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Broncos five spots outside top 25 in AP preseason poll; Pope gets scholarship

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and his Broncos are on the edge of being ranked as the season begins.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and his Broncos are on the edge of being ranked as the season begins.

Just outside the preseason top 25 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll earlier this month, the Boise State football team is also in a similar spot in the Associated Press preseason top 25, released Sunday.

The Broncos are fifth among teams in the “also receiving votes” category, with 49 points. Florida is No. 25 with 180. Behind the Gators and in front of the Broncos are Miami, Fla. (159), Texas A&M (81), Utah (74) and Washington State (68). Boise State hosts Washington State on Sept. 10. Right behind the Broncos in the AP poll is fellow Mountain West team San Diego State, with 46 points. Only Houston, at No. 15, had more votes than Boise State among Group of Five schools.

Alabama is the preseason No. 1, and former Boise State coach Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies check in at No. 14. See the full poll here.


Here is how I voted:

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Oklahoma

5. Florida State

6. Michigan

7. Stanford

8. LSU

9. Notre Dame

10. Ole Miss

11. TCU

12. Michigan State

13. Iowa

14. Tennessee

15. Houston

16. USC

17. Washington

18. Miami (Fla.)

19. Georgia

20. Baylor

21. UCLA

22. Wisconsin

23. Florida

24. North Carolina

25. Oklahoma State


The Broncos hiked up Table Rock on Sunday, and it seems once they were there, awarded senior receiver Taylor Pope with a scholarship. Pope, a redshirt senior, has played on 23 games (mainly on special teams), with one reception for 7 yards and three tackles. He is the third walk-on to be given a scholarship this fall, joining offensive lineman Kellen Buhr and long snapper Matt Cota.


Boise State picked up a big 2017 commitment Sunday afternoon in cornerback Jermani Brown, who announced via Twitter. Brown formerly played at Calabasas (Calif.) High before transferring to Midlothian (Va.) for his senior season. He committed to Arizona State last year, but decommitted in April.

Brown (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) is ranked by, and as a four-star prospect. He also plays receiver, and thus is Scout’s No. 25 athlete in the nation, while 24/7 has him at No. 11.


  • OT Mike Young, 6-6, 335, Queen Creek (Ariz.) HS
  • QB Chase Cord, 6-3, 185, Sunrise Mountain High (Peoria, Ariz.)
  • S Mike Young, 6-0, 205, Dodge City CC (Raytown, Mo.)
  • LB Breydon Boyd, 6-4, 215, Katy (Texas) HS
  • OL Isiah Moore, 6-5, 315, Mesa CC (Tiffin, Ohio)
  • DE Aisa Kelemete, 6-4, 225, Highland HS
  • DL Zeke Birch, 6-5, 270, Madison HS
  • DB Marques Evans, 6-1, 180, Newbury Park (Calif.) HS
  • CB Jermani Brown, 5-11, 175, Midlothian (Va.) HS