Boise State offensive graduate assistant Thomas Byrd, a former center for the Broncos, has accepted a full-time coaching position at Division II New Mexico Highlands.
Byrd was a graduate assistant under coach Bryan Harsin at Arkansas State in 2013 and Boise State in 2014. He had been scheduled to return in 2015.
Byrd was a four-year starter for the Broncos from 2008 to 2011.
He is the second member of the Broncos’ non-full-time staff to get a full-time job this week. Graduate assistant offensive quality control staffer Kriss Proctor announced Sunday that he will be the wide receivers coach at Indiana State, where he’ll work for Mike Sanford. Sanford is the father of former Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.
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Former Boise State wide receiver Don Hutt, one of the school’s all-time greats, has died, according to his twin brother Ron. Hutt lived in Boise and was 62 years old.
Hutt owned the school records for career receptions (189) and career touchdown catches (30) until 2010. He shared the record for touchdown catches in a season (13) with fellow Borah High grad Mike Holton until 2009.
Austin Pettis broke the career receptions record in 2010 and Hutt now ranks fourth, behind Matt Miller (244), Pettis and Titus Young. Pettis also broke the career TD catches mark in 2010 (39) and Hutt ranks second.
Pettis broke the single-season TD record in 2009 (14). Tyler Shoemaker topped that with 16 in 2011, leaving Hutt and Holton tied for third.
Hutt also ranks fifth in career receiving yards (2,728) and tied for second in career 100-yard receiving games (11).
Hutt was a first-team All-American in 1973. He was an honorable-mention pick in 1971 and 1972. He made the All-Big Sky first team each of those seasons.
In 2009, Hutt credited former coach Tony Knap’s offense for his huge numbers.
"(Knap) was a mastermind when it came to the passing game," Hutt told the Idaho Statesman. "It was a lot of finesse and I just played smart."