigued by the wrinkles the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder might be able to add to the offense. BSU RB coach Lee Marks, for instance, said of Beasley, "I’m excited to cut him loose a little bit, put him in some packages and some plays, just kind of see what he can do. I won’t be afraid to put him in." The former three-star recruit will have to sit out the upcoming season with his team-to-be unless he opts to bounce out of the FBS. While Beasley's loss does sting a little, the Broncos will be bringing in a pair of respectable freshmen this summer in Danny Smith and Andrew VanBuren and they'll have plenty of warm bodies to work with behind starter Alexander Mattison even beyond those two youngsters.
May 4 - 5:35 PM

Boise State senior QB Brett Rypien completed 15-of-19 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in the team's April spring game.

Rypien sliced and diced the second-string defense in the first half of the scrimmage before calling it a day. He'll have one last run with the Broncos during the upcoming season after throwing for 2,877 yards (62.6% completions) with a 16/6 TD/INT ratio in 2017. It was a down statistical campaign in terms of touchdown tosses, YPA and passing yardage compared to what he put forth during the 2016 campaign. Some of this was due to injury, but we also saw a fair bit of inconsistency from the quarterback even when he was healthy. Rypien's run with the Broncos to date has been a solid one, but he should still have room to grow and level up this year if he can maintain his health.
May 4 - 1:31 PM

Idaho senior LB Tony Lashley transferred to Boise State as a graduate.

Idaho may be dropping out of the FBS, but one of their key contributors over the past four seasons has managed to jump ship to the Vandals' better-looking in-state rivals down in Boise. Lashley (6'1/236) was a first-team All-Sun Belt performer for the past campaign, registering 123 tackles, 14 of which went for loss. He's posted 240 tackles over the past two seasons and should be able to find immediate playing time on a Broncos team in flux at the linebacker position following Leighton Vander Esch's embarkment to the NFL.
May 2 - 3:14 PM

Trinity Valley Junior College QB Jaylon Henderson transferred to Boise State.

Henderson (6'1/205) comes to the Broncos from the JUCO ranks, but before that he spent three seasons with UTSA. He ran for over 500 yards in 2017, so while he won't likely battle Brett Rypien for playing time as the starter, he could be a "gadget" player who comes in for special packages. We certainly have seen Boise State do similar things with quarterbacks.
May 1 - 4:09 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Dallas Cowboys a "B+" grade for their work in the draft.

Vander Esch could end up being a steal depending on whether or not his health issues end up being a factor. Kadar said "Dallas got a great athlete who can patrol the middle of the field. He’s an asset in coverage with his ability to read the quarterback and make a break on the ball." He also really liked the Cowboys selection of Texas OT Connor Williams in the second round who "could fit at tackle or guard in the NFL, particularly if the Cowboys want to move La’el Collins inside." In addition to Williams and Vander Esch, wide receiver Michael Gallup was one of Kadar's favorites at pick No. 81 to help replace Dez Bryant. The Cowboys had an all-around solid draft.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 3:19 PM

Cowboys selected Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson with the No. 208 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Wilson (6’2/197) spent two years with the Broncos after transferring from JUCO, tallying a prolific 139/2,640/18 receiving line on 19.0 yards per catch. In 2017, PFF College charted Wilson with 694 yards on targets thrown 20-plus yards downfield, second most among draft-eligible wideouts. Wilson is lanky and not particularly fast (4.55), somewhat raw in terms of ball skills as an ex-quarterback, and he needs weight-room work. Similar to his father Cedrick Sr. – a former Steeler and 49er – Cedrick Jr.’s ceiling is likely a No. 3 receiver capable of playing inside and outside but lacking star potential.
Apr 28 - 5:13 PM

Cowboys selected Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Receiver might be the Cowboys' biggest need following the release of Dez Bryant, but linebacker was a major area of concern as well. Vander Esch (6’4/256) earned 2017 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors as a redshirt junior, tallying 10 career tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles. PFF College credited him with 2017’s most run stops (57) and highest run-stop percentage (15.9%) among draft-eligible linebackers. Vander Esch drew comparisons to LaVar Arrington and Brian Urlacher before the draft, posting the highest SPARQ score (96th-percentile) in this year’s off-ball linebacker class. Supremely athletic with long arms (33 ¾") that help in coverage, Vander Esch is built to play on all three downs. As long as his health cooperates -- he was reportedly flagged for a neck issue by some teams -- Vander Esch should be a quality addition.
Apr 26 - 10:19 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that no teams have flunked Leighton Vander Esch because of his neck/spine issue.

"The information passed on to me from a general manager this morning is 27 teams gave Vander Esch a passing grade on his medicals, 5 teams flagged him while no team flunked him," Pauline writes. As he also notes, flagging and flunking are not the same thing: Flagging is moving down the board, flunking is taking him off the board entirely. The issue could keep Vander Esch from going in the first round, but there's still a chance that he goes in the first 32 picks on Thursday, with the Cowboys being the team most often linked to the former Boise State star.
Apr 26 - 1:42 PM

On the Stick to Football podcast, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported that five teams have taken Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch off their draft boards because of a "neck" and/or "spine" issue.

Miller explains: "It's a spine problem where they feel like it's narrowing. And for some teams that's just too much of a problem. It's too scary for them, they're not going to take that risk." Miller was unequivocal in his report. This dispatch mirrors news first reported by Walter Football's Charlie Campbell a little over a week ago. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom reported that Vander Esch's medical report included a concussion, a c-spine nerve injury and a minor knee injury. The concussion and pinched nerve occurred on the same play in 2016, injuries that ended his season prematurely. Whether the "narrowing" that Miller vaguely alludes to has anything to do with that injury or not is not yet known. Expect for this to be a storyline all day Thursday. Vander Esch has been considered a consensus Round 1 prospect throughout the process. We'll find out on Thursday night whether this news effects that status.
Apr 25 - 9:28 PM


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