Boise State football bobbleheads, Blue Thunder and a brand-new Bronco

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comAugust 30, 2013 

MARSING NATIVE SHEA MCCLELLIN,

now playing for the Chicago Bears, will be one of four bobbleheads sold at 70 Treasure Valley Jacksons Food Stores this season (Oct. 11). Others this year will be Jamar Taylor (Sept. 27), D.J. Harper (Oct. 25) and a new Buster Bronco (Nov. 8).

WILL THERE BE MORE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR?

In the past, Jacksons has released 2,500 of each player (though it was double that for Kellen Moore last year). This year, 5,000 will be released of each player, and 7,000 of Buster Bronco.

FANS WHO LINE UP AT STORES WILL GET A NUMBER

That should ensure that those who wait don’t leave empty-handed, as some did last year.

BE PREPARED TO PAY MORE

The bobbleheads will be $12 each, or $7 with purchase of two 20-ounce Coke products (buyers will also receive $4 worth of Jacksons coupons). Last year, they were $7 each, or $5 with two Blue Bunny ice cream products.

BOBBLEHEAD FEVER SPREADS

Fans of the Nevada Wolfpack, Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks will be able to buy bobbleheads at Jacksons stores in Reno, Corvallis and Eugene this year. Colin Kaepernick will be released Oct. 25. For all release dates, go to facebook.com/jacksonsfoodstores.

BSU’S BLUE THUNDER MARCHING BAND

hasn’t traveled for regular season games in many years — and won’t be at the season opener in Seattle. But the nearly 150-member band will travel by bus to Fresno State on Sept. 20, said director Joe Tornello. This Saturday, the band will play at a tailgate party 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chick-Fil-A, Broadway and Front streets, in Boise. The band is prepping for the Sept. 7 home opener.

NEW BRONCO ON THE BLUE

A new horse and rider will be charging onto the field at home games this year (Kuna’s Chelsi Horton did it for three years). This fall, BSU freshman Beth Ferrell from Nampa and her Morgan /quarter horse cross Shyann will carry on thetradition.

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