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Boise State football to honor 20 seniors tonight

Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon celebrates a tackle against Washington at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Sept. 4.
Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon celebrates a tackle against Washington at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Sept. 4. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Boise State senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia isn’t ready for Senior Day.

“I just want time to slow down,” he said this week.

Boise State will honor 20 seniors tonight, beginning 25 minutes before kickoff in the game against Air Force (7:30 p.m.).

Here are the seniors:

DT Robert Ash

Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.

Notable: Has played on the offensive and defensive lines in his career. Has four tackles this season.

CB Donte Deayon

Hometown: Rialto, Calif.

Notable: Has 17 career interceptions, including six each as a sophomore and junior. He has four this year but has missed the past three games with a knee injury. Because he got a late start as a true freshman and has been injured this year, he won’t play much more than three full seasons worth of games.

OL Jerhen Ertel

Hometown: Bagdad, Ariz.

Notable: Transferred from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College to provide depth.

RB Jack Fields

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Notable: Immensely productive high school player never established any momentum as a tailback (career average of 3.1 yards per carry) but has made some plays as a special-teamer. One of his career highlights was a key block as a tailback in last year’s Fiesta Bowl win.

LB Tyler Gray

Hometown: Templeton, Calif.

Notable: Three-year co-starter has 169 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and five sacks in his career.

TE Jake Hardee

Hometown: Boise (Bishop Kelly High)

Notable: Former walk-on has become an integral part of the tight ends rotation and a special-teamer. He scored his first touchdown earlier this season at UNLV.

OL Marcus Henry

Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.

Notable: Has started 36 of the past 37 games, including 24 straight at center. An All-Mountain West first-teamer last year.

DE Tyler Horn

Hometown: Meridian (Mountain View)

Notable: Made at least four tackles in five straight seasons because he was injured in the season opener in 2014. Has 22 career tackles for loss and 10 career sacks.

TE Holden Huff

Hometown: Rocklin, Calif.

Notable: Posted big freshman and senior seasons, with injuries hampering him in between. He has 13 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.

WR Terrell Johnson

Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.

Notable: Walked on out of junior college and has made his biggest impact the second half of his senior year. Could play extensively down the stretch with the injury to Shane Williams-Rhodes.

LS Kevin Keane

Hometown: Moorpark, Calif.

Notable: Three-year starting long snapper who also appeared in four games as a freshman.

DB Mercy Maston

Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.

Notable: Started four games at cornerback as a transfer in 2013, redshirted with an injury in 2014 and became a co-starter at nickel in 2015.

DT Tutulupeatau Mataele

Hometown: West Valley City, Utah

Notable: After waiting through two years in limbo because of an academic transgression, his one season of eligibility at Boise State has been sidetracked by injuries.

DE Rondell McNair

Hometown: New Bern, N.C.

Notable: Helped force a safety against Utah State and recorded a sack in the Fiesta Bowl last year as a JC transfer. An injury derailed him this year.

DT Armand Nance

Hometown: Houston

Notable: Emotional leader who has started 32 games in his career. Has 18.5 career tackles for loss.

OT Rees Odhiambo

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas

Notable: Has started 25 games, mostly at left tackle, but has missed time each of the past three seasons because of injuries. He broke an ankle this season. He likely will be the Broncos’ next NFL offensive lineman.

DT Justin Taimatuia

Hometown: American Samoa

Notable: Played so well in fall camp this year that coaches moved him from nose tackle to defensive tackle to get him in the starting lineup. He has been the Broncos’ most consistent lineman this year.

S Darian Thompson

Hometown: Lancaster, Calif.

Notable: Broke Mountain West career record with 19 interceptions, including five this year and seven last year. He also has 240 career tackles.

WR Shane Williams-Rhodes

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Notable: Ranks third in school history with 205 career catches. He probably would have broken that record if not for injuries. He’s questionable for Senior Day with an ankle injury. His best season was in 2013, when he had 77 catches for 702 yards and six touchdowns in just 11 games. He averaged 14.6 yards per punt return that year, too.

RB Kelsey Young

Hometown: Norco, Calif.

Notable: Transferred from Stanford this past summer to play one season with the Broncos. He has rushed for 397 yards and six touchdowns as the backup tailback.

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