Fiesta gear banned from BSU practice

February 24, 2007 

Boise State strength coach Tim Socha banned Fiesta Bowl gear from the Bronco football team's workouts this winter.

He wants players focused on the 2007 season — still six months away — rather than the biggest win in school history, which is less than two months old.

"They've done a great job of putting the past behind them," Socha said. "You can kind of tell they have a little chip on their shoulder … because no one thinks we can accomplish some of the things we did this past year again."

The Broncos wrap up winter conditioning next week, followed by strength and speed testing March 5-8. Spring practice begins March 12.

Players run and lift four days a week. Winter conditioning lasts eight weeks, including testing.

The workouts have been particularly grueling lately with twice-a-week conditioning at 5:45 a.m. That ends next week.

"This is when football is not very fun," senior offensive lineman Jeff Cavender said. "But this is also the part that makes you a better football player. … This is the kind of stuff that builds you into a football player and builds you into a Boise State Bronco."

Zabransky still answering questions about Fiesta Bowl

Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky, who is at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis, is looking forward to playing in the NFL, but he keeps getting questions about a play he made in college.

After falling behind Oklahoma 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos tied it with a stunning 50-yard touchdown on fourth-and-18 with 7 seconds to play.

"Every media event I've been associated with since then, I've probably been asked about that," he said. "I think that's something that's exciting, something that I'm going to live with for a long time."

Boise State won the game 43-42 in overtime.

"I think it was just a Cinderella effort of the little-engine-that-could," Zabransky said. "It's the type of thing where that game was broadcast everywhere. We have a guy that works with military people in Iraq and he said it gave those guys a lot of hope. It's really something special beyond football."

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