Chadd's Blog — Aug. 24, 2006

The Idaho StatesmanAugust 24, 2006 

— Two things are abundantly clear about Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky this fall.

He will run more than he did last year.

And he’s happier.

Zabransky has been carving up the Broncos’ defense with his legs in practice — committing to the run sooner and more decisively.

He’s still going through his progression in the pass game, coaches say, but they want him to get downfield quickly if the pass isn’t there.

“He’s going to give defenses fits,” BSU coach Chris Petersen said. “…I’m just really hopeful we can run him a lot and he’s smart with his body. If he can do that, he’ll be quite the weapon.”

Zabransky also says he’s having more fun this fall. Gone is the surly, frustrated junior of last year.

In his place is a smiling, friendly senior.

“I put too much pressure on myself last year,” Zabransky said. “That was something I inflicted on myself. I’m just out here having fun right now. I’m enjoying being around my guys, this senior class. It’s a time to have fun.”

Read more about Zabransky and the Broncos’ quarterbacks in Friday’s edition of the Idaho Statesman.

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BSU senior linebacker Korey Hall was named to the Butkus Award watch list Thursday as one of the top linebackers in the country.

He’s one of 65 candidates.

Hall also was named to watch lists for the Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

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Today’s links:

Nevada’s ‘Pistol’ gets national attention: http://www.ncaafootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=34&url_article_id=7038&change_well_id=2

Nevada linebacker began his career as a nose tackle: http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060824/SPORTS06/608240329/1018/SPORTS

Hawaii will travel more than NFL teams this year: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060824/SPORTS02/608240342/1032/SPORTS

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