PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: JEREMY IOANE
The junior safety is one of two Boise State players from Oahu. The other is true freshman defensive end Kamalei Correa.
It always feels nice to come back home, especially in this nice weather, Ioane said Friday as one of Boise States representatives at the kickoff press conference. Id rather be in 80 degrees than 20 degrees.
The only downside: He is everyones favorite tour guide.
I kind of feel like sometimes I have to chaperone, he said. But we have smart guys on this team. They can figure it out.
Ioane quietly was one of the Broncos best defensive players this season. He doesnt speak to the media often, and his physical play isnt always reflected in the stat sheet, but he has the respect of coaches around the Mountain West.
Ioane was named to the All-MW second team this year despite finishing tied for seventh on the team with 49 tackles.
Hes one of the smartest guys we have back there, interim coach Bob Gregory said. Hes able to make all the calls. He plays with great energy, great anticipation. Hes a very physical defender when it comes to defending the run.
STAYING OR GOING?
Washington and Boise State havent announced the coaches who will leave for Seattle after the bowl game.
The Idaho Statesman has reported running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, offensive line coach Chris Strausser and strength coach Tim Socha have accepted jobs at Washington with former Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
The Seattle Times reported quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith has taken a job there. And Gregory, the linebackers coach, hasnt talked to new Boise State coach Bryan Harsin about a job, so its likely hes headed west as well.
But senior center Matt Paradis said the coaches have been straight with the players.
Theyre good with communication, he said. Theyre good at keeping everything open and telling us what they know. Were a family. No matter what happens and where anyone goes, Im going to keep in touch with all those guys for a long time.
Two coaches definitely will stay: tight ends/special teams coach Scott Huff (as offensive line coach) and defensive line coach Andy Avalos (assignment TBA).
The best way for the Broncos to relieve the stress of recent weeks: practice.
Its been a lot of drama just with all the coaching changes, sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi said. Just for us to get back to what we do what we do is play football for us to get back to that is so refreshing. Thats when you dont have to worry about who your coach is.
The running backs have experienced perhaps the most drama. They lost their head coach, Petersen, and position coach, Bhonapha the only position coach who left immediately. They also have lost a player (freshman Aaron Baltazar decided to transfer) and had another player (junior Derrick Thomas) suspended for the bowl trip for a violation of team standards.
Graduate assistant Louie Rodriguez and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Robert Prince are coaching the running backs.
Its been a group effort from our coaching staff, just taking us under their wings, since we really dont have a running backs coach right now, Ajayi said.
Boise State sophomore receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes wore a boot on his left leg at practice. He is considered a game-time decision because of ankle surgery. Safety Taylor Loffler worked out on the side with the injured players. Boise State is the home team but will wear white jerseys, white pants and blue helmets. Oregon State will wear white pants, black jerseys and black helmets.
Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat