Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin said Thursday the Broncos will start junior Archie Lewis at left tackle, but senior Will Adams also will see time Saturday at Louisiana.
Lewis started eight games last season, moving out of the starting lineup after a rough showing at BYU, but back in for the final six contests as the Broncos dealt with injuries. Adams is a graduate transfer from Auburn who played 38 games for the Tigers but did not start.
“Right now, I think Archie will go out and start, certainly has earned that opportunity,” Harsin said. “Will will play as well. ... we have two good options there. Certainly will see both out there.”
Harsin also said the team will travel “six, maybe seven” true freshmen to Louisiana. He noted defensive back DeAndre Pierce and defensive tackle Chase Hatada as two who have stood out and also said running back Alexander Mattison will definitely play. Other freshmen in that mix are defensive tackle Sonatane Lui, cornerback Reid Harrison-Ducros, safety Kekoa Nawahine and receiver Bubba Ogbebor.
Junior walk-on running back Ryan Wolpin was placed on scholarship Tuesday.
“He’s a guy ... that’s played well, and continues to just take care of business on and off the field,” Harsin said.
Running backs coach Lee Marks said Wednesday “it’s been in the works for awhile now,” and that he’d told Wolpin to be patient, that he no one would be more proud than him. When Wolpin got the news, he called his mom, prompting her to shed a few tears.
Marks noted how Wolpin played well late last season, carrying 16 times for 97 yards in the final two games, pointing out his 11-yard rush on a third-and-11 that kept a drive alive, down 10-9 in the third quarter in the regular season finale at San Jose State. The drive ended with a touchdown that made it 16-10 and the Broncos never trailed again.
“I try to slow him down sometimes,” Marks said. “I never have to worry about his effort at all, just his mentality when he steps on the field, he does a phenomenal job.”
More from Marks:
▪ On senior Devan Demas: “Devan has been consistent as far as taking some steps forward as far as being a better running back, more consistent, a little more physical, especially for his size.”
▪ On sophomore Cory Young: “(He’s) done a great job ... I’ll probably say, if you looked at especially the beginning of fall camp, he’s probably the guy that attacked it the most and really got after it, so I’m excited about him.”
▪ On his group: “The pass pro(tection) for us has been the best it’s ever been, I’m super excited about that, seeing those guys go out and operate.”
▪ On freshman Alexander Mattison: “Alexander’s a special kid. Very, very talented. He’s obviously extremely smart, you look at him, he looks like he’s a senior ... he’s done a good job, taking the reps I’ve been able to get him.”
Here is a replay of the live chat I hosted today. As always, a good time: