Team to pick captains
The Boise State football team will have two full-time captains this season for the first time since 2009.
Former coach Chris Petersen began using single-game captains in 2008. He used fixed captains — seniors Kyle Wilson and Richie Brockel — in 2009, when they were the only senior starters. He went back to single-game captains from 2010 to 2013.
New coach Bryan Harsin will combine those two approaches. The team will select two full-time captains. The coaching staff will add two more captains for each game.
Seventeen players on this year’s roster have served as game captains. The most frequent: wide receiver Matt Miller (6) and safety Jeremy Ioane (4).
The top candidates for the full-time jobs likely will be Miller, senior quarterback Grant Hedrick, junior tailback Jay Ajayi, Ioane and senior nickel Corey Bell. Bell served as a game captain twice last year. Hedrick served once, but his leadership this offseason was singled out by teammates. Ajayi also served once.
Non-offensive TD drought
Boise State scored two non-offensive touchdowns last year — the Broncos’ fewest since 1996 (two). Boise State had scored at least five such touchdowns in five straight seasons previously.
The two touchdowns last year were scored by cornerback Bryan Douglas. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against San Diego State and an interception 33 yards for a touchdown against UT Martin. Douglas is a senior this year.
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