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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. indicated that he believes Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck could carve out a role in the NFL.

While Kiper likes Sperbeck's skill-set, Day 3 is the best he can realistically hope for come the draft. Undrafted free agency is also well within the field of play for the 6-foot, 175-pounder. Said Kiper on his Thursday conference call, "I think he can make it as a slot receiver in this league with his smarts and his hands and his concentration." Sperbeck's career at Boise State was of the brilliant variety, as he surpassed 1,200 yards receiving in each of his final two seasons with the Broncos.
Jan 19 - 8:58 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Boise State has hired former Fresno State OC Eric Kiesau to serve as WR coach.

Kiesau not only acted as offensive coordinator last season, he had a four-game cup of head-coaching coffee when he stepped as interim head coach in the wake of Tim DeRuyter's in-season termination. Among Kiesau's previous collegiate stops, Utah State, Cal, Colorado, Washington and Kansas. Plus a one-year gig as offensive analyst for Alabama in 2015.
Jan 17 - 3:09 PM

Boise State AD Curt Apsey indicated that he does not believe HC Bryan Harsin will be taking the open head-coaching position at Minnesota.

Current Minnesota AD Mark Coyle hired Harsin at Boise State in 2013 during his tenure with the Broncos. Despite that obvious connection, Apsey is outwardly unconcerned, saying, "What I can tell you about coach Harsin is he is interested in being the coach at Boise State and that’s where his focus is. He is, without a doubt, 100 percent focused on getting his staff and his team prepared for 2017." We have yet to see Harsin's name seriously linked to Minnesota. It was reported back in December that he did interview with Oregon after the Ducks fired HC Mark Helfrich, but that job ultimately went to USF HC Willie Taggart.
Jan 5 - 8:08 PM

Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols has dealt with a shoulder injury that could complicate his draft process, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline states McNichols has dealt with the injury for about a year, so note if it pops up during NFL Combine medicals or team visits. A number of running backs could have shoulder check ups, including McNichols and Dalvin Cook. It is worth nothing that McNichols carried the ball 314 times this season. If everything goes well, McNichols could land in the third round.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Boise State junior RB Jeremy McNichols rushed for 46 yards on 19 carries in the school's 31-12 loss to Baylor.

It was a disappointing end to McNichols' college career, as Boise State could not get going against Baylor's defense. McNichols added 24 receiving yards and could be in line for a second day selection, depending on the rest of the draft process.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:39:00 AM

Boise State junior RB Jeremy McNichols will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reported that McNichols would take the plunge earlier on Monday. The Boise State star made it official via a lengthy Twitter post later in the day. This past season, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound junior rushed for 1,663 yards and 23 touchdowns over the course of 12 games played. McNichols could potentially land as a Day 2 pick when all is said and done.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Boise State redshirt junior QB Tommy Stuart will transfer.

Stuart initially joined the Broncos in the spring of 2014, after spending his freshman campaign at Butte Junior College. While he posted a prolific season with Butte, throwing for 1,927 yards with a 29/3 TD/INT ratio, the playing time just hasn't been there in the Boise Valley. The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder attempted just 23 passes at BSU -- and a mere five this season. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program in 2017.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:12:00 PM

Boise State junior RB Jeremy McNichols will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Bruce Feldman.

Tony Pauline reported the same since December 9. In 12 games this season, McNichols rushed for 1,663 yards and 23 touchdowns. With running backs like Nick Chubb and Royce Freeman returning to school, McNichols might have a better chance of being a day two selection, but not matter what the running back class is ripe with talent.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Boise State dismissed redshirt sophomore S Sumner-Gardner.

"Due to a violation of team rules and a continuation of academic issues from earlier this season," the Broncos said in a statement released to the Idaho Press-Tribune, "at this point in time Dylan Sumner-Gardner is not a member of the Boise State football team." This marks the end of the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder's rocky career in the Boise Valley. He was suspended for the Poinsettia Bowl last season due to a violation of team rules and was also held out of the first four games of the 2016 campaign due to academic issues. And now an outright dismissal. Even had he remained in good standing, he would still be missing BSU's upcoming Cactus Bowl date with Baylor following his undergoing shoulder surgery on Thursday. The former four-star recruit was one of the biggest to ever land with the Broncos, ranking as Rivals' No. 54 overall prospect for the 2014 cycle.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Boise State redshirt sophomore S Dylan Sumner-Gardner is undergoing shoulder surgery.

This, according to Sumner-Gardner's mother, who tweeted that the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder was "getting his shoulder pinned back together" on Thursday morning. He figures to miss Boise State's Cactus Bowl showdown with Baylor due to this shoulder procedure. To say that the 2016 campaign has been a rocky one for Sumner-Gardner would be an understatement. The redshirt sophomore safety was suspended for the first four games of the season due to his failing to hit NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:58:00 PM

Boise State redshirt sophomore RB Cory Young will transfer.

Looks like both player and team are having a magnanimous parting. Said HC Bryan Harsin, "Cory’s a great kid, sometimes this time of year, guys look at opportunities." The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder -- a three-star recruit out of high school -- will not be taking part in Cactus Bowl action against Baylor on December 27. Young has seen 10 carries this season, rushing for 48 yards in that space.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Boise State junior WR Cedrick Wilson says he hasn't thought about declaring for the NFL Draft yet.

"I haven’t really thought about that, I’m just worried about finishing out the season," Wilson said. Wilson has 50 catches for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first season with the school following a transfer from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Whenever he enters the league, Wilson will be following in his dad's footsteps. Wilson’s father -- who's also named Cedrick -- played seven seasons for the 49ers and Steelers.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Boise State HC Bryan Harsin said that junior RB Jeremy McNichols has not made a draft decision as of yet.

Harsin indicated that he will discuss with McNichols a potential draft jump in the future. We may not have to wait long. Boise State will play Baylor in the Cactus Bowl on December 27 and the 5-foot-9, 205-pound junior figures to have settled on a future plan in the vicinity of that bowl. In 12 games this season, he has rushed for 1,663 yards and 23 touchdowns. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relayed in late October that McNichols was torn on whether to throw his hat into the draft ring. Given that earlier report, it should not be automatically assumed that he will declare. The Boise Valley is an alluring place.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:07:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Oregon has interviewed Boise State HC Bryan Harsin and South Florida HC Willie Taggart for their open head-coaching position.

Oregon parted ways with HC Mark Helfrich this past week. While McMurphy relays that Harsin and Taggart have both received interviews for the vacant position, USA Today has also floated Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck as a potential candidate, here. The Ducks finished the 2016 season with a 4-8 record.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Boise State junior RB Jeremy McNichols was named second-team All-Mountain West.

That McNichols made an all-conference team is of no surprise. More of a surprise, the fact that he wasn't named a first-teamer. In 12 regular-season games, the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder has rushed for 1,663 yards (5.6 YPC) and 23 touchdowns. The collective opposition held him to under 100 yards rushing just three times and held him out of the end zone all of once (congrats, Utah State!). The two first-team backs to come out of the conference were San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey (1,908 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Wyoming's Brian Hill (1,674 yards, 21 touchdowns), so it isn't exactly like McNichols lost out to a pair of scrubs.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:27:00 PM


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