Chadd's blog — Aug. 9, 2006

Idaho StatesmanAugust 9, 2006 

— Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and starting quarterback Jared Zabransky said today they’re pleased with the offense’s progress through the first eight days of fall camp.

“Things are going well,” Harsin said. “… Everyone is progressing like they should right now.”

The Broncos’ playmakers, in particular, have looked good — guys like tailback Ian Johnson and wideouts Jerard Rabb, Legedu Naanee, Drisan James and Vinny Perretta. Plus, the offensive line bounced back from an unusual poor outing Tuesday with a strong performance this morning.

“We’re really sharp right now for being the early days of fall camp,” Zabransky said. “You can really tell that our summer paid off for us.”

Fans can check out the offense’s progress Thursday night at Bronco Stadium. The first fall scrimmage will begin at about 7:15 p.m. Practice starts at 6:30.

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Tony Volponi, a senior offensive lineman, is making a push for playing time.

Volponi spent much of this morning’s practice with the first-team offensive line as the right guard. He split time with senior Ryan Keating.

Volponi and Keating are both converted tackles. Keating was a part-time starter last year at right tackle, and Volponi was used as a blocking tight end at times against Louisiana Tech.

Volponi was coach Chris Petersen’s player of the day Tuesday on Broncosports.com.

The Broncos practice again at 4 p.m. today.

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Walk-on linebacker Steven Wulff and walk-on offensive lineman Chris Mackrill have left the team. That’s four walk-ons who have left during fall camp.

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Sophomore wide receiver Aiona Key has missed two days of practice to deal with a personal matter at home in California. He’s expected to return Thursday.

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Boise State launched a revamped broncosports.com today. The new site includes a subscription component — for $9.95 per month, or $69.95 per year, fans can watch live sporting events, archived sporting events, season highlights and interviews. Six football games will be shown live on the Web this year — games vs. Sacramento State, Hawaii, Utah State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and Idaho.

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Today’s links:

Dan Hawkins and his new players address the media in Boulder, Colo.: http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=535302

Korey Hall featured in Carson City, Nev., newspaper: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20060809/SPORTS/108090054

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville explains why the game-clock rules were changed: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2544174

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