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Boise State football team to hold open practice, autograph session Saturday

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin talks about Fall Fan Fest and the new season

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin discusses the upcoming Fall Fan Fest, which freshmen may play this season and more before Aug. 25, 2016's practice.
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Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin discusses the upcoming Fall Fan Fest, which freshmen may play this season and more before Aug. 25, 2016's practice.

The Boise State football team did not hold open scrimmages this fall, but instead will host a new event, Fall Fan Fest, which will be held Saturday.

The event will take place at Albertsons Stadium, beginning at noon, 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.

“I think it’s going to be a lot different than what we’ve done in the past,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “... to be able to get people and see the guys, watch them hit, watch them go through drills.”

Harsin said the idea stemmed from seeing NFL practices, where fans often are close to the action, and that it puts a little more urgency into it when players know they have eyes on them.

Parking and admission will be free. 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.

“Now it’s really putting a face with a name, because we have so many new guys too, that’s a big part of it,” Harsin said. “... this football team, this community, is special, and this is another way to bring that all together.”

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When Boise State travels to Louisiana for its season opener Sept. 3, the Ragin’ Cajuns will trot out LSU transfer Anthony Jennings as its starting quarterback.

A 6-foot-2, 231-pound senior, Jennings has thrown for 1,792 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his career, adding 310 rushing yards. He started 12 games in 2014 as a sophomore and one as a freshman, then played sparingly last season.

“He’s a good player, I’ve watched some of his LSU film, he’s a dual-threat player, so we have to be ready for that as well,” Boise State senior linebacker Tanner Vallejo said.

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Our Boise State football season preview comes out Sunday, featuring sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien. There will be a feature on what allowed him to be successful so early, what he can improve on, and a bit on how he’s become close with a former Boise State great. That, plus a look at the offense and defense, roster, schedule, Mountain West previews and more!

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The latest in Boise State’s get to know a freshman series is safety Kekoa Nawahine:

Also check out this one on receiver Bubba Ogbebor:

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