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Boise State football opener will not appear on TV in Idaho

Boise State WR A.J. Richardson - Aug. 15, 2016

Boise State sophomore receiver A.J. Richardson discusses his improvement and his place in a deep group Aug. 15, 2016.
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Boise State sophomore receiver A.J. Richardson discusses his improvement and his place in a deep group Aug. 15, 2016.

Boise State’s season opener will not appear on television in Idaho, but will only be viewable in Idaho on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. It will be available nationwide on the same platforms, along with some television markets on the American Sports Network, to be announced in the near future.

The Broncos will travel to Lafayette, La., on Sept. 3 for their opener against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. MT. It also will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network.

American Sports Network is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also owns local television station KBOI. An attempt was made to get the game broadcast in the Treasure Valley, but no agreement could be reached. The game’s rights are owned by ESPN, which did not have an open broadcast slot, and will still maintin control, even without a television broadcast in Idaho.

It will be the first game since the Broncos hosted UT Martin on Sept. 7, 2013, that has not been available on television locally. That game also was only available on ESPN3.

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After seniors Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson, the Boise State receiver with the most career receptions is sophomore A.J. Richardson, who had 10 last season. That’s obviously not a ton, but it was a positive start to a career for the guy in the group who perhaps looks least like he belongs. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Richardson seems more fit to be a running back.

“We give him a hard time about that,” receivers coach Junior Adams said with a laugh.

A 2013 signee, he grayshirted that season, joining the team in January 2014, then redshirting. He had 113 receiving yards last season on his 10 catches, all coming in the last six weeks of the regular season.

“A.J.’s a big, physical wide receiver, he’s got good hands, he’s good in the run game, runs crisp routes and understands what we’re trying to do offensively,” Adams said.

In the spring, Sperbeck said of Richardson, “he’s got probably the best hands on the team.” Richardson is part of a group seeking more snaps this season behind presumed starters Sperbeck, Anderson and junior Cedrick Wilson. The team hopes they can step up and give quarterback Brett Rypien a half-dozen reliable targets.

“My mindset is different now, I’m in an attack mentality,” Richardson said. “... we’re a strong receiving corps, and we have a lot of depth.”

Richardson hopes once he gets the ball in his hands to maybe run through some tackles, create some big plays. And yes, he confirmed what Adams said.

“All the time, I get joked with a lot, but it’s all love ... I use my size as a strength, for sure,” Richardson said.

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Floods have plagued southern Louisiana in recent days, damaging 40,000 homes. One of the areas most affected has been Lafayette, and on Tuesday, Louisiana football players helped with cleanup efforts.

“That’s important for a young man – to learn the importance of giving back to your community,” coach Mark Hudspeth told The Daily Advertiser. “This is just a life lesson we’re trying to teach them, but also it’s our responsibility. You know, our community supports us. We have great crowds.

“So it is important that we give back … because it’s the right thing to do. That’s what we’re trying to get across to our kids.”

Though the area has been greatly impacted by the floods, the game is still on as scheduled. The Cajuns have been practicing at their home stadium, though a planned scrimmage Saturday was pushed back a day because of the weather.

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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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