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Boise State football notes: Broncos to hire former player Gabe Franklin

Boise State Football Coach Bryan Harsin on staff changes, playcalling

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin answers questions about the Broncos' coaching staff changes.
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Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin answers questions about the Broncos' coaching staff changes.

The Broncos are in the process of hiring former cornerback Gabe Franklin to fill the vacant defensive staff position, a source told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday.

Franklin has been a defensive backs coach at UTEP for five seasons. He was the cornerbacks coach at San Diego in 2010 and a defensive administrative assistant at Cal in 2008-09. He was a high school coach in 2007.

Franklin made the All-WAC first team as a Boise State senior in 2004. He finished his career with 18 interceptions.

Franklin joins defensive line coach Steve Caldwell, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Andy Avalos and defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose on the staff. Franklin and Ambrose will work together to coach the defensive backs.

Coach Bryan Harsin confirmed the staff structure but isn’t able to comment on Franklin until the school finalizes the hire.


Offensive lineman Tennessee Su’esu’e, wide receiver D.J. Dean and cornerback Eric Yates have left the team for medical reasons, Harsin said. ... Defensive tackle Antoine Turner’s college career is over, but Boise State still hasn’t finalized his academic-eligibility case. Turner was unable to play last season. He is training for the NFL and doing well academically, Harsin said. ... Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Scott Huff spent Signing Day in the hospital recovering from knee replacement surgery Monday. The injury stems from his days as Boise State’s center. ... Harsin on making himself the offensive playcaller: “Me being the playcaller and just saying that and being a part of it, it just makes sense. My wife and I talk about it. I’ve done it. I’ve always enjoyed it. That’s been the reason why I’ve loved coaching is being able to call plays. For me, the only thing that was always a little bit of a hesitation was the head coach role and the offensive coordinator role. But a lot of guys do it. I certainly want to make sure that I give my very all to our team — that’s culture and keeping guys accountable and not pulling away from that, not being the offensive coordinator that’s the head coach also. I’m the head football coach that will be the playcaller on game day with a staff that’s going to be putting together the plan.”

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