The Boise State football team is more than halfway through its spring practices, having finished the eighth of 15 on Monday, and a few Broncos are starting to make a little noise.
Coach Bryan Harsin met with the media Tuesday — check out the full video here — and he covered a wide swath of topics, including some of the players who have stood out thus far. He had the most praise for two veterans at two positions full of unknowns and plenty of chances to earn some more touches.
One was junior wide receiver Sean Modster, whose eight receptions last season are second-most among the returning players in the group and the most currently in the spring with senior Cedrick Wilson out.
“I’ve been really impressed with Sean Modster, I think he’s done a really good job to this point, he’s been consistent, he’s made plays,” Harsin said.
The other is senior running back Ryan Wolpin, who is a key special teamer and is the only running back with game experience going through full contact this spring (with Alexander Mattison limited). Wolpin has 38 carries for 194 yards the last two seasons.
“Ryan Wolpin’s been a stud. Ryan Wolpin’s a good football player,” Harsin said. “He’s a guy that, every day, he’s consistent, he brings it, he’s tough. He’s probably been one of the most physical players we’ve had in spring practice. I’ve been very impressed with him.”
▪ Harsin, when asked about potential captains or team leaders filling the void left by three senior captains graduating, mentioned junior cornerback Tyler Horton, junior linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, junior quarterback Brett Rypien, senior tight end Jake Roh, junior tight end Jake Knight, senior tight end Alec Dhaenens and Modster off the top of his head.
“There’s a lot of guys on this team that are doing things the right way,” Harsin said. “As far as our overall leadership on the team, I think it’s OK. I think we have the guys, but it’s time for the guys to lead. And that’s a hard thing to do.”
▪ There have thus far been no noteable injuries in the spring, and some players who did not take part in the first two weeks, namely offensive linemen John Molchon, Mason Hampton and Garrett Larson, were doing some light non-padded work Monday. Mattison has practiced this spring, but has not been involved in any contact drills.
▪ Spencer Danielson, a new graduate assistant on staff this spring, coached at Azusa Pacific for four seasons, the last three with the linebackers. Harsin said he has been a strong addition, and has been in charge of the STUD group this spring.
▪ Boise State’s annual pro day will be held Thursday. Former Broncos will work out for NFL scouts, and other former players like Jay Ajayi and Darian Thompson are expected to be on hand to watch and cheer on former teammates.
Here is the confirmed list of participants:
Chaz Anderson (WR)
Travis Averill (OL)
Raymond Ford (CB)
Chanceller James (S)
Sam McCaskill (DE)
Jonathan Moxey (CB)
Tyler Rausa (K)
Thomas Sperbeck (WR)
Tanner Vallejo (LB)
Sean Wale (P)
Ben Weaver (LB)
Mario Yakoo (OL)
Recent graduates Holden Huff, Terrell Johnson, Armand Nance and Kelsey Young will also be participating.