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Boise State’s Hartsfield welcomes chance to step into starting role

Though Boise State would certainly prefer to have all hands on deck, the team feels confident it can still thrive after Tuesday’s announcement that redshirt sophomore safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner will be suspended the first four games of the season.

A big reason in that attitude is the guy slated to start in Sumner-Gardner’s place, junior Cameron Hartsfield.

“I feel very good about Cam Hartsfield being out there,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “... One of the things I’ll say with tremendous confidence, Cam Hartsfield has been since last spring one of the most improved players.”

Hartsfield, who has played in all but one game the last two seasons, has 12 career tackles, calling it “more of a support role.” He said he approached this season ready for a bigger workload.

“I’ve had a lot of experience here at Boise State ... once I started knowing the defense more, started talking more, getting more confident, things started to come together,” Hartsfield said. “I’m ready for it.”

The 5-foot-10, 196-pound Hartsfield said the praise has meant a lot, but he’s eager to help lead the defense Saturday at Louisiana, a defense with more than a few question marks.

“I think we’re extremely motivated,” Hartsfield said.

Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said of Hartsfield: “there’s one guy in particular right there, Cam Hartsfield, who has elevated his role on this team all the way around, put in a lot of time studying ... he’s done everything that we’ve asked to the best of his ability.”

I wrote a profile of Hartsfield earlier this month. Check it out here.

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Per a tweet from Harsin, the Broncos handed out their final open scholarship today to walk-on running back Ryan Wolpin. A redshirt junior, Wolpin redshirted in 2013 at Northern Colorado, then sat out 2014 after transferring to Boise State. He rushed 25 times for 155 yards last season, capping it off with 87 yards in the Poinsettia Bowl. Here is a story we did on him in November.

Wolpin is the fifth walk-on to be put on scholarship this month, the most since the Broncos also doled out five in 2007.

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