Though much has been made of Chris Petersen and his staff’s return to Boise for Friday’s football game between Washington and Boise State, they aren’t playing.
However, quite a few Huskies who will suit up have their own history with the Broncos, either once committed to Boise State or because of close family ties.
After Petersen was hired at Washington in December 2013, six of the players committed to Boise State at the time wound up with the Huskies. Boise State has one player who went the opposite way — redshirt freshman tight end Chase Blakley was a Washington commit, but switched to the Broncos a week before signing day.
“They have good players ... We know some of those guys that are on that team that are going to play,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said.
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Here’s a look at those who nearly ended up Broncos, but will be in purple and gold at Albertsons Stadium:
DANTE PETTIS, WR
His cousin, Austin, finished his Boise State career in 2011 as the all-time leader in receptions and touchdown receptions. Pettis signed with Washington after cutting down his list in January 2014 to the Huskies and the Broncos. He’s slated to start Friday after hauling in 17 passes for 259 yards as a true freshman. He had Washington’s first punt return touchdown in 11 years with an 87-yarder at Colorado on Nov. 1, 2014.
“He’s shifty. ... These guys are athletic. We have our work cut out on defense,” Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said.
WILL DISSLY, DL
Committed to Boise State in early December 2013, then switched to Washington in late January, about two weeks before signing day. He played in six games last season as a true freshman and is listed as a backup on the Huskies’ depth chart at defensive end and defensive tackle. He had two sacks in the spring game.
“Will Dissly, man, he’s going to be something great here,” junior Joe Mathis told The Seattle Times in April.
JAYLEN JOHNSON, DE
Committed to Boise State on Sept. 16, 2013, but visited other schools after Petersen left and chose Washington a week before signing day. He redshirted last season and is listed as a backup at defensive end with Dissly.
GREG GAINES, DT
Committed to Boise State on April 27, 2013, then flipped to Washington on Jan. 19, 2014. Redshirted last season. Listed as a backup at nose tackle behind sophomore Elijah Qualls.
DREW SAMPLE, TE
The Washington native committed to Boise State on June 20, 2013, then switched to Washington on Dec. 21 of that year. Redshirted last year. Listed with junior Darrell Daniels and senior Joshua Perkins atop the depth chart.
JESSE SOSEBEE, OL
Committed to Boise State on July 26, 2013, then switched to Washington on Jan. 21, 2014, a few days after visiting Seattle. Redshirted last season. Listed as the backup at right guard behind junior Shane Brostek.
BRANDON LEWIS, CB
Committed to Boise State on April 6, 2013, then switched to Washington on Jan. 8, 2014. Redshirted last season. Listed as a backup at cornerback behind sophomore Sidney Jones.
NOTES: Jalen Greene, a quarterback who committed to Boise State, then Washington (for a week), but signed with USC, switched to wide receiver after redshirting last season. He’s listed fourth on the depth chart at one of the Trojans’ three receiver spots. ... Linebacker Kyler Manu (Highland High) committed to Boise State last April, but switched to Washington that August. He likely will redshirt.