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Boise State football scrimmage notes: Mattison not practicing, Tyler out for season

Boise State held its second football scrimmage of the fall behind closed doors Friday night, focusing on situational work, including red zone, long fields and the 2-minute drill.

Coach Bryan Harsin said “the mindset was good ... the situations, I thought we were pretty good.”

But most noteworthy after his discussion of the scrimmage with the media was an update on the status of a few players.

Harsin said sophomore running back Alexander Mattison, the presumed heir to the starting role, has been out of practice recently. It does not appear to be a disciplinary or academic reason. Mattison was one of seven players on the team to be named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete in July.

“Alexander, he’s had a few things that have kept him out, but he’ll get his opportunity to come back in,” Harsin said. “... Alex is still in the mix. He’ll get his opportunities out there.

“A few things have kept him out for a little bit, but he should be back here hopefully soon and we’ll get him rocking and rolling.”

Also on Friday, Harsin said sophomore safety Evan Tyler is out for the season after tearing his ACL for a second consecutive year. He said it is the same knee that he injured last September at Oregon State. Tyler had started the first three games of 2016 before the injury. His absence means redshirt freshman Jordan Happle or true freshman Kekaula Kaniho could be in line for a larger role.

“As tough as the situation is for him, he’s handled it great,” Harsin said. “Had the surgery, he’s been back, he’s focused, he’s coaching, he’s helping.”

Outside of Tyler, Harsin said there are no other major injuries, that “guys are dinged up, but we expect all the guys other than him to be playing the first game.”

Harsin, when asked about which true freshmen might play this season, mentioned five: wide receivers Octavius Evans and CT Thomas, running back Drake Beasley, linebacker Riley Whimpey and safety Kekaula Kaniho.