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Boise State WR coach Eric Kiesau said that redshirt sophomore WR Bryan Jefferson is "still raw at the position, but he can really run."

"He has to get better with some technique things we’re teaching him, but with him I think it’s his speed, his athleticism and the ability to catch the ball down the field," Kiesau said earlier this spring. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder -- a former three-star recruit -- has yet to log his first collegiate catch. He struggled with injury and did not take the field in 2016. Broncos HC Bryan Harsin said that he has seen "a lot of improvement" out of Jefferson this offseason. He will be fighting for a potential rotation role come the start of August camp.
May 23 - 9:55 PM

Boise State redshirt junior WR Sean Modster led the team with five receptions in the spring game.

Modster appeared in 10 games last season, making eight catches for 135 yards. Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller believes he may break out this season, because Cedrick Wilson is the only Bronco who recorded 15 or more receptions last season to return to campus. Brett Rypien needs to find new weapons, and Modster, who averaged nearly 17 yards per catch last year, is a candidate to step up.
May 20 - 12:35 PM

The Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn writes that Boise State redshirt freshman LB Desmond Williams "has a ton of athleticism and a nose for the ball."

"He dropped what looked like a pick-six in the spring game and forced a fumble, but the ball carrier was ruled down," Southorn writes. "Often in the spring, he worked with the first team, and could bring a unique twist to the position come fall." The 5-foot-11 203-pounder was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and ranked as Scout's No. 19 linebacking prospect in the state of California. BSU DC Andy Avalos singled out both Williams and DB Avery Williams as "young guys that learn, make good plays."
May 12 - 8:50 PM

Boise State redshirt freshman T Ezra Cleveland worked mainly with the first-team offense during spring practice.

"I think he’s going to be a good player. He’s got to get some more experience, get in the film room and learn a little bit," said HC Bryan Harsin. While the 6-foot-6, 303-pounder was seeing first-team work this spring, it should be noted that a starting spot is not guaranteed for the coming season, as John Molchon and Archie Lewis could both push him in August camp.
May 12 - 7:56 PM

Boise State HC Bryan Harsin said that redshirt freshman DB Avery Williams is "a guy that we expect will be out there playing for us and playing for us early in the season."

"He’s one of those guys that had an opportunity to come here and get his shot and he’s taken advantage of it," Harsin said of Williams' work this offseason. The 5-foot-9, 197-pounder, a walk-on in 2016, saw time at corner, nickel, running back and punt return during spring practice. He intercepted a pass during the Broncos' spring game and the Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn notes that Williams was "a ball hawk throughout the team’s practices."
May 12 - 6:15 PM

Boise State TE coach Kent Riddle said that redshirt freshman TE John Bates has "unlimited potential."

Bates was a multi-sport athlete in the truest sense of the phrase during high school, playing not only football (at wideout, defensive back and punter), but also basketball. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder was a track and field standout, too, excelling in both the 110-meter hurdles and javelin. ESPN graded him as a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. He took a redshirt during the past campaign. The Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn named him one of the standout performers this spring.
May 12 - 5:10 PM

Boise State senior WR Cedrick Wilson has been recovering from offseason ankle surgery this spring.

Due to that surgery, Wilson was limited to non-contact work during spring practice. With Thomas Sperbeck no longer on the team, we like the 6-foot-3, 183-pound Wilson to potentially go supernova during the coming campaign (assuming he is healthy at the end of August). This past season, he caught 56 passes for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns. "I think I’ll do a lot better if I can stay healthy the whole season. It’ll be much better than last year," Wilson said of his expectations for 2017.
May 5 - 7:55 PM

The Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn writes that Boise State sophomore RB Alexander Mattison will "be the Broncos’ No. 1 back coming into the fall."

Mattison, a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, was unable to participate in contact practice this spring due to an offseason shoulder surgery, but it looks like he won't be Wally Pipped in the competition to replace NFL-bound back Jeremy McNichols. This past season, the 6-foot, 200-pound Mattison rushed for 328 yards (4.9 YPC) and four touchdowns. As for the team's depth at the position, Ryan Wolpin, Robert Mahone and Drake Beasley could all see work to varying degrees behind Mattison during the coming season.
May 5 - 7:25 PM

Former Kansas redshirt senior QB Montell Cozart transferred to Boise State as a graduate.

An on-again, off-again starter for the Jayhawks, the athletic-but-limited Cozart elected to leave Lawrence after being bypassed on the depth chart by Carter Stanley and former Washington State QB Peyton Bender. With Brett Rypien entrenched as the Broncos' quarterback, we wonder if the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cozart is entertaining the idea of shifting positions.
May 4 - 2:27 PM

Bills selected Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo with the No. 195 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Vallejo was rumored to have drawn interest from the Carolina Panthers, so it is only fitting former Panthers coordinator Sean McDermott picks him up. McDermott is trying to add athleticism and speed to his linebacker position here. Vallejo missed a bulk of time at Boise State and tested in at 44th percentile.
Apr 29 - 4:23 PM

Bucs selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

McNichols (5’9/214) turned pro after three years at Boise, starting the final two and twice earning second-team All-Mountain West. He posted a career 571-3,205-44 (5.61 YPC) rushing line with 103 receptions, including 88 grabs over his final two years. PFF College charted McNichols with just two career drops. Also one of the best blitz-pickup backs in the draft, McNichols allowed just one sack over his final 237 pass-blocking snaps per PFF. McNichols helped himself in Indy, posting top-six SPARQ results among running backs with a 4.49 forty and 6.93 three-cone time. Similar to Travaris Cadet, McNichols profiles best as a passing-down specialist with a chance to develop into a Bilal Powell type.
Apr 29 - 2:51 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols to Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker.

This comp fits well in terms of both size (Booker sits at 5-foot-11, 218 pounds; McNichols at 5-foot-9, 214 pounds) and potential draft slot, as the Broncos drafted Booker in the fourth round of last spring's draft -- very similar to McNichols' stock projection. Writes Zierlein, "McNichols needs work in pass protection and will likely create yardage with wiggle more than power, but he has the ability to contribute on all three downs and could find early work in a committee before challenging for starter's reps."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 10:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Buffalo Bills "think highly" of Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo.

Keep Buffalo in mind for Day 3 of the draft, when Vallejo is likely to go off the board. The Bills are showing interest, as are the Falcons and Panthers. Those latter two squads have set up private workouts for the 6-foot-1, 226-pounder. Injuries have proven problematic for Vallejo in the past, including a broken wrist which required surgery near the end of the 2016 season. He was able to work the bench press on pro day, a good sign that the wrist is feeling up to snuff.
Mar 31 - 4:04 PM

Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds during Thursday's pro day.

Sperbeck's 4.47s sprint topped all comers at the Boise State pro day. "I think especially today I kind of surprised some people with my times. I think some guys don’t think I have the athletic ability, but I think I do, and I’m pretty football smart, so I have that going for me," said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout. Sperbeck exited stage left in Boise as the program's all-time leading receiver with 3,601 yards. He has topped 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons. Unless a squad takes a flier on him in Round 6 or Round 7, Sperbeck will probably have to find an NFL home as an undrafted free agent.
Mar 31 - 12:33 PM

Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo has private workouts scheduled with the Falcons and the Panthers.

Vallejo tested in the 32nd percentile at the NFL Combine and stands at 6-foot-1 and 228-pounds. He projects as a third day prospect for depth and special teams value.
Source: Idaho Press
Mar 31 - 11:36 AM


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