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‘Goose bumps’ as fall camp begins for Boise State football; local QB among walk-ons to join

The Boise State football team opened fall camp Thursday.

“Going out there, you smell the grass coming off the field,” junior cornerback Jonathan Moxey said. “It’s like when you were a little kid playing in Rec – it’s the first day at practice, it’s all the same. Goose bumps are still there.”

We got a glimpse of the Broncos’ first practice for about 25 minutes today. Below are some highlights. It was mostly individual work but wide receiver Rick Smith made a one-handed catch in his first practice since last season.

Coach Bryan Harsin named senior cornerback Donte Deayon his camper of the day.

“Donte had a great first day of practice and brought great energy out there,” Harsin told BroncoSports.com. “He made some really good plays out in practice. We’re just excited to have everybody back out here.”

Walk-ons added to the roster Thursday:

– QB Garrett Collingham of Mountain View High: Threw for 1,655 yards and 12 TDs last season as the Mavericks finished second in state.

– LB Blair Ewers of San Jose, Calif.: An all-conference honorable-mention pick last year.

– LB Will Heffner of Bishop Kelly High: Made 41 catches for 728 yards as a senior at BK. He is the son of former Boise State wide receiver Terry Heffner (95 career catches from 1987 to 1990).

– TE Jake Knight of Rocky Mountain High and Auburn (sophomore): Former tight end and linebacker at Rocky Mountain who was on the Auburn track team earlier this year. He finished 13th in the shot put at the SEC indoor meet. Knight originally signed with Oregon State for football in 2014 but decided to try track at Auburn instead.

– OL Hunter Nettles of Capital High and Snow College (junior): Played at Centennial and Capital during his prep career and was an honorable mention all-conference pick at Snow last year.

– OL Dan Urquhart of Eden Prairie, Minn. (junior): Played at Alderson Broaddus University (Division II) in Kansas.

The Broncos didn’t grayshirt any of this year’s recruits. Defensive linemen Matt Locher and Sam Whitney, grayshirt candidates on signing day, joined the team for camp.

Quarterback Anthony Upshaw and cornerback Eric Yates, returning walk-ons, aren’t on the 105-man roster for fall camp. Yates is rehabbing an injury and Upshaw is working as a student manager. They’ll rejoin the roster when school starts and the 105-man cap goes away.

Among the number changes: Moxey took No. 2 and safety Chanceller James took No. 3. Others: kicker Blake Gonzalez to 48, DE Kaleb Hill to 95, CB Isaiah Johnson to 30, WR David McKinzie to 83, defensive back Skyler Seibold to 31, WR Rick Smith to 19, LB Leighton Vander Esch to 38 and RB Ryan Wolpin to 30.

Here is our fall camp preview from Thursday’s newspaper.

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Below is the updated position-by-position roster. By my count, Boise State has the full complement of 85 scholarship players.

2015 POSITION-BY-POSITION ROSTER:

QUARTERBACK

3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 196, R-So.

15 Ryan Finley, 6-4, 200, R-So.

18 Alex Ogle, 6-3, 206, R-Fr.

8 Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 194, R-Fr. (not on fall camp roster)

4 Brett Rypien, 6-2, 199, Fr.

5 Garrett Collingham, 6-4, 202, Fr.

TAILBACK

39 Kelsey Young, 5-10, 198, R-Sr.

21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 194, Sr.

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 175, R-Jr.

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

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 205, So.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 200, R-Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

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

1 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 173, Sr.

19 Rick Smith, 5-9, 178, R-Jr.

16 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 183, R-Jr.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 186, R-Jr.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 175, Jr.

89 Brock Barr, 6-3, 202, Jr.

80 D.J. Dean, 6-1, 197, R-So.

83 David McKinzie, 6-0, 173, R-So.

17 Austin Cottrell, 6-2, 206, So.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 205, R-Fr.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 187, R-Fr.

81 Akilian Butler, 5-10, 175, Fr.

9 Bryan Jefferson, 5-11, 188, Fr.

TIGHT END

84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 239, R-Sr.

85 Holden Huff, 6-6, 226, R-Sr.

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 244, R-So.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 229, R-So.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 235, R-Fr.

91 David Lucero, 6-5, 230, R-Fr.

47 Matt Pistone, 6-3, 242, Fr.

93 Jake Knight, 6-4, 230, So.

OFFENSIVE LINE

72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 293, R-Sr.

71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 309, R-Sr.

76 Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 296, R-Sr.

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 299, R-Jr.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 282, R-Jr.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 329, R-Jr.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 282, R-Jr.

68 Dan Urquhart, 6-7, 324, R-Jr.

63 Hunter Nettles, 6-3, 318, Jr.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 289, R-So.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 281, R-So.

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 290, R-So.

56 Troy Bacon, 6-3, 283, R-Fr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 277, R-Fr.

57 Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-1, 301, R-Fr.

67 Garrett Larson, 6-5, 282, Fr.

79 Eric Quevedo, 6-4, 297, Fr.

77 John Molchon, 6-5, 295, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 268, R-Sr.

32 Rondell McNair, 6-2, 236, R-Sr.

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 257, R-Jr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 248, R-So.

95 Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 237, R-Fr.

18 Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 232, R-Fr.

91 Durrant Miles, 6-5, 226, Fr.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 236, Jr.

8 Kamalei Correa, 6-3, 248, Jr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 298, R-Sr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 288, R-Sr.

98 Antoine Turner, 6-1, 275, R-Sr.

55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 296, R-Sr.

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 306, Sr.

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 280, R-Jr.

99 Dereck Boles, 6-2, 277, R-Fr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 269, R-Fr.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 266, R-Fr.

54 Matt Locher, 6-2, 252, Fr.

53 Sam Whitney, 6-1, 234, Fr.

LINEBACKER

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 232, Sr.

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 228, R-Jr.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 229, Jr.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 230, Jr.

7 Joe Martarano, 6-3, 228, R-So.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 204, R-Fr.

38 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 234, R-Fr.

22 Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Fr.

35 Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 225, Fr.

45 Blair Ewers, 6-0, 215, Fr.

41 Will Heffner, 6-2, 209, Fr.

On mission:

Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr.

CORNERBACK

5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 155, Sr.

25 Raymond Ford, 5-10, 183, R-Jr.

2 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 188, Jr.

47 Eric Yates, 5-9, 167, R-Fr. (not on fall camp roster)

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

21 Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 188, Fr.

27 Donzale Roddie, 5-10, 190, Fr.

14 Tyler Horton, 5-11, 172, Fr.

NICKEL

9 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 208, R-Sr.

24 Kam Miles, 6-1, 215, R-So.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 187, R-So.

SAFETY

4 Darian Thompson, 6-2, 212, R-Sr.

3 Chanceller James, 6-2, 216, R-Jr.

17 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 198, R-So.

29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 201, So.

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 192, R-Fr.

15 Evan Tyler, 6-2, 181, Fr.

23 Damion Wright, 6-0, 204, Fr.

34 Darreon Jackson, 5-11, 187, Fr.

On mission:

Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Fr.

KICKER

49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 183, R-Jr.

48 Blake Gonzalez, 5-9, 173, R-Fr.

PUNTER

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

LONG SNAPPER

46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 207, Sr.

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 179, R-So.

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