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Boise State redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Bea has left the team.

Bea (6'3/215) walked on at Boise State this offseason, coming over from the JUCO ranks. He did have one nice play in the Broncos' spring game -- a 69-yard touchdown pass -- but this should be considered nothing more than a depth loss for HC Bryan Harsin and staff. Brett Rypien, Chase Cord and Jaylon Henderson will work as the team's top three quarterbacks for the coming campaign.
Jul 10 - 12:38 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter lists Boise State junior RB Alexander Mattison as the most underrated player on the Broncos.

Mattison had a breakout campaign for the Broncos in 2018; rushing for 1,086 yards and 12 scores; and he really came on strong down the stretch. Trotter calls the tailback the "perfect complement to quarterback Brett Rypien, with the ability to bury opposing defenses on his own." If Mattison is healthy -- he had surgery in the offseason on his leg -- he could put up big numbers in the MWC, and Boise State will have a great chance as repeating as conference champions.
Source: ESPN
Jul 1 - 1:38 PM

Boise State redshirt senior TE Chase Blakley (ankle) was healthy enough to participate in the team's spring game.

Blakley (6'4/234) saw his season ended before it had even really begun last year, sustaining a campaign-killing ankle injury which required surgery on Sept. 9, in a loss to Washington State. With Jake Roh having moved on from the collegiate game, Blakley will be looking to carve out playing time in competition with the likes of Matt Pistone, John Bates and Tyneil Hopper come the start of August camp. He should probably be considered the favorite for significant offensive work, but has yet to post any notable statistical output during his time in the Boise Valley.
Jun 27 - 1:47 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter lists Boise State redshirt sophomore DE Curtis Waver as the most exciting player to watch on the Broncos in 2018.

As Trotter notes, it was Leighton Vander Esch who got most of the publicity in 2017 -- and for good reason -- but Weaver was a huge part of the BSU defense as well. He had 11 sacks, and he registered 13 tackles for loss on the season while helping Boise State win a conference title. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defender could receive more draft hype if he puts up similar numbers for the Broncos in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

The Idaho Press-Tribune's B.J. Rains views Boise State redshirt sophomore DE Curtis Weaver as an intriguing prospect should he declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Weaver (6'3/266) burst onto the scene in BSU's hybrid STUD role last season, earning first-team All-Mountain West plaudits for his work over the course of the year. The redshirt sophomore finished the campaign having registered 33 tackles (13.0 for loss), 11 sacks and an interception. Rains' only real question when it comes to Weaver -- who signed on with Boise State as a highly-recruited three-star prospect in 2016 -- is whether he'll seriously consider declaring at the end of the upcoming season.
May 31 - 3:17 PM

Boise State redshirt junior WR Akilian Butler (ACL) remains sidelined.

Butler (5'10/193) suffered the season-ending knee injury in early September last year against Washington State. He's been a complimentary player all his career, and will resume that pursuit whenever he's fit to return.
May 27 - 4:56 PM

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


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