Boise State WR A.J. Richardson - Aug. 15, 2016
Gather ’round the laptops to watch the Broncos open the 2016 season.
Boise State’s season opener will not appear on television in Idaho and will only be viewable in the state on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app, the school announced Tuesday. It will be available nationwide on the same platforms, along with some television markets that have the American Sports Network.
The Broncos will travel to Lafayette, La., for a 10 a.m. MT kickoff on Sept. 3 for their opener against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. The game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, locally on KTIK 93.1 FM and KBOI 670 AM.
American Sports Network is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also owns local television station KBOI Channel 2. There were discussions to get the game broadcast in the Treasure Valley, but no agreement could be reached. The game’s rights are owned by ESPN, which did not have an open broadcast slot on one of its channels, and will still maintain control, even without a television broadcast in Idaho.
KBOI is a CBS affiliate. CBS airs SEC games every Saturday, but no game is currently scheduled for the Louisiana-Boise State time slot. An ESPN-owned game appearing on a CBS station, however, is unlikely.
It will be the first game that has not been available on television locally since the Broncos hosted Tennessee Martin on Sept. 7, 2013. That game was on ESPN3.
RICHARDSON READY TO RUN
After seniors Thomas Sperbeck (144) and Chaz Anderson (63), the Boise State receiver with the most career receptions is sophomore A.J. Richardson (10 last season).
That’s obviously not a ton, but it was a positive start to a career for the guy in the group who perhaps looks least like he belongs. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Richardson seems more fit to be a running back.
“We give him a hard time about that,” receivers coach Junior Adams said.
Said Richardson: “I use my size as a strength, for sure.”
A 2013 signee out of Lomita, Calif., he grayshirted that season, joining the team in January 2014, then redshirted. He had 113 receiving yards last season on his 10 catches, all coming in the last six weeks of the regular season. He said he wants to use his size to run through tackles to pick up more yards after the catch.
In the spring, Sperbeck said of Richardson: “He’s got probably the best hands on the team.”
Richardson is part of a group seeking more snaps this season behind presumed starters Sperbeck, Anderson and junior transfer Cedrick Wilson. The team hopes the unit can step up and give quarterback Brett Rypien six reliable targets.
“My mindset is different now. I’m in an attack mentality,” Richardson said. “We’re a strong receiving corps, and we have a lot of depth.”
RAGIN’ CAJUNS AID FLOOD EFFORTS
Floods have plagued southern Louisiana in recent days, damaging 40,000 homes and causing 11 deaths. One of the areas most affected has been Lafayette, and on Tuesday, Louisiana football players helped with cleanup efforts.
Boise State opens at Louisiana on Sept. 3.
“That’s important for a young man, to learn the importance of giving back to your community,” coach Mark Hudspeth told The Daily Advertiser. “This is just a life lesson we’re trying to teach them, but also it’s our responsibility. You know, our community supports us. We have great crowds.
“So it is important that we give back … because it’s the right thing to do. That’s what we’re trying to get across to our kids.”
Though the area has been greatly impacted by the floods, the game is still on as scheduled.
Louisiana has been practicing at Cajun Field, its home stadium, though a Saturday scrimmage was pushed back a day because of the weather. Students are set to move in Wednesday, four days after originally planned.