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Boise State OT McCullough sustains career-ending injury; two starters sidelined for start of fall camp

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin held his pre-fall camp press conference Wednesday. The first practice is Thursday. Here are some highlights from Harsin’s appearance (more to come).

Offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz and defensive coordinator Marcel Yates also spoke. I’ll post highlights from them, too. The videos are at the bottom of this file.

From Harsin:

– Sophomore offensive tackle Eli McCullough’s career has ended for medical reasons, Harsin said without providing details. McCullough, a former Rocky Mountain High star, was a promising tackle for the Broncos. He made his only career start last year at Air Force. McCullough took first-team reps at left tackle in the spring because starter Rees Odhiambo was in class.

– Senior center Marcus Henry and senior defensive tackle Armand Nance, who are returning starters, won’t begin fall camp for medical reasons but will be back before camp ends, Harsin said. Henry was a late scratch from Mountain West media days last week.

– Defensive lineman Sam Whitney, originally slated to grayshirt, will join the team for fall camp because of McCullough’s departure.

– On camp starting: “Being around today, there’s a great vibe. We’re looking forward to getting out there.”

– On depth at wide receiver: “Austin Cottrell, Rick Smith, A.J. Richardson – they’re here. We’ve seen them in spring. We’ve been around them enough. Now it’s really time to go. We’ll see them in fall camp, what type of plays they make.”

– On the program: “We’re in year two. We’re growing. We’re developing. We have plenty of new faces.”

– On the defense: “There are plenty of things we’ve got to get better at. Even those guys who played last year who are back, I think they’re hungry. I don’t think they’re satisfied.”

– On true freshman QB Brett Rypien: “Because he was the higher-profile-recruited guy, everybody assumes, ‘This is the guy.’ He may be, but he has to go out and prove that.”

– On the QBs: “The first two or three days with everybody, and that position in particular, we’ll have a better understanding of what type of summer, what type of knowledge and what type of confidence they’ve built going into this fall camp.”

– On the program’s QB characteristics: “Toughness, preparation, decision-making, accuracy and leadership will come. ... If you throw picks, you’re probably not going to be the guy. Throw touchdowns and you’ve got a better shot. You’ve got to make good decisions.”

– On losing McCullough: “Jerhen Ertel, he’s got to step up. We were really high on Eli so Jerhen’s going to have to step up.”

– He said the tailback rotation could be one guy or multiple guys depending on what happens in camp. He didn’t expect Jay Ajayi to take so many snaps last year. “We tried to pull him out and he said, ‘No,’ ” Harsin said. “He won’t come out.”

From Drinkwitz:

– On camp: “We want to see who we are. We want to make sure we do what we believe in on offense – control the tempo, a downhill, physical run game, a vertical passing game and at the end of the day, execute. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

– On the QBs: “Spring is so long ago. They had all summer to get better. If they’re the same as they were in spring, somebody has passed them up. ... They’ve got to come in here and be different than they were in the spring.”

– On tight ends: “That’s a strength of our team on offense, no doubt. Coach (Kent Riddle) is going to have those guys playing at a high level, even a higher level than last year. That allows us to be very multiple on offense.”

– On his first year as coordinator: “The good thing is this isn’t the first time coach Harsin and I have worked together. There’s a familiarity. We’re on the same page in a lot of things and anticipate what the other person is thinking.”

From Marcel Yates:

– On the defense: “For the past month, month and a half, I’ve been hearing about how great our defense is going to be and that’s just been driving me crazy. We don’t look at it that way. We weren’t a great defense last year. I don’t know where this ‘great’ came from. We need to start off by doing the little things right.”

– On four preseason All-Mountain West picks: “I don’t even know who those four guys are.”

– On the lack of depth at cornerback: “To me, when you have a great defense you’re not worried about corner. There’s some spots we feel like we have good players, but once again it comes back to depth.”

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2015 POSITION-BY-POSITION ROSTER:

QUARTERBACK

3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 194, R-So.

15 Ryan Finley, 6-4, 199, R-So.

18 Alex Ogle, 6-3, 218, R-Fr.

8 Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 194, R-Fr.

4 Brett Rypien, 6-2, 197, Fr.

TAILBACK

21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 201, Sr.

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 179, R-Jr.

37 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 191, R-So.

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 198, So.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 194, R-Fr.

Signee:

Kelsey Young, 5-10, 200, R-Sr.

WIDE RECEIVER

20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 173, R-Sr.

1 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 168, Sr.

29 Rick Smith, 5-9, 174, R-Jr.

16 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 175, R-Jr.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 181, R-Jr.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 176, Jr.

89 Brock Barr, 6-3, 198, Jr.

80 D.J. Dean, 6-1, 194, R-So.

39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 167, R-So.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 209, R-Fr.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 186, R-Fr.

Signees:

Austin Cottrell, 6-3, 200, So.

Akilian Butler, 5-10, 180, Fr.

Bryan Jefferson, 6-1, 190, Fr.

TIGHT END

84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 237, R-Sr.

85 Holden Huff, 6-6, 222, R-Sr.

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 237, R-So.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 219, R-So.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 234, R-Fr.

91 David Lucero, 6-5, 227, R-Fr.

Signee:

Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE

72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 296, R-Sr.

71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 303, R-Sr.

76 Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 282, R-Sr.

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 302, R-Jr.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 295, R-Jr.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 327, R-Jr.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 295, R-Jr.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 281, R-So.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 277, R-So.

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 284, R-So.

56 Troy Bacon, 6-3, 272, R-Fr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 273, R-Fr.

57 Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-1, 307, R-Fr.

Signees:

Garrett Larson, 6-5, 275, Fr.

Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 280, Fr.

John Molchon, 6-6, 275, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 272, R-Sr.

32 Rondell McNair, 6-2, 244, R-Sr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 244, R-So.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 235, Jr.

8 Kamalei Correa, 6-3, 244, Jr.

14 Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 222, R-Fr.

18 Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 240, R-Fr.

Signee:

Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 297, R-Sr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 278, R-Sr.

98 Antoine Turner, 6-1, 274, R-Sr.

55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 303, R-Sr.

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 311, Sr.

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 255, R-Jr.

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 271, R-Jr.

99 Dereck Boles, 6-2, 283, R-Fr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 266, R-Fr.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 258, R-Fr.

Signees:

Matt Locher, 6-3, 250, Fr.

Sam Whitney, 6-3, 235, Fr.

LINEBACKER

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 229, Sr.

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 231, R-Jr.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 234, Jr.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 226, Jr.

7 Joe Martarano, 6-3, 229, R-So.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 214, R-Fr.

95 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 222, R-Fr.

Signees:

Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Fr.

Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 225, Fr.

Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr. (going on mission)

CORNERBACK

5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 150, Sr.

25 Raymond Ford, 5-10, 171, R-Jr.

30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 187, Jr.

47 Eric Yates, 5-9, 167, R-Fr.

23 Isaiah Johnson, 5-8, 168, R-Fr.

Signees:

Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 180, Fr.

Donzale Roddie, 5-11, 175, Fr.

Tyler Horton, 6-1, 175, Fr.

NICKEL

9 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 203, R-Sr.

24 Kam Miles, 6-1, 208, R-So.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 186, R-So.

SAFETY

4 Darian Thompson, 6-2, 210, R-Sr.

22 Chanceller James, 6-2, 214, R-Jr.

17 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 199, R-So.

29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 193, So.

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 193, R-Fr.

Signees:

Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Fr.

Damion Wright, 6-1, 185, Fr.

Darreon Jackson, 6-1, 185, Fr.

On mission:

Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Fr.

KICKER

49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 195, R-Jr.

16 Blake Gonzalez, 5-9, 178, R-Fr.

PUNTER

19 Sean Wale, 6-2, 185, R-Jr.

LONG SNAPPER

46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 212, Sr.

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 189, R-So.

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