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  05/21/20 - Kekaula KanihoSr/2021, Boise State, 5-10, 182 (DS#12 FS) + More +

  Now that the NCAA has set June 1 as the date student-athletes can begin returning to campus, the Boise State football coaching staff is busy formulating a plan for how to do so safely as the country continues to battle the spread of coronavirus. Broncos' coach Bryan Harsin said during a conference call with reporters Thursday he has helped write and review upwards of 30 plans. They're still in the early stages, but Harsin said not to expect the whole team back on June 1.

"I think everyone knows that June 1 is not going to be the day that everything just gets back to normal and we get back into our three lifting groups and go out there and run," Harsin said. "It's going to be a process, and that's being worked on right now." There's no immediate plan for the staff to begin trickling back into the facilities, but Harsin said that could begin happening in the next week. He said 35 players are already in town, and the players that return to campus first will be veterans, most of whom already have off-campus housing. Freshmen requiring on-campus housing won't begin arriving until July. "However they migrate here, it's going to happen in stages," Harsin said. "There is only so many guys you can handle at one time. … I think everyone's take is going to be a little different on that." - Idaho Statesman


(DS#12 FS) Sr/2021 FS Kekaula KanihoBoise State
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  05/19/20 - Jack SearsrJr/2022, Boise State, 6-2, 205 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  The Boise State football team added a veteran quarterback to its 2020 recruiting class Monday with the signing of graduate transfer Jack Sears. Sears spent the past three years at USC but didn't play football last fall, opting instead to focus on finishing his business administration degree. He joins the Broncos with two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately. In 2018, he served as the Trojans' No. 3 quarterback. He made his collegiate debut against Arizona State and completed 20-of-28 passes (.714) for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

As a senior at San Clemente High in California - the same program that produced Boise State linebacker Riley Whimpey - Sears threw for 2,602 yards and 37 touchdowns and added 1,135 rushing yards and nine more scores. He led the team to the 2016 CIF State 1-A championship and CIF Southern Section Division 2 title. Sophomore Hank Bachmeier is expected to return as the starter this fall at Boise State after going 7-1 last season while completing 62.6% of his passes and throwing for 1,879 yards and nine touchdowns. Redshirt junior Chase Cord appeared in eight games and made two starts. He suffered an injury Nov. 9 against Wyoming and missed the remainder of the season. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#23 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jack SearsBoise State
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  05/12/20 - Doug MartinrSr/2012, Boise State, 5-09, 223 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Former Boise State and NFL running back Doug Martin enjoys skateboarding through the neighborhoods near his home in Oakland, California. It helps him clear his head and formulate a plan for his future, but he rarely makes it very far before stopping to offer a meal to someone less fortunate. The California native has been in Boise for about three months, and on Monday, he joined Boise Radical Mutual Aid to help the homeless in the city he fell in love with while playing for the Broncos from 2007 to 2011. Boise Radical Mutual Aid is a loose collective of community volunteers who have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to support neighbors in need.

In what has become a weekly ritual, the group gathers near CATCH at Americana Boulevard and West Cooper Street to offer Boise's homeless population a home-cooked meal and donated clothing and outdoor gear. CATCH is a nonprofit that helps find housing for the homeless. "They're the forgotten people in our society, and they need help," Martin said Monday. "I'm just happy that all these people here are able to assist them because they need it." - Idaho Statesman


(DS#2 RB) rSr/2012 RB Doug MartinBoise State
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  05/08/20 - Sonatane LuiSr/2020, Boise State, 6-1, 288 (DS#64 DT) + More +

  When Boise State defensive tackle Sontane Lui sat out of the Las Vegas Bowl against the Washington Huskies, it was a surprise to many that Lui sat out of the game. Months after the end of the 2019 season, Lui sat down with KTVB to discuss the spinal injury that forced him out of football. In 2019, Lui started 13 games and racked up a career-best 49 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks - all en route to being named an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. - KTVB TV7 News

(DS#64 DT) Sr/2020 DT Sonatane LuiBoise State
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  04/25/20 - *Ezra ClevelandrJr/2020, Boise State, 6-6, 311 (DS#5 OT) + More +

  Former Boise State left tackle Ezra Cleveland is heading to Minnesota. The Vikings picked Cleveland on Friday with the 26th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft - No. 58 overall. The Broncos have now had at least one player drafted 11 years in a row. Cornerback Kyle Wilson began the streak in 2010 when the Jets took him No. 29 overall. When Cleveland was shown on ESPN learning of his selection, there was a large Boise State flag draped across the wall behind him. The highest-drafted Boise State offensive lineman was Ryan Clady, who went No. 12 overall in 2008 to the Broncos. Cleveland is the third-highest, behind Clady and Daryn Colledge - two longtime NFL starters.

Clady started 106 NFL games from 2008 to 2016, and Collledge started 137 games from 2006 to 2014. Cleveland started 40 games for Boise State the past three seasons. A foot injury limited him early last season, but he managed to start 13 games at left tackle and earn first-team All-Mountain West honors for the second year in a row. "He's a tough guy and athletic," Vikings Director of College Scouting Jamaal Stephenson said, according to the Post Bulletin in Minnesota. "He's mature. He's a grinder. He loves football and we think he's a guy who's going to come in and help us right away." - Idaho Statesman


(DS#5 OT) rJr/2020 OT *Ezra ClevelandBoise State
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  04/22/20 - *Ezra ClevelandrJr/2020, Boise State, 6-6, 311 (DS#5 OT) + More +

  Cleveland started 40 games for the Broncos the past three seasons. A foot injury limited him in practice early last fall, but he managed to start 13 games at left tackle and earn first-team All-Mountain West honors for the second year in a row. After declaring for the draft in December, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Spanaway, Washington, native impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.93 seconds and 30 reps on the bench press. From the coach: "He's a very good athlete, and he showed that at the combine. He has a desire to be great and to be successful in the National Football League. That's what you need when you get there." - The Boston Globe

(DS#5 OT) rJr/2020 OT *Ezra ClevelandBoise State
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  04/20/20 - Hank BachmeierSo/2023, Boise State, 6-1, 202 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Despite the cancellation of spring sports in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said Monday that programs in the conference will be fine for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. But if there's no football, he said the story changes dramatically. "If there's no college football this fall, there's very little likelihood there will be any other sports because 85% of revenue derived in college athletics comes from the sport of football," Thompson said in a video interview released by the Mountain West.

In 2018-19, Boise State football generated almost half of the $50,599,483 collected by the entire athletic department. Thompson hinted that Mountain West media days may be held in a virtual format in July, but he said the date could get pushed back depending on when, or if, football season begins. He also said scheduling is going to be a challenge, as Group of Five conferences compete with the obligations CBS and Fox already have to the NFL and Power Five college football games. "There's a lot of games that might be in a very condensed fall, if we're playing football in the fall," he said. The latest College Football Playoff budget was approved this week, according to Thompson, and it took a 16-20% cut. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#12 QB) So/2023 QB Hank BachmeierBoise State
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  04/13/20 - Uzoma OsujirSr/2021, Boise State, 6-6, 296 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  The Boise State football team added a second graduate transfer to its 2020 recruiting class in four days on Monday when Rice offensive lineman Ozuma Osuji announced his commitment on Twitter. Osuji will come in as a graduate transfer after spending the past four seasons at Rice. Last fall, he appeared in nine games and started one at left tackle. He redshirted as a freshman in 2016, and started the first six games of the 2018 season before missing three with a knee injury. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2021 OT Uzoma OsujiBoise State
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  Without the luxury of in-person workouts, NFL Draft hopefuls are going on camera in hopes of catching the eye of scouts. In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the NFL has banned all in-person visits leading up to the draft, effectively canceling organized pro days across the country. That hasn't stopped prospects from recording workouts with private trainers, though, and three former Boise State players released such videos the past couple weeks. Quarterback Jaylon Henderson's and tight end Garrett Collingham's were posted on YouTube last week.

Henderson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, posted a 10-foot broad jump and 37-inch vertical leap and a time of 6.93 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also showed off his accuracy and arm strength with a mix of timing and deep routes. Henderson, a former junior college transfer, went 4-0 last fall as the Broncos' starter in the final three games of the regular season and the Mountain West championship game. He didn't start the Las Vegas Bowl, but he did replace starter Hank Bachmeier in the second half and led Boise State's only scoring drive. Henderson finished his final college season with 1,080 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns (12 passing) and two interceptions. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#76 QB) rSr/2020 QB Jaylon HendersonBoise State
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  04/09/20 - *Ezra ClevelandrJr/2020, Boise State, 6-6, 311 (DS#5 OT) + More +

  Historically, players invited to the draft are believed to have first-round potential. Because of limitations on large gatherings, the draft won't take place in Las Vegas as scheduled, though, and players and team personnel will be in separate locations. The NFL announced Monday that the draft would proceed with a fully virtual format. Team personnel have been advised to be in separate locations, using phone and the internet to communicate. Cleveland announced Dec. 24 that he would skip his senior year and enter the draft. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.93 seconds - one of the fastest times among offensive linemen. Cleveland started 40 games the past three seasons at Boise State, and he was a first-team All-Mountain West pick the past two years. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#5 OT) rJr/2020 OT *Ezra ClevelandBoise State
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  03/17/20 - Jonny MessinarSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 166 (DS#999 K) + More +

  In middle school, Jonny Messina spent countless hours turning Boise State into a national powerhouse in dynasty mode on the NCAA 2007 video game because he was enamored with the Broncos’ blue turf. Now, he’ll get to play on it. On Friday, Messina announced that he’ll join Boise State this season as a graduate transfer and spend his final year of eligibility on the Blue. Read more here: https://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/college/mountain-west/boise-state-university/boise-state-football/article241234631.html#storylink=cpy

(DS#999 K) rSr/2021 K Jonny MessinaBoise State
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  03/08/20 - George HolaniSo/2023, Boise State, 5-11, 192 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Sophomore George Holani got better as his freshman season went on. He ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West with 1,014 rushing yards and helped the Broncos extend their streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 11 straight. He has put on 13 pounds since last fall, and he'll carry an even heavier workload this season after his 192 carries ranked No. 4 in the conference. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#11 RB) So/2023 RB George HolaniBoise State
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  03/05/20 - Jabari WatsonrSr/2021, Boise State, 6-1, 269 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Two Boise State players' careers have ended in medical retirement. Harsin confirmed Thursday that redshirt sophomore tight end Cole Ramseyer and redshirt senior defensive defensive tackle Jabari Watson are no longer on the roster but both remain enrolled at Boise State. Watson was a three-star recruit in 2016. He redshirted that year and played sparingly over the past three seasons. The nature of his injury was not revealed. Ramseyer is a Coeur d'Alene native, who 247sports ranked the No. 3 prospect in Idaho in 2018. He redshirted that year and appeared in one game last season. Harsin didn't go into the specifics of his injury, either. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2021 DE Jabari WatsonBoise State
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  03/04/20 - Khalil ShakirJr/2022, Boise State, 6-0, 186 (DS#46 WR) + More +

  Shakir led Boise State last season with 63 receptions and finished second on the team and No. 10 in the conference with 872 receiving yards. He also rushed for three touchdowns and threw his first career touchdown pass. He'll touch the ball as much as possible again in 2020, he should benefit from the growth of quarterback Hank Bachmeier and running back George Holani, both of whom are sophomores, and he'll likely step in for John Hightower as Boise State's big-play threat. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#46 WR) Jr/2022 WR Khalil ShakirBoise State
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  02/24/20 - *Curtis WeaverrJr/2020, Boise State, 6-2, 265 (DS#5 DE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Curtis Weaver, OLB, Boise State,...Weaver's 2019 campaign has also included being named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year as well as to the All-Mountain West First Team on Dec. 4. Heading into Saturday's Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl, Weaver has racked up a Mountain West-leading 13.5 sacks, ranking fifth in the nation, as well as a career-high 50 tackles, including 18.5 tackles-for-loss, a figure which also paces the conference and ranks tied for ninth in the FBS.

A Ted Hendricks Award finalist and Bednarik Award semifinalist, Weaver has recorded at least a share of a sack in eight of Boise State's 13 games, along with three multi-sack performances. He set a Boise State single-game record with 4.0 sacks Sept. 14 against Portland State, and, with three sacks Oct. 5 at UNLV, passed the previous conference career benchmark of 29.5 to become the Mountain West's career sack king. With 34.0 sacks to his name over his three seasons, Weaver ranks second in Boise State history, and is the FBS' active career leader. - Boise State Footbal


(DS#5 DE) rJr/2020 DE *Curtis WeaverBoise State
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