The 2014 player banners are going up on the east side of Albertsons Stadium this week. Boise State announced the players, words and designs Monday.
Discipline: senior wide receiver Matt Miller.
Conviction: junior tailback Jay Ajayi.
Bleed Blue: junior cornerback Donte Deayon.
Toughness: senior nickel Corey Bell.
First-year coach Bryan Harsin said in the spring that he wanted to see three qualities from his team — discipline, toughness and conviction. That explains why those words were chosen. Here is that story.
Here is a story I wrote last fall on the history of the player banners, which have been there since 2009.
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The Boise State football team apparently is scrimmaging this morning. The Broncos originally were scheduled to hold two practices today, both partially open to the media. The schedule was changed to one closed practice after last week’s closed scrimmage.
The public scrimmage is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bronco Stadium.
You can watch today's interviews with tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz and linebacker Ben Weaver above. I'll have more on them later in the week.
Boise State fans finally should get to see Chanceller James play this year.
James was on the bubble for playing time as a true freshman in 2012. He was named the Special Teams Scout Player of the Year for his work in practice.
He expected to become one of the program’s most active special-teamers in 2013, but he tore an anterior cruciate ligament early in fall camp.
A year later, he’s fully recovered and back where he started — trying to carve out a niche on special teams and compete for a place in a loaded secondary.
“The first 10 days have been a blast,” he said Saturday. “Just out there playing with my team, my family, is a really great experience.
“ That was my main goal last year was to make sure I was on all the special teams and flying around and making an impact for the team. Getting injured was a humbling experience.”
James took advantage of his year on the sideline by becoming a student of the game. Then-defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake gave him an assignment: Break down opposing wide receivers and provide reports to his teammates.
“It was a really fun experience,” James said. “That gave me a role. It kept me from staying away, getting sad. An ACL is a very traumatic injury.”
James is practicing at three spots — free safety, strong safety and nickel. That should enhance his chances of finding a role on defense.
“The first day, I was shaking off the rust,” he said. “Now it’s time to get ready for Ole Miss.”
There’s an Ice Bucket Challenge going around on social media to raise awareness for ALS. Somebody takes an ice-bucket bath, posts the video to social media and includes a challenge for someone else to do it. The challenge has now hit Boise State football.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, challenged by one of his former coworkers at Stanford, posted the above video of his Ice Bucket Challenge. He challenged several Boise State staffers to do the same within 24 hours — Joel Filani, Byron Hout, Thomas Byrd, Kriss Proctor and Tommy Smith.
Colorado State has given football coach Jim McElwain a raise and extension. McElwain now will make $1.5 million and have a buyout of $7.5 million. Read more here.
McElwain is 12-14 in two seasons with the Rams, but he took them to a bowl last year. He is a former Alabama offensive coordinator.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin will make $1 million this year and next year. His buyout starts at $2 million. Full details here.
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