Just when it started to click for Chase Blakley, he had to reset.
Following his redshirt season in 2014, Blakley had a strong fall camp last year, finding himself in a spot to contribute. But the Coeur d’Alene High graduate tore his Achilles tendon in the days leading up to the opener against Washington, forcing him to miss the season.
“To get Chase back at full speed is great for us,” tight ends coach Kent Riddle said. “He was really coming on last fall before he hurt his Achilles. Getting him out there, letting him go make plays, he’s what we like in a tight end. He’ll make our group better.”
The 6-foot-4, 246-pound redshirt sophomore tight end is back after sitting out spring practices, and enjoying being back at full health.
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“It’s great, definitely awesome to be back out there,” Blakley said. “... it’s been a great recovery and I’m glad to be back out there with the rest of the guys.”
Blakley was a bubble candidate to play as a true freshman, but the Broncos were deep at the position and had the luxury of redshirting him. After the injury, it means he hasn’t played a game in nearly three years, prompting him to say “I couldn’t be more excited” when thinking of taking the field for the first time.
In the offseason, his brother, Drew Berger, left the team, and offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz left for North Carolina State. But Blakley said he’s happy right where he is.
“Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said.
Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos spoke with the media Saturday. Check out the video above.
Here’s a cool first-hand look at how Boise State coach Bryan Harsin told walk-on senior Kellen Buhr he’d be getting a scholarship. We spoke to Buhr a few minutes after (see that here).
Boise State’s latest entry in its get to know a freshman series is defensive end Kayode Rufai.