Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin appeared on 93.1 KTIK FM on Friday and touched on many different topics surrounding the Broncos. Perhaps most notably, he said junior receiver Rick Smith is still part of the team and is expected to take part in summer workouts. He was reportedly assaulted by a teammate in February and was hospitalized. No charges have been filed in the incident. Smith did not take part in spring practices. An Arizona State transfer, he was the team’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year last season.
“Rick has always been, and is still part of our team, that hasn’t changed,” Harsin said. “He’ll be out there this summer and be ready to roll.
“He’ll be ready to rock and roll ... he’s ready to play.“
Harsin also addressed the Ryan Finley situation, as the sophomore quarterback is currently in the legal process after his April arrest for a minor consumption or in possession of an alcoholic beverage and resisting or obstructing officers, both misdemeanors. He has a pretrial conference set for June 15 and potentially a jury trial July 10.
“These young guys, things happen,” Harsin said. “Ryan, as summer goes on, needs to take care of his business. As we get into fall camp, we’ll readdress the situation at that time.”
A few more tidbits from Harsin:
-On the quarterback competition: “Ryan did a great job in spring. I really thought (Brett Rypien) was coming on right into the spring game, minus the weather, he played really well. Tommy Stuart had his best spring or performance since he’s been here. Alex Ogle, that guy, we talk about his physical tools, he’s just got to really dive into what we’re doing this summer ... I like where we’re sitting. We don’t have that (starting) guy yet.”
-On safety Chanceller James, who tore his ACL in late November after making 36 tackles in 10 games (three starts): “I expect him to be healthy and ready to go. He’s done a tremendous job ... he’s ahead of schedule, so come August, we expect to get him back.”
-Harsin also expects to get back defensive linemen Tyler Horn, Tutulupeatau Mataele and Justin Taimatuia, who all either missed all or most of 2014. He said the team may play a young defensive back early.
-On recent receiver signee Austin Cottrell: “We’re excited about Austin coming in and providing depth at the receiver position, and providing size. He’s a good-sized guy.”
-On running back Kelsey Young, a Stanford transfer: “He’s played at a high level for a very good program in a similar downhill, physical style of offense.”
-On running back Jeremy McNichols: “His role has changed tremendously. ... you could kind of toy around with him a little bit, but that’s changed. He’s going to be in the backfield now. He’s still capable of doing that. Physically, he’s gotten bigger, he’s stronger, he’ll be faster this summer, because he’s going to be running between the tackles a whole lot more.”
-On linebacker Joey Martarano, who will play baseball this summer in the Cubs organization: “He did make a lot of strides this spring. I think we have a better plan for him than we did last summer as far as his workout and conditioning. ... if I was in his position, I would want to do that, and I would do that. I’m excited for Joe.”
-Speaking about cost of attendance, he said “this is a really nice benefit to help these student-athletes.”
-Looking ahead to the Sept. 4 opener against Washington: “Your mind goes to that, because that’s going to be the first contest of the year. What we’re excited about is that it’s been six years since we’ve opened up at home.”
-About Albertsons Stadium, he said “we have one of the best venues in college football ... so many people talk about it.”
-On satellite camps, a hot issue in college football: “It’s a good idea, because it’s easier for us to get to areas than it is for everybody to get to us. I understand not every conference does it, so there are issues for some coaches ... it gives us an opportunity to get out and work with other coaches. If it changes and everybody’s on the same page, then you’re back to where it was, trying to bring people to your campus, which ultimately is what we want to do, it just isn’t always feasible.”