I spoke to two Boise State football seniors today — safety Darian Thompson and center Marcus Henry — about the transition to preparing for the 2015 season. I’ve edited together their best comments in the video above — including their thoughts on opening the season against Washington and former coach Chris Petersen. “This is something that probably is going to be publicized from this point on till the game is over,” Thompson said. “It’s something we’re looking forward to but at the same time we have a whole season ahead so we’re not going to put everything into that one game.”
(Note: I tried something a little different today. The notes below and the quotes in the video don’t overlap, so to get all the content, you’ll need to read the post and watch the video. Email me at email@example.com if you have a strong preference for this format or my usual format, which is to post raw interview videos and write about all of the best quotes.)
A few notes:
— The Broncos run and lift on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They have yoga on Wednesdays and they held their first player-run practice of the year Friday. The workouts are held in the mornings. The offensive and defensive linemen lift together at 6:45 a.m. “We set the tone for this program and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” Henry said of the early start.
— Both players mentioned the need for a better start to the season. The Broncos were 3-2 to start 2014 and they have lost their last three season openers. “We’re going to have to play better as a team early on,” Thompson said. “Last year, we kind of struggled with that a little bit. That’s where our losses came. If we can get together as a team now and play as a team from now through the rest of the season, we’ll be all right.”
— Henry on the offensive line in 2014: “I was happy with how physical we played. Something I’d like to improve is how good our pass protection was. We had a goal every week of no sacks. I don’t think we got our goal once.” He’s right. The Broncos allowed at least one sack in every game, including just one in each of the final two games.
— The first day of spring ball likely will be Monday, March 9. Coach Bryan Harsin has said the schedule format will be the same as last year. That also would put the Spring Game on April 11. I hope to confirm those dates later today.
I’ll have a story off these interviews in Saturday’s newspaper.
From earlier: Jay Ajayi gets combine invite.
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