Boise State Football

Chadd's Blog — Dec. 27, 2006

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Boise State practiced Wednesday at Scottsdale Community College for the first time since breaking for Christmas on Saturday.

The Broncos will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Scottsdale CC, then hold a walk-through at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. Scottsdale CC has one full practice field and two half practice fields.

The Broncos seemed to have good energy in the 15 minutes of practice the media was allowed to watch.

The Fiesta Bowl requires both teams to have 15 minutes of two practices open to the media. Both teams opted for today and tomorrow. The rest of practices are closed.

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Backup offensive lineman Dan Gore met the team at Scottsdale CC on Wednesday. He got a round of applause from teammates.

Gore was stranded in Pasco, Wash., on Tuesday because of a problem with his travel plans.

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A Sports Illustrated reporter is spending the week with the Broncos — attending practices, team meetings and team functions — to write a behind-the-scenes story for the magazine that will run after the Fiesta Bowl.

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The Broncos‚ plans to attend the Phoenix Suns game on Friday fell through because the school could not acquire enough tickets.

Some players will attend the Insight Bowl featuring Minnesota and Texas Tech that night at Sun Devil Stadium.

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Don't miss tomorrow‚s edition of the Idaho Statesman if you're intrigued by University of Phoenix Stadium, the $450 million home of the Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl.

Photographer Joe Jaszewski and I toured the stadium this morning for about an hour. We‚ll have a full page feature on the stadium — with eight or nine photos and all the facts you'd want to know about the retractable roof and retractable field.

Best of all, you can see the field — painted end zones and all — sitting in the parking lot so the grass can grow.

Also tomorrow:

• Boise State‚s special teams have given up some big plays this year. Oklahoma is sound in special teams, so the Broncos know they need to play well in that area.

"We're going to need to get some field-position advantage somewhere in that game and we‚re going to need to make sure we don't give up any big plays in that area," special teams coach Jeff Choate said.

• A feature on Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly.

• Quick profiles of BSU kicker Anthony Montgomery and Oklahoma defensive lineman Carl Pendleton.

• News and notes.

• The matchup between Boise State‚s run game and Oklahoma‚s run defense.

• And columnist Brian Murphy asks the Broncos how they're going to avoid a sense of awe on game day.