Chadd's Blog — Dec. 28, 2006

December 28, 2006 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Boise State football team held its second practice in Arizona on Thursday at Scottsdale Community College.

The Broncos wore full pads for the workout, which was the equivalent of a Tuesday practice during a regular game week.

They also had a guest - former BSU coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter, fired by Arizona State after this season, is expected to attend the Fiesta Bowl on Monday. BSU coach Chris Petersen, who worked with Koetter at Oregon, offered Koetter a sideline pass.

Koetter coached at BSU from 1998 to 2000.

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Boise State senior tight end Jared Hunter was sent home Wednesday for violating an unspecified team rule, sports information director Max Corbet said Thursday. Hunter was the only player sent home, Corbet said.

Hunter was a contributor at tight end, rotating in behind Derek Schouman, Ryan Putnam and Richie Brockel. He had one catch for 6 yards this season.

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Key BSU defensive personnel and Oklahoma offensive personnel met with the media Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:

* BSU defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox gave rave reviews for the coaches' dinner Wednesday night, which included coaches from both teams.

It was a fancy meal at a fancy hotel - the Arizona Biltmore.

"It was a really, really good steak," Wilcox said. "Like a filet. I could have had about seven of them. ... They had like nine forks. I was kind of watching everyone around me trying not to make an idiot of myself, which I'm sure I did."

* BSU players talked about the hospitality of the Fiesta Bowl staff and volunteers.

"You're living the life of a king," senior linebacker Colt Brooks said.

* Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson declared himself 100 percent healthy.

"I knocked the rust off," he said. "I had a lot of time to get back. I feel like I'm ready."

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said the Sooners will mix backups Allen Patrick and Chris Brown into the lineup because they played so well while Peterson was injured.

* Wilson tuned into bowl games involving BSU opponents San Jose State, Utah and Hawaii to help gauge how good Boise State is. All three won.

"You're playing a team that looks awfully good who in some ways you know little about," Wilson said, "and you're trying to get a feel for that."

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Here's what to expect in tomorrow's Idaho Statesman:

* A story on Ian Johnson and the other star young running backs in the country. Johnson finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting among sophomore running backs.

* Columnist Brian Murphy says the Sooners needed to do some research to find out who they were playing in the Fiesta Bowl.

* Boise State players talk about the Fiesta Bowl hospitality.

* Learn more about Peterson.

* Profiles of Boise State defensive end Mike G. Williams and Oklahoma kick returner/safety Reggie Smith.

* News and notes.

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