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  11/22/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 188 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  Avery Williams had 192 all-purpose yards - including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown - Khalil Shakir caught two touchdowns passes, and Boise State beat Hawaii 40-32 on Saturday night. Andrew Van Buren had a career-highs of 27 carries and 113 yards rushing for Boise State (4-1, 4-0 Mountain West Conference). Shakir finished with a career-best 11 receptions for 130 yards. Williams, the 2019 conference special teams player of the the year, had a 34-yard punt return to the Hawaii 44 and two plays later Hank Bachmeier hit Khalil Shakir for a 38-yard touchdown.

The Rainbow Warriors then went three-and-out - for the fourth time in their first six possessions - and Shakir caught a 3-yard TD pass from wide receiver CT Thomas on a jet-sweep pass to make it 19-3 just before halftime. Chevan Cordeiro was 25-of-48 passing for 253 yards and three TDs - including two to Calvin Turner - and added 90 yards rushing on 18 carries for Hawaii (2-3, 2-3). Turner had scoring catches of 36 and 15 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. Boise State has won nine in a row against the Rainbow Warriors, including a 31-10 victory in the 2019 conference championship game. - Boise State/AP College Football


(DS#42 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  11/21/20 - Hank BachmeierSo/2023, Boise State, 6-0, 204 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  The last time Boise State sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier started back-to-back weeks was in early October 2019, when he was emerging as a young star. He's expected to do that again Saturday - 13 months later - and against the same opponent that derailed his 2019 season: Hawaii. Bachmeier missed the Air Force win and BYU loss this season after testing positive for COVID-19, he told the media Tuesday. He returned last week to help the Broncos (3-1 overall, 3-0 Mountain West) beat Colorado State. "I can't control injuries. I can't control a global pandemic," Bachmeier said. "They're all things that are kind of out of my sphere of control. It stinks, but they're things that I can't control. But I can control how prepared I am."

Bachmeier went 6-0 as the starter last season before he was injured in the regular-season win against Hawaii. He missed the loss to BYU, returned to beat San Jose State and got injured again, then missed the final four regular-season games and the Mountain West title game against Hawaii. He was back in the lineup for the bowl loss to Washington - then didn't get to play for 10 months as the Broncos waited for a belated green light to compete during the pandemic. In all, Bachmeier is 9-1 as a starter, and the Broncos are 6-2 without him. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#22 QB) So/2023 QB Hank BachmeierBoise State
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  11/16/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 188 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  NOV 16 MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: AVERY WILLIAMS, BOISE STATE, Senior, Punt Returner, Pasadena, California/JSerra Catholic HS,...Blocked two punts in Boise State's victory over Colorado State, improving the Broncos to 3-1 on the year...Both blocked punts resulted in Boise State touchdowns, with Williams recovering the first one in the end zone for the game's opening score and the second was scooped by DJ Schramm and returned 20 yards for a touchdown...Averaged 12.1 yards per punt return, with a long of 33. - Mountain West Football

(DS#42 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  11/12/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 188 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  Avery Williams blocked two punts that were returned for touchdowns in the first half, Boise State had three special teams touchdowns off blocked kicks, and the Broncos routed Colorado State 52-21 on Thursday night. Williams recovered his own blocked punt for a touchdown 52 seconds into the game. Late in the first half, Williams came off the edge and blocked his second punt, this one picked up by DJ Schramm and returned 20 yards for a TD that made it 42-7.

Williams was the Mountain West special teams player of the year a season ago. He has seven career special teams touchdowns, the first six coming on kickoff or punt returns, including an 88-yard kickoff return fort a TD this season at Air Force. Kekaula Kaniho also returned a blocked field goal 91 yards for a score late in the first quarter. It was the first time Boise State had multiple blocked kicks returned for touchdowns in a game since moving to the FBS in 1996. The Broncos (3-1, 3-0 Mountain West) rebounded from last week’s 51-17 drubbing by No. 8 BYU, the worst home loss for Boise State since 1996. - AP College Football


(DS#42 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  11/03/20 - Jack SearsrJr/2022, Boise State, 6-2, 219 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  The Boise State football team climbed four spots to No. 21 in the latest AP Top 25 poll on Sunday and cracked the top 25 in the coaches poll, coming in at No. 23. Last week, the Broncos made their regular-season debut in the AP poll at No. 25. They were just outside the top 25 in the Coaches poll. On Saturday, the Broncos (2-0) passed their first road test of the season with a 49-30 win at Air Force (1-2). Making his first start as a Bronco, quarterback Jack Sears racked up four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), including a 75-yard touchdown strike to CT Thomas on his first pass of the game. Sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier missed the game for undisclosed reasons.

Starting safety JL Skinner also didn't make the trip, and Boise State lost running back George Holani, defensive end Demitri Washington and nose tackle Scale Igiehon to injury during the game. No information on the severity of their injuries was available after the game, but Washington was taken to the locker room on a cart. Boise State is one of five teams from the Group of Five in the AP top 25, led by Cincinnati (5-0), which moved up to No. 6 after a dominant win over American Athletic Conference rival Memphis. Two more undefeated teams - Coastal Carolina (6-0) and Marshall (5-0) - are Nos. 15 and 16, respectively, and SMU (6-1) is ranked No. 18. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#24 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jack SearsBoise State
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  11/02/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 188 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: AVERY WILLIAMS, BOISE STATE, Senior, Kickoff Returner, Pasadena, California/JSerra Catholic HS,...Returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Boise State's 49-30 victory over Air Force...Averaged 44.3 yards on three kickoff returns...Now has six career return touchdowns (four punt, two kickoff). - Mountain West Football

(DS#42 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  10/31/20 - Jack SearsrJr/2022, Boise State, 6-2, 219 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Jack Sears' first throw as a starting quarterback in two years went for a 75-yard touchdown. That's not a bad way to make an instant impression with his new teammates. Sears threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score while filling in for starter Hank Bachmeier, Avery Williams scored on an 88-yard kickoff return and No. 25 Boise State beat Air Force 49-30 on Saturday night. The last time Sears started a game was 2018 - when he was a redshirt freshman at Southern California. He threw for 235 yards and two TDs that day against Arizona State. In between then and Saturday, he's had quite a journey: playing backup for the Trojans and sitting out last season to focus on his degree before transferring to Boise State. He played a few snaps in a blowout win last weekend against Utah State - throwing three passes - but nothing like his performance Saturday, with Bachmeier not making the trip for an unspecified reason. Asked about when he found out he was starting, Sears played coy. He did say the decision wasn't sprung on him. Sears made the most of his chance by finishing 17 of 20 for 280 yards and no turnovers. - AP College/Boise State Football

(DS#24 QB) rJr/2022 QB Jack SearsBoise State
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  10/24/20 - Hank BachmeierSo/2023, Boise State, 6-0, 204 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Hank Bachmeier threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, George Holani rushed for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Boise State defeated Utah State 42-13 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Boise State won its home opener for the 11th straight time and hasn’t dropped a conference opener since 1999. Utah State continued its abysmal record against the Broncos, losing for the 17th time in the last 18 matchups. Despite the game taking place in an empty stadium with less atmosphere than a spring game, Boise State brought plenty of intensity on defense and sprinkled in its trademark pizzazz on offense. The Broncos held Utah State to 45 total yards in the first half, keeping Utah State quarterback Jason Shelley under constant duress. Meanwhile, Bachmeier shined in his return after an injury-mired 2019 season. He utilized his full complement of receivers, completing passes to eight different players. Khalil Shakir led the corps with seven receptions and a pair of touchdowns, including a 52-yard scoring strike. - Boise State/AP College Football

(DS#22 QB) So/2023 QB Hank BachmeierBoise State
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  10/21/20 - Brock MillerrSr/2021, Boise State, 6-2, 234 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  This year has been a wild ride for Boise State linebacker Brock Miller. He transferred from N.C. State for what was supposed to be his final year of eligibility and moved across the country to a city he'd never visited. He's diving into a new playbook full of unfamiliar terminology, and trying to ingratiate himself to his new teammates while COVID-19 continues to alter the college football landscape. And he somehow found time to get married. "It's been a crazy 2020, and it's definitely been a learning process, coming to a new school and trying to learn the system and learn the culture," Miller told reporters this month.

Miller committed to Boise State in January after having started 11 games for the Wolfpack in 2019. At N.C. State, he lined up as a boundary linebacker in a 3-3-5 scheme - a role he said was similar to the Broncos' STUDs - and at weak-side linebacker in a 4-2-5 scheme. The Port St. Lucie, Florida, native's familiarity with different positions and formations and his experience in games against the likes of No. 1 Clemson have already stood out to his new coach. "He's got a maturity about him," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin told reporters. "He's going to come in here and work, he's going to do his part and he's going to build trust with coaches and players on the team." - Idaho Statesman


(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Brock MillerBoise State
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  10/21/20 - Jack SearsrJr/2022, Boise State, 6-2, 219 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Boise State released its initial depth chart Monday ahead of this weekend's season opener against Utah State, and a newcomer will back up sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier despite the fact that he hasn't played in a game since Nov. 27, 2018. Jack Sears, a graduate transfer from USC, will open the fall as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback after signing with the team in February. He spent the past three years with the Trojans but sat out last season to focus on completing his undergraduate degree. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that he's seen enough from Sears to be comfortable with him playing. He also said it's impossible to simulate the physicality and speed of a game during the week because, like at most programs around the country, the Broncos' quarterbacks are donning red jerseys in practice, which means they're off-limits.

In 2018, Sears was USC's No. 3 quarterback, but he impressed in his only outing of the season. Facing Arizona State, he completed 20-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Harsin feels like he knows what Sears can do on the field. Now it's just a matter of him settling into another new system after having already gone through multiple offensive coordinators at USC. "That's probably the most challenging thing at the quarterback position, learning a new system," Harsin said. "It's really the same plays but in a different language." - Idaho Statesman


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  One of the biggest surprises on Boise State's depth chart was on the defensive line where redshirt sophomore Demitri Washington is listed at defensive end, but Harsin warned not to put too much stock in where he's listed on the two-deep because he's going to line up in multiple positions. "He's that guy that keeps taking that next step, and that provides us the opportunity to move him around," Harsin said. Last season, Washington appeared in all 14 games - mostly at STUD - and posted 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. At 6-foot-3 and 272 pounds, he has the size to help against the run, but his athleticism makes him an ideal candidate to replace former STUD Curtis Weaver's Mountain West-leading 13.5 sacks. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2023 DE Demitri WashingtonBoise State
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  10/18/20 - Hank BachmeierSo/2023, Boise State, 6-0, 204 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  New offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said improving Bachmeier's footwork will help him deliver passes on time, which will lead to fewer collisions. "He was a little all over the map last year," Kiesau told reporters. "How you play the game at quarterback is getting in a rhythm so you don't have to think about some of those fundamentals and just go play the game with your eyes downfield." Bachmeier spent plenty of time this offseason working on his own to make sure each step in his drop matches the timing of the routes his receivers are running. "All your footwork times up with a specific route concept," Bachmeier said. "Am I too slow? Am I too fast? Am I double hitching? We've been working on all those things to get the timing down."

Avoiding a sophomore slump has been on the forefront of Bachmeier's mind, but spring ball was canceled and offseason workouts were limited because of COVID-19, which left him with a little more free time than usual. He spent part of it earning the nickname "Hillbilly Hank." The Murrieta, California, native hadn't explored much of Idaho outside of Boise and he had never ridden a horse before making a trip to teammate Tyler Eiguren's family ranch in Fruitland. He had to borrow boots and a hat and didn't even own a pair of jeans before his first ride. - Idaho Statesman


(DS#22 QB) So/2023 QB Hank BachmeierBoise State
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  09/25/20 - Avery WilliamsrSr/2021, Boise State, 5-09, 188 (DS#42 CB) + More +

  The Mountain West Conference Board of Directors met last night and approved plans to resume football competition following the Aug. 10 indefinite postponement of fall sports due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conference’s amended regular-season schedule will begin on Saturday, Oct. 24, with the intent to play eight games. The MW Football Championship Game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 19. Any return to competition is subject to state, county and local approvals.

The Mountain West has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to implement testing protocols across all member institutions. The agreement with Quest delivers frequent testing with rapid results, providing a major step forward for sport competition to resume. The Mountain West will require all football student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field to undergo testing three times per week. - Mountain West Football


(DS#42 CB) rSr/2021 CB Avery WilliamsBoise State
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  09/04/20 - CT ThomasSr/2021, Boise State, 5-08, 175 (DS#114 WR) + More +

  Senior wide receiver CT Thomas was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, announced Wednesday morning. The award, which honors the legacy of Texas legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, is given annually to college football's top performer who meets any of the following criteria: born in Texas, and/or played football at a Texas high school, junior college, and/or university.

Thomas, who was born in Dallas and grew up in Lancaster, Texas, where he starred for Lancaster High, finished the 2019 campaign with 41 catches for 522 yards and five touchdowns. On the year, Thomas found the end zone six times, also carrying for a score as he rushed twice for 22 yards in 2019. The Lancaster native posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games last year, opening the season with 103 yards on five receptions in Boise State's 36-31 win at Florida State. - Lewiston Tribune


(DS#114 WR) Sr/2021 WR CT ThomasBoise State
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  08/28/20 - Jabril FrazierrSr/2019, Boise State, 6-4, 239 (DS#32 DE) + More +

  Two former Boise State defensive linemen have landed coaching positions with the Broncos. On Tuesday, the program announced the hiring of former pass rusher Jabril Frazier as a defensive graduate assistant and the addition of recently graduated lineman Chase Hatada to the strength and conditioning staff. Frazier couldn't contain his excitement on Twitter. "Excited to be back home on the blue to start this new journey," he posted. "GO BRONCOS!" Frazier was a two-time All-Mountain West pick at Boise State, earning first-team honors as a senior in 2018. He was second on the team that year in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (nine). He posted a career-high six sacks in 2017 and finished his college career with 17. The Los Angeles native joined the New York Jets last year as an undrafted free agent, but he never appeared in a game. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#32 DE) rSr/2019 DE Jabril FrazierBoise State
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