Jeron Johnson, Ryan Clady heading to the Super Bowl

Two former Boise State players are heading to the Super Bowl.  Jeron Johnson of the Seattle Seahawks and Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos will both be making the trip to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII which will be played on February 2nd.  Unfortunately neither will play as both of their seasons were cut short by injuries, but they get to soak in the festivities and one of them will earn a ring.

 

 

The two will join Rolly Woolsey (Cowboys, 1976), Markus Koch (Redskins, 1988, 1992), Quintin Mikell (Eagles 2005), Kimo Von Oelhoffen (Steelers, 2006), Daryn Colledge (Packers, 2011), and Korey Hall (Packers, 2011) as Boise State players to have played in a Super Bowl.

Koch, Oelhoffen, Colledge, and Hall all won Super Bowl rings.

Good luck to Ryan and Jeron – Bronco Nation is excited for you!

How Denver can stop LeGarrette Blount

Although we don’t usually cover the NFL, here is a great write-up from former Boise State safety Jason Robinson on how Boise State stopped Blount in their 2009 game, and how Denver can learn from the other Broncos:

Long before he became famous for scoring four rushing touchdowns in a single NFL playoff game, LeGarrette Blount was a household name in Idaho. During his days as an Oregon Duck, Blount was involved in a post-game physical altercation that landed him on ESPN for week, and the sideline for the remainder of his senior season.  However, the story that didn’t make headlines was that the Boise State defense held Blount to a career low -5 rushing yards in that same 2009 game. If the Denver Broncos want to have the same success against Blount as the Boise State Broncos did, there are three things they must do in today’s game to contain the rushing weapon of mass destruction that is Blount.

 

 

1.     Make Him Move Laterally

The first key to the Boise State Broncos’ defensive containment of Blount was to take away vertical seams in the run game. Blount is a great running back when he is able to run behind his shoulder pads and run north and south. Blount is faster than he is quick; meaning he is more dangerous running in full stride than he is at making lateral moves at the line of scrimmage. If the Denver Broncos can take away the vertical seams, this will slow him down just enough to give the defense time to rally between plays.

 

2.     Wrap Up

In today’s NFL, the “launch” tackle (when a defensive player attempts to tackle the ball carrier without first getting his arms wrapped around him) has become a trend amongst defensive players, but that maneuver will be of no use against a running back like Blount. Why? Because at 6 foot 5 inches and 250 pounds, Blount can use his superior athleticism to easily avoid or break those inadequate tackling attempts. Every member of the Denver Bronco’s defense must use both arms when tackling to even have a chance to bring this man down.

 

3.     Get in His Head

This is the NFL Playoffs – anything goes. Like many other NFL players, Blount doesn’t back down from confrontation. This is a critical component in containing his run game. The Denver Bronco’s defense should have someone jawing in Blount’s ear between every whistle with one goal – piss him off. There is only so much the Bronco’s can do to physically stop Blount, but if they can get in his head then he will remove himself from the game. It is this sort of gamesmanship that is necessary to stop Blount.

 

If the Denver Broncos defense can implement these three key strategies of the 2009 Boise State Broncos’ game plan, their chances of hoisting the Lamar Hunt trophy today are much more likely. The Broncos still need to formulate a plan to control the rest of the “Brady Bunch,” but as far as Blount goes, the equation is rather simple: take away vertical running lanes + use two-arm tackling + trash talk = -5 Rushing Yards.

 

Jason Robinson

Safety at Boise State 2006-2010

Special Teams Captain 2009

Twitter @jrob5

Broncos have a new QB – Tommy Football coming to Boise

According to his own Twitter, Butte College quarterback Thomas Stuart, AKA “Tommy Football” will be joining the Broncos and attending classes this spring.

 

This will definitely help the Broncos out with their quarterback depth after losing Nick Patti who has decided to leave Boise State.

Here is a write-up from B.J. Rains at the Idaho Press-Tribune on Stuart’s commitment.

Here is Stuarts profile from 247 Sports.

 

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Boise State Basketball meets NBA Jam in City of Threes

If you are like me and you grew up in the days when you had to walk to the arcade to play video games the size of Mini Coopers you will love this video:

BOOM SHAKA LAKA!

Boise State flips A&M commit, lands Dylan Sumner-Gardner

Photo courtesy @_KingDSG

Wow.  Attack the future is right.

Bryan Harsin and staff showed that they mean business when it comes to recruiting when four-star safety and Texas A&M commit Dylan Sumner-Gardner tweeted today he was following Marcel Yates to Boise:

 

This is a huge get for a fan-base that was yearning for some great recruiting news after losing what seemed like every commit they had received under Chris Petersen.  It also goes to show that all the hype about the new coaching staff being great recruiters was true.  To be able to get a S.E.C. caliber player to flip to Boise State is nothing short of miraculous.

Sumner-Gardner is the 86th ranked player and the 10th ranked safety in the country by Rivals, and held offers from Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, and Texas among others.

Oh, and according to Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports (who predicted DSG would follow Marcel Yates to Boise on December 18th), there is more big news to come:

 

It should be an exciting few weeks with recruiting as Harsin and staff have shown they are going to give it all they have to get the best players possible on The Blue!

#AttackTheFuture!

Gameday Poll: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – Broncos vs. Beavers

Well it is finally here.  The last game-day of the year has arrived as Boise State will take on Oregon State in the final game of the 2013 season.  It has been a rough – and strange one – so let’s hope we can end it with a big win!  What do you think will be the outcome?  Vote below and leave a comment with your score prediction if you wish!

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Another coach hired, another home-run: Mike Sanford Jr. named Offensive Coordinator

Any hesitations Bronco fans had about what kind of staff Bryan Harsin would put together have been erased with the announcement yesterday of Mike Sanford Jr. as Boise State’s new Offensive Coordinator.  After announcing earlier in the day that Marcel Yates would be the Defensive Coordinator one phrase has been used a lot:  home-run hire.

This tweet from @J_Moore_92 sums up how Harsin’s coaching hires have gone:

Sanford was a name many people had talked about when debating who Harsin should hire as OC, but there was some skepticism that he would leave Stanford.  Mike had been very instrumental in helping build the Stanford football program back up under both Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw, and had built a name for himself in recruiting, even being named as the number one West Coast recruiter by both ESPN and 247 Sports.  Getting him back to his Alma Mater is a huge win for Boise State and Bryan Harsin.

Mike Played QB for Boise State for four years, graduating in 2005, and was a part of a team that went 54-9 in his four years, and played in a bowl game every season.  After graduation, Mike stayed with Boise State for Spring practice in 2005 as a special assistant before accepting a Graduate Assistant position at UNLV, where his dad was the head coach.

Mike continued to climb the coaching ladder, being hired as an offensive assistant by Stanford in 2007, before moving on to Yale in 2009, Western Kentucky in 2010, and then back to Stanford in 2011.  With each stop he took on more responsibilities.  In his coaching career Mike has coached Tight Ends, Running Backs, Full Backs, Wide Receivers, and Quarterbacks, as well as being both a recruiting coordinator and pass game coordinator.

I would say he is more than well qualified to take over the Boise State offense.

Welcome back to The Blue, Mike!

 

Marcel Yates bringing DBU back to The Blue

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Multiple sources are reporting that Marcel Yates will be named the new Defensive Coordinator at Boise State.

Yates is currently the Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary coach at Texas A & M.  Prior to his stint with the Aggies Marcel was Defensive Backs coach at Boise State, and also played for the Broncos.

Yates helped bring the name “DBU” to Boise State after putting multiple players in the NFL from his Boise State teams including Gerald Alexander, Orlando Scandrick, Kyle Wilson, Brandyn Thompson, Jeron Johnson, and George Iloka.

Welcome back to The Blue, Marcel!

Here is Marcel’s bio from Texas A & M

 

Avalos and Huff staying on The Blue

Bryan Harsin has added two more to his staff as he announced Tuesday that current coaches Andy Avalos and Scott Huff will be a part of the new era of Bronco football.

Coach Harsin released this Statement:

“I’m very excited to be able to retain two Broncos in Scott Huff and Andy Avalos. Both are quality coaches and people, and excellent recruiters. I think it’s important we continue the tradition of the program, and each has played a key role in the past for Boise State – both as a coach and a player. I’m also excited to get Coach Huff back with the position he played for Boise State. Both Coach Huff and Coach Avalos had excellent playing careers, and they bring great passion and energy to the program.”

Hopefully we will continue to get more news on Harsin’s staff this week.

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