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Just a sophomore, Broncos’ Horton mature beyond his years

Boise State CB Tyler Horton, Aug. 8

Boise State sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton discusses his experience playing last season as a true freshman and competing to start as a sophomore Aug. 8, 2016.
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Boise State sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton discusses his experience playing last season as a true freshman and competing to start as a sophomore Aug. 8, 2016.

This time last year, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said of cornerback Tyler Horton, “all he did was make plays.” In part because of depth, but also simply because of his immediate grasp of the college game, the Broncos made Horton one of only three true freshmen to play last season.

Coming into his sophomore season, in his second fall camp, not much has changed.

“Just now, I know what to expect, kinda sorta,” Horton said. “Same mindset as last year, just trying to go out there and get better.”

Last season, Horton played in 12 games, making 12 tackles and a pass breakup. He’s competing with seniors Jonathan Moxey and Ray Ford for one of the Broncos’ two starting spots this fall. The next step for him, after simply trying to get on the field last year, is gaining a bigger grasp of his side of the ball.

“Mainly just understanding what’s going on ... learning concepts and routes, picking up the scheme of our defense,” Horton said.

Even though he wasn’t sure if he would play at all last August, now Horton is being leaned on as one of the more experienced players at his position. He pointed to freshmen Reid Harrison-Ducros and DeAndre Pierce as newcomers that have caught his eye quickly, and he’s trying to take them under his wing.

“I was in their shoes just last year, so I know what they’re feeling, know what they’re going through, so I’m just trying to make them feel more comfortable,” Horton said.

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In lieu of open scrimmages, the Broncos will host a new event this season, which is dubbed Fall Fan Fest. The event will take place at Albertsons Stadium, beginning at noon Saturday, Aug. 27, and will include an open practice, followed by an autograph session. The practice is set to begin at approximately 12:15 p.m., and autographs at 2 p.m.

Parking and admission will be free the day of the event. Gates A, D and P will open at noon for fans, who can receive 2016 team posters at the marketing table in front of the Hall of Fame at the southwest corner of the stadium and at the 50-yard line gates as fans enter the field.

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Junior center Mason Hampton spent spring practices with the first team offense, which he did most of last fall camp before Marcus Henry returned from injury just before the opener against Washington.

Thus far in fall camp, Hampton has anchored the middle of the line again, but he’s still working on locking it down, holding off possible contenders in senior Steven Baggett (who also could start at guard) and redshirt freshman Garrett Larson.

“Coming into fall camp, I really wanted to set in concrete that I’d be the No. 1 guy, so that’s what I’m still working on trying to do, set in concrete that it’s me,” Hampton said.

Check out my profile of Hampton from spring practices here.

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The Broncos are holding their second full-team practice Monday, and the first in full pads. Beforehand, they gathered to compete a bit on the basketball court.

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2016 POSITION-BY-POSITION ROSTER:

QUARTERBACK

3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 203, R-Jr.

7 Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 187, R-So.

4 Brett Rypien, 6-2, 200, So.

15 Jake Constantine, 6-1, 194, Fr.

14 Cam Humprey, 6-1, 191, Fr.

TAILBACK

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 174, R-Sr.

30 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 189, R-Jr.

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 212, Jr.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 195, R-So.

39 Jake Shaddox, 5-11, 211, R-Fr.

34 Robert Mahone, 5-10, 209, Fr.

22 Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 206, Fr.

20 Jake Roper, 5-10, 183, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

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

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 193, R-Sr.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 180, Sr.

89 Brock Barr, 6-3, 204, R-Jr.

83 David McKinzie, 6-0, 175, R-Jr.

17 Austin Cottrell, 6-2, 202, Jr.

1 Cedrick Wilson, 6-3, 183, Jr.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 210, R-So.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, R-So.

81 Akilian Butler, 5-10, 183, So.

9 Bryan Jefferson, 5-11, 186, R-Fr.

5 Garrett Collingham, 6-4, 204, R-Fr.

2 Julian Carter, 6-2, 200, Fr.

18 Bubba Ogbebor, 6-0, 187, Fr.

80 Christian Blaser, 6-1, 181, Fr.

TIGHT END

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 245, R-Jr.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 227, R-Jr.

93 Jake Knight, 6-4, 232, R-So.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 246, R-So.

47 Matt Pistone, 6-3, 249, R-Fr.

85 John Bates, 6-6, 229, Fr.

84 Nick Crabtree, 6-7, 263, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 295, R-Sr.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 288, R-Sr.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 326, R-Sr.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 294, R-Sr.

72 Will Adams, 6-7, 300, R-Sr.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 300, R-Jr.

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

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 296, R-Jr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 288, R-So.

67 Garrett Larson, 6-4, 293, R-Fr.

79 Eric Quevedo, 6-4, 300, R-Fr.

77 John Molchon, 6-5, 307, R-Fr.

75 Kole Bailey, 6-4, 286, Fr.

76 Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 305, Fr.

69 Austin Dixon, 6-6, 264, Fr.

71 Donte Harrington, 6-2, 291, Fr.

64 Ben Vering, 6-4, 240, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 259, R-Sr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 258, R-Jr.

91 Durrant Miles, 6-5, 244, So.

93 Chase Hatada, 6-3, 268, Fr.

45 Kayode Rufai, 6-4, 255, Fr.

40 Jabari Watson, 6-1, 262, Fr.

99 Curtis Weaver, 6-3, 287, Fr.

56 Dane Gooch, 6-2, 254, Fr.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 234, R-Jr.

8 Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 239, R-So.

35 Derriyon Shaw, 6-2, 222, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 279, R-Sr.

90 Daniel Auelua, 6-2, 293, Jr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 271, R-So.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 270, R-So.

54 Matt Locher, 6-2, 272, R-Fr.

53 Sam Whitney, 6-2, 239, R-Fr.

98 Sonatane Lui, 6-1, 293, Fr.

57 Emmanuel Fesili, 6-2, 308, Fr.

LINEBACKER

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 222, R-Sr.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 228, Sr.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 223, Sr.

7 Joe Martarano, 6-3, 238, R-Jr.

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

36 Blake Whitlock, 6-1, 208, Jr.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 220, R-So.

38 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 236, R-So.

41 Will Heffner, 6-2, 212, R-Fr.

58 Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 219, Fr.

9 Desmond Williams, 5-11, 193, Fr.

95 Nick Provenzano, 5-11, 203, Fr.

48 Bruno DeRose, 5-11, 194, Fr.

34 Solo Taylor, 6-2, 207, Fr.

On mission:

Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr.

CORNERBACK

25 Raymond Ford, 5-10, 191, R-Sr.

2 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 185, Sr.

14 Tyler Horton, 5-11, 178, So.

21 Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 182, R-Fr.

28 Garrett Estrada, 5-9, 163, R-Fr.

27 Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-10, 170, Fr.

30 Robert Lewis, 5-10, 168, Fr.

4 DeAndre Pierce, 5-11, 168, Fr.

22 Hayden Israelson, 5-11, 180, Fr.

26 Avery Williams, 5-9, 202, Fr.

SAFETY

3 Chanceller James, 6-2, 208, R-Sr.

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

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

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

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 194, R-So.

15 Evan Tyler, 6-2, 185, R-Fr.

23 Damion Wright, 6-0, 189, R-Fr.

10 Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 195, Fr.

32 Jordan Happle, 5-11, 191, Fr.

17 Jalen Walker, 6-0, 167, Fr.

47 Ma'a Tanuvasa, 6-1, 185, Fr.

KICKER

49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 189, R-Sr.

46 Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 218, Fr.

PUNTER

19 Sean Wale, 6-2, 193, R-Sr.

LONG SNAPPER

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 196, R-Jr.

50 Nicholai Pitman, 5-11, 220, Fr.

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