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Two Boise State football GAs, former players headed to Montana State

Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) catches a long bomb pass and runs for a touchdown in the Hawaii Bowl in 2013.
Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller (2) catches a long bomb pass and runs for a touchdown in the Hawaii Bowl in 2013. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Boise State football graduate assistants Byron Hout and Matt Miller — who are also former Broncos players — will join the Montana State coaching staff, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said Monday.

Montana State hired Jeff Choate last week as head coach. Choate was the Broncos’ special teams coordinator from 2006 to 2011, when he also coached running backs and linebackers. He spent the past two years on staff at Washington under former Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

Hout’s first year as a graduate assistant was in 2012 at Washington State with Choate. Hout, who played defensive end and linebacker for the Broncos, is from Coeur d’Alene.

Miller played wide receiver for the Broncos from 2010 to 2014. He returned this fall as an assistant. He was one of Montana’s greatest high school football players and is from Helena.

Hout will coach the defensive line. Miller will coach wide receivers.

“They have opportunities to move on and start their careers in this profession,” Harsin said. “I couldn’t be more excited for them and coach Choate and what they’re going to do at Montana State. They’re going to be with us as long as they can be until it’s time for them to go start their real jobs.”

Choate announced the hirings Tuesday. His comments on the two former Broncos:

On Miller — “Matt is a young man who I was involved in the recruiting process out of Helena Capital, and he is one of the most productive wide receivers in Boise State history. He is a tremendous leader, is very detail-oriented, and is a person of great character with deep Montana ties. I feel like it is a slam dunk to get Matt back home to Montana State.”

On Hout — “Byron is another player I was involved in recruiting. He played for me in my time at Boise State and was my graduate assistant at Washington State. He is a high-energy and extremely intelligent young coach with tremendous passion for the game. I know our young players in the defensive line are going to love playing for him.”

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