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Boise State center Mason Hampton, Aug. 8

Boise State junior center Mason Hampton discusses his group and his quest to take over the starting job in the middle of the Broncos' offensive line Aug. 8, 2016.
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Boise State junior center Mason Hampton discusses his group and his quest to take over the starting job in the middle of the Broncos' offensive line Aug. 8, 2016.

Workout, practice, meetings, sleep ... repeat.

Sometimes the routine of fall camp can get a little, well, routine. More than aware of that, the Boise State football team often tries to break the monotony with a few twists.

In the past, there have been campouts on the blue at Albertsons Stadium, or tug-of-war in the middle of a hot August practice.

On Monday, before the first full-team practice in pads, the Broncos played basketball.

“It’s not easy coming out here practice after practice. It’s not like spring ball where you have a day off in between,” junior center Mason Hampton said. “They try to throw in some fun stuff for us to do.”

A handful of Broncos showed off their leaping skills, throwing down some dunks, while others flashed a jumpshot that surely has become legendary over years of talk of past triumphs in the locker room. The competition Monday was a free-throw shooting contest.

“We love that, it just gets our mind off football, a little break. Doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s fun,” junior STUD Gabe Perez said.

Planned later in fall camp is a bowling outing for the team.

“It gives us something to look forward to,” Hampton said.

HAMPTON LOOKING TO SOLIDIFY TOP SPOT

Hampton spent last fall camp taking nearly all the first-team snaps at center with Marcus Henry out with an injury. He played in all 13 games last season, and was the first-team center in the spring after Henry’s graduation.

Thus far in fall camp, Hampton has anchored the middle of the line again, but he’s still working on locking it down, holding off possible contenders in senior Steven Baggett (currently a starter at guard) and redshirt freshman Garrett Larson.

“Coming into fall camp, I really wanted to set in concrete that I’d be the No. 1 guy, so that’s what I’m still working on trying to do, set in concrete that it’s me,” said Hampton, a Meridian High graduate.

FALL FAN FEST TO DEBUT AUG. 27

In lieu of open scrimmages, the Broncos will host a new event this season, which is dubbed Fall Fan Fest. The event will take place at Albertsons Stadium, beginning at noon Saturday, Aug. 27, and will include an open practice, followed by an autograph session. The practice is set to begin at approximately 12:15 p.m., and autographs at 2 p.m.

Parking and admission will be free. Gates A, D and P will open at noon for fans, who can receive 2016 team posters at the marketing table in front of the Hall of Fame at the southwest corner of the stadium and at the 50-yard line gates as fans enter the field.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

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