The Broncos are back in black.
For the first time since 2015, the Boise State football team will don all-black uniforms when it lines up against Air Force for a black out on Friday, Sept. 20, at Albertsons Stadium.
But the uniforms themselves won’t be a blast from the past. The team unveiled a fresh set of all-black threads on Monday.
“Yesterday when we showed the team, it was fired up. Everything was just crazy,” Boise State redshirt junior Curtis Weaver said. “When I first saw them, I was like: ‘Nah, this is fake. This is just one jersey probably.’ But we got it, and we’re finally happy we got them.”
The alternate uniform design was a collaboration with Nike that began in the summer of 2017. The jersey retains the current theme of two stripes on the shoulder — representing speed and power — and the collar remains blue with the words “blue collar” printed inside along the neck line. The stripes and lettering are a reflective dark gray, and the jersey numbers are outlined in blue.
The matte black helmet that accompanies the look went through a new dipping process that involved a chrome blue horse-head logo on the side, which is now a permanent part of the helmet instead of a decal sticker. The helmet features a blue chrome face mask that matches the blue outline on the numbers, the blue collar and the black and blue Nike game cleats.
“Of course wearing all black, we’re going to treat it like a funeral,” Weaver said, “... for the other team.”
The Broncos have worn all-black uniforms on five occasions, starting with an Oct. 20, 2012, game against UNLV. They also sported the look against Nevada in 2013, San Diego State in 2014 and BYU and New Mexico in 2015.
Fans can purchase replica versions of the new black jerseys at the BroncoShop or online at BroncoShop.com.
Earlier this summer, the Idaho Statesman conducted a series of polls to determine which Boise State uniform combination was most loved by fans. The all-blue look received 44 percent of the votes, while the Fiesta Bowl combo received 37 percent and the old all-black combo 19 percent. The all-black combo was the choice as favorite alternate uniform look.
DeRose shocked by scholarship
It was the day before the start of fall camp, and redshirt junior Bruno DeRose was concentrating on the task at hand.
Coach Bryan Harsin had asked DeRose to read aloud the camp expectations to his teammates.
But what Harsin said after DeRose finished reading blew him away.
“He said that I’d been doing the right thing since I’ve been here,” DeRose said. “He said I was a guy who walked on and now I deserve to be put on scholarship. The team went crazy.”
It was a gratifying moment for the middle linebacker from Pueblo, Colorado, who couldn’t wait to call home and tell his family the news.
“It was the best phone call I’ve ever made, hands down,” DeRose said. “It was awesome, because I wouldn’t be here without them.”
DeRose redshirted in 2016 and then played in 14 games in 2017, primarily on special teams. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 223-pounder appeared in 13 games with one start, registering 10 tackles. His best game came in the season opener at Troy in which he made five tackles, including two solo.
“I’ve been with Bruno since I got here, and it kind of makes you all teary-eyed, because you see guys like that who just bust their butt every single day and don’t say anything,” Boise State senior Chase Hatada said. “They just keep their head down and work and finally for him to get noticed, it’s just really exciting. So I’m happy for him.”