On the day the Boise State football team began fall practices, it appeared just outside the top 25 in the Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday morning.
The Broncos are tied with Utah among teams receiving votes, only Miami (Fla.) and Wisconsin ahead of them. Florida is No. 25 with 245 points. Boise State and Utah got 73. The teams matched up in last season’s national championship, Alabama and Clemson, are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Only Houston, at No. 13 is ahead of Boise State among “Group of Five” schools.
Check out the full poll here. Boise State opponents making an appearance were Washington State (47 points), San Diego State (18) and BYU (6).
Boise State held its first practice of fall camp Thursday. Check out the highlights in the video above.
The roster has 10 new walk-on additions:
Christian Blaser, WR, 6-1, 171 (Rocky Mountain High)
Bruno DeRose, LB, 5-11, 194 (Pueblo, Colo.)
Cam Humphrey, QB, 6-1, 191 (Issaquah, Wash.)
Nick Provenzano, LB, 5-11, 203 (Glendora, Calif.)
Jake Roper, RB, 5-10, 183 (Rocky Mountain High)
Ma’a Tanuvasa, DB, 6-1, 185 (Mililani, Hawaii)
Solo Taylor, LB, 6-2, 207 (Rigby High)
Ben Vering, OL, 6-4, 240 (Capital High)
Blake Whitlock, LB, 6-1, 208 (Saddleback College)
Avery Williams, DB, 5-9, 202 (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
The veterans took to the field first, and the newcomers followed suit in the afternoon. Check out highlights from both practices above.
Following practice, here is what senior defensive end Sam McCaskill and senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey had to say:
McCaskill: “It was good to just shake the cobwebs off, you get anxious doing all the running and lifting and team-building stuff all summer. Everyone’s pretty antsy to get out there, like a kid on Christmas morning, ready to get the helmet, then it’s a whole other deal when you get the pads on, but today was a good start.
“I think we took a step forward and were already past the first practice jitters a little bit because we prepared for it this summer a lot, did really well in PRPs.”
Moxey: “It was a great feeling, I’m just blessed to be out there with my teammates one last time going into my last fall camp. We’re excited to get after it and get ready for the season. ... I feel like we did hit the ground running, we got after it today, had a great first practice.”
Last week, as summer conditioning was winding down, the Broncos were taking on a tough task with a new twist: military training. Last year, the men’s basketball team did similar work, but this was a first for football. Kicker Tyler Rausa tweeted “This. Was. No. Joke.” afterward, and McCaskill spoke about it Thursday after the Broncos’ first practice.
“It was cool, they don’t toss you into the line of fire, they literally throw you out there and you’re getting yelled at, you’ve got all this stuff going on,” McCaskill said. “It was hard, but it was a cool experience.”
The team did some field work and pool work. McCaskill said some players weren’t as adept as some at swimming, and they weren’t given flotation devices, so “it gave us the opportunity to go and help them out.”
Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who broke his ankle Tuesday at Dallas Cowboys practice, had surgery Thursday.
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