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  04/07/21 - Isaiah BagnahrFr/2024, Boise State, 6-3, 244 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Boise State STUD Isaiah Bagnah was drawn to the blue turf in Albertsons Stadium long before he ever got a scholarship offer from the Broncos. Bagnah said Boise State was his go-to team when playing NCAA Football on his Xbox because of the uniquely colored turf. These days, the 6-foot-4, 236-pound redshirt sophomore is not only playing on The Blue, but he has a chance to fill one of the most unique positions on the defense. STUD (Stand-up Defensive End) is a position that was once manned by some of the most talented pass rushers in program history, including Curtis Weaver and Jabril Frazier, who is now a graduate assistant for the Broncos. Weaver ranks No. 2 in program history with 34 career sacks, and he signed with the Cleveland Browns last year. "It is exciting. You work hard and you love to see the results of it," Bagnah told reporters on Friday. "All I can do now is keep putting my head down and going to work." Bagnah joined the Broncos' talent-laden 2019 recruiting class, which included quarterback Hank Bachmeier, running back George Holani, safety JL Skinner and fellow STUD Casey Kline. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 OLB) rFr/2024 OLB Isaiah BagnahBoise State
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  04/03/21 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 187 (DS#23 CB) + More +

  Former Boise State cornerback Avery Williams could be destined for a position change in the NFL. Williams was one of three Broncos who took full part in the school's pro day Wednesday in Boise State's indoor facility, and he showed what he can do in drills specific to defensive backs, running backs and slot receivers. The two-time Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, who made highlight reels with his kickoff and punt returns, said several NFL teams have mentioned to him the possibility of becoming a third-down running back. He started every game the past two seasons at defensive back, but he's fine with showing what else he can do. "I want to be the most versatile player in this draft," Williams told reporters on Wednesday. "I can do it all and I'm willing to do it all." - Idaho Statesman

(DS#23 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  03/30/21 - Stefan CobbsrSo/2023, Boise State, 6-0, 184 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Boise State wide receiver Stefan Cobbs is getting back to his roots this spring with a new jersey number that has served his family well. Cobbs switched from 82 to 5, which is the number he wore while racking up 24 touchdowns as a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Texas. It's also the number his father wore during his high school career in Dallas, and Cobbs' younger brother, Daniel, wears it now. He's also a wide receiver and a junior at Fossil Ridge. "It's an old family number that I always rocked with, and I had to work for it," Cobbs told reporters on Friday. The 6-foot, 182-pound redshirt junior has been waiting for the number to become available. It was shared by former tight end Garrett Collingham and safety Evan Tyler during Cobbs' first two years with the program.

Tyler, alone, wore it last season, but it opened up when he didn't join the eight seniors who returned for the extra year of eligibility the NCAA offered because of COVID-19. Cobbs said his teammates knew he wanted it, so he didn't have any competition. Everyone involved will be ecstatic if going back to No. 5 means a repeat of his senior season at Fossil Ridge when he earned 6A all-state honors with 67 catches for 1,332 yards and those 24 TDs. "When you have your opportunity, make your play," he said. "If you don't have that mindset, then you're not going to prepare as hard. Everybody in the wide receivers room has that mindset, which is why everybody is out there making plays in practice." - Idaho Statesman


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Stefan CobbsBoise State
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  03/28/21 - Scale IgiehonJr/2022, Boise State, 6-2, 293 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Igiehon likely has the most upside of the group. There's a good chance he would have started as a sophomore had he not been playing behind a veteran group, led by David Moa, Chase Hatada and Sonatane Lui. Avalos said Thursday that the Del Valle, Texas, native is healthy this spring and moving better than ever. "He looks great moving around," Avalos said. "He has developed his burst and his quickness is elite." - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 DT) Jr/2022 DT Scale IgiehonBoise State
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  03/22/21 - Markel ReedSo/2023, Boise State, 6-0, 179 (DS#48 CB) + More +

  Boise State will be without one of its top cornerbacks this spring as the Broncos search for replacements for starters Jalen Walker and Avery Williams. Junior Markel Reed said Friday that he will miss the spring after having surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, but he expects to be healthy in time for fall camp. "I'm watching the guys compete every single day," Reed told reporters on Friday. "They have their heads on right, they're grinding it out and it's a different vibe around here right now." Reed said he injured his shoulder during his freshman season in 2019 but played through it that year - appearing in 11 games - and again last season when he appeared in all seven games and finished with a career-high 16 tackles. The timing of the injury isn't ideal for the Broncos, who are lacking in experienced cornerbacks. Reed and redshirt juniors Tyric LeBeauf and Chris Mitchell are the veterans in the room, but none of them have started a game in their careers. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#48 CB) So/2023 CB Markel ReedBoise State
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  03/12/21 - Khalil ShakirJr/2022, Boise State, 6-0, 190 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  The Boise State football team's top wide receiver will be limited in practice as the Broncos open spring ball on Friday. Khalil Shakir is still rehabbing after an injury he suffered during the Mountain West championship game last December against San Jose State. Boise State football coach Andy Avalos didn't go into the specifics about the injury Thursday, describing it as a "lower half injury," but he did say it required surgery. Shakir is one of just two starters who will not fully participate as spring practice opens. Shakir led the Broncos led season with 52 catches for 719 yards and six receiving touchdowns. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#7 WR) Jr/2022 WR Khalil ShakirBoise State
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  03/09/21 - Octavius EvansrSr/2022, Boise State, 6-0, 205 (DS#204 WR) + More +

  Boise State wide receiver Octavius Evans feels like he has a new lease on life thanks to the extra year of eligibility the NCAA offered fall athletes because of the affects COVID-19 had on the 2020 season. After averaging more than 60 catches a season at Center High in Texas, he showed flashes of big-play ability while appearing in every game his freshman season at Boise State. But injuries and struggles on and off the field have kept him from landing a consistent role in the Broncos' offense.

Evans is one of eight super seniors expected to take the field Friday for the Broncos' first spring practice. He said the choice to return was an easy one to make, and he plans to take full advantage of the opportunity in front of him. "I definitely wanted to come back and finish what I started," he said. "I feel like there's still a lot I can do here, but I also came back to have fun and have that experience with my friends. You have to cherish those moments because football is going to end someday for everybody." Evans caught 15 passes in 14 games as a freshman, and he hauled in the first two touchdowns of his career. He's caught just 25 passes in the 21 games he's appeared in since his freshman year. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#204 WR) rSr/2022 WR Octavius EvansBoise State
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  03/06/21 - Caleb BiggersJr/2022, Boise State, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Boise State football coach Andy Avalos said on National Signing Day in February that he was open to adding transfers at a number of positions, and it didn't take him long to do just that. Former Bowling Green cornerback Caleb Biggers announced Thursday on Twitter that he has joined the Broncos' 2021 class. The native of Baltimore, Maryland, started 19 games at the Mid-American Conference school since 2018 and appeared in 25. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior started 15 consecutive games for the Falcons: 10 in 2019 and five last year in a season that was shortened because of COVID-19. He hasn't recorded an interception in his career, but he finished fourth on the team last fall with 26 tackles. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Caleb BiggersBoise State
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  02/04/21 - George HolaniSo/2023, Boise State, 5-11, 206 (DS#18 RB) + More +

  Quarterback Chase Cord will miss spring practice for the third year in a row, Boise State football coach Andy Avalos confirmed Thursday morning. Avalos also said defensive lineman Demitri Washington will miss spring ball as he continues to recover from a leg injury suffered last October during the Broncos' win at Air Force. On the bright side, Avalos said running back George Holani is healthy and ready to go this spring. The sophomore played in just one full game last season - the opener against Utah State - before suffering a knee injury the following week at Air Force. Holani posted 1,014 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman in 2019. "He's really excited for spring ball, and we can't wait to see him get going again," Avalos said. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#18 RB) So/2023 RB George HolaniBoise State
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  01/28/21 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 187 (DS#23 CB) + More +

  Two-time Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year Avery Williams was honored again Wednesday, winning the Jet Award, which goes to the top return specialist in the country. The award is named after 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, of Nebraska fame. Williams earned consensus All-American and first-team All-Mountain West honors this year after leading the nation in 2020 with four special teams touchdowns. The native of Pasadena, California, was also named first-team all-conference as a cornerback, kick returner and punt returner. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#23 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  Oregon's No. 3 running back has entered the transfer portal. Cyrus Habibi-Likio, a redshirt-junior, announced he is leaving the program on Saturday. Used mostly as a short-yardage back, Habibi-Likio had just 19 carries for 36 yards and four touchdowns and five catches for 66 yards this season and three tackles on special teams coverage units. He had 85 carries for 337 yards and 10 touchdowns and nine carries for 32 yards in a breakout 2019 season after debuting with 18 carries for 36 yards and seven scores in 2018. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Cyrus Habibi-LikioBoise State
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  01/07/21 - Khalil ShakirJr/2022, Boise State, 6-0, 190 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir is a finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced, Wednesday. The honor is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry who epitomizes great ability and integrity. Shakir recorded 52 receptions for 719 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. He added 148 rushing yards and was one of only two players nationally with 700 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing this season. - Lewiston Tribune

(DS#7 WR) Jr/2022 WR Khalil ShakirBoise State
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  12/16/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 187 (DS#23 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Avery Williams, Sr., Boise State,...Williams, a cornerback and return specialist, swept his nominations, earning first-team all-league accolades at defensive back, punt returner and kick returner, in addition to his player of the year award. Prior to the 2019 season, Boise State had never had a student-athlete earn a conference special teams player of the year award, and Williams has now done it in back-to-back seasons. - Boise State Football

(DS#23 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  12/16/20 - Khalil ShakirJr/2022, Boise State, 6-0, 190 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Khalil Shakir, Jr., Boise State,...Shakir is the fourth Bronco wide receiver to earn All-MW First Team honors since Boise State joined the league in 2011 (Tyler Shoemaker, 2011; Thomas Sperbeck, 2015-16; Cedrick Wilson, 2017), and Williams is the Broncos' third first-team all-league cornerback during that time (Jamar Taylor, 2012; Tyler Horton, 2017-18). The Broncos' 10 first-and second-team accolades were tied with Nevada for the most in the conference. - Boise State Football

(DS#7 WR) Jr/2022 WR Khalil ShakirBoise State
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  12/16/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 187 (DS#23 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): KR & PR - Avery Williams, Sr., Boise State,...Williams' accolade at punt returner is also his second-straight, the only Bronco to earn first-team all-conference honors as a return specialist in the MW. - Boise State Football

(DS#23 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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