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Martarano returns to Boise State football team, will play linebacker/fullback (with Harsin video)

LAS VEGAS — Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin met with the media Tuesday morning at the Mountain West football media preview. I recorded about an hour of that conversation. The first piece is part of this blog post. I will add the second piece as soon as I can. I’ll also post selected quotes and notes throughout the day as I have time.

Quick notes:

— On what he needs to see from QB Grant Hedrick: “Consistency. That’s the biggest thing. Just consistency. Running the offense. I want to see him manage the easy stuff in the offense — from the cadence to play calling, from an operation standpoint. And then the execution — consistency in execution.” Later, he said: “We haven’t anointed Grant. Grant has done really well. I liked him when I recruited him. I fully anticipate him coming out here and establishing himself and being the guy.”

— On starting linebacker Ben Weaver, who has been dealing with a foot injury from last season: “He’s not 100 percent, but he’s running and he looks better. He will be. We’re going to manage him a little bit in fall camp. Two weeks into camp (he’ll be fine).”

— No players are out with injuries for the season. Defensive lineman Mat Boesen will not be suspended for his recent legal issues. His discipline was handled internally.

— On Joe Martarano playing baseball with the Cubs organization: “I looked at would I do it, would I let my son do it? One hundred percent. It’s an opportunity you have to take if I’m him. It’s obviously a financial decision. That’s a smart decision for him to go do that. If anyone has a problem with it I just have to say, ‘Who in here can play professional baseball? That’s right, so let’s not talk about it any longer.’ ” Martarano has returned to the team but Harsin is willing to let him DH for the Boise Hawks if the Cubs ask (they haven’t). Martarano will play linebacker and fullback this season. “He took a program with him when he went there to Arizona,” Harsin said. “We trust that he was lifting and running. He’s just missed some team bonding and different experiences. He has two weeks to catch up.”

— Kekoa Nawahine, who planned to take a church mission, is the only recruit not expected to join the team this fall. One other one is not on campus — defensive end Jabril Frazier. Frazier is taking a high school class to shore up his eligibility.

— Antoine Turner has been with the Broncos all summer. The NCAA allowed the school to pay for some room and board for him because he was homeless toward the end of his time at junior college. He ate three meals a day at an Irish restaurant on Boise State’s dime until he finished his classes. Now Turner is in Boise. “He couldn’t be more happy to be here,” Harsin said.

— No walk-ons have been placed on scholarship yet.

— On hands-on coaching: “Mike (Sanford) will call the plays. I’m going to be involved. I am involved. I take one period with the quarterbacks and coach them up on some fundamentals. I will still have the opportunity to install a play every day with the offense because I like doing that. I’ve been around some really good people who are really good teachers and I sat back and shut up and listened to how they teach. I just want to bring that to the table with some of our coaches, too. This is at least how I believe you should teach.”

— No new uniforms this year.

Earlier coverage:

Read a replay of our live chat with Matt Miller and Corey Bell.

Boise State named Mountain Division favorite.

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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