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!

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.

 

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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NCAA 14 Simulation: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – Boise State vs. Oregon State

Editors note:  This simulation was posted before the news of Joe Southwick being sent home.

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:   

Beautiful sunny weather made this Christmas Eve the perfect way to finish off a season that started with high expectations, but concluded with the loss of a coach. With an interim coach and a quarterback fully recovered from an ankle the Broncos took the field ready to end the season on a good note. With the opening possession the Broncos faltered while trying to adapt to so many new faces leading the program. Oregon State took their opening drive and ended with a long 61 yard pass to Hamlett from Mannion.

The Broncos made the necessary changes when Southwick and Company returned to the field and used a running attack and short passing to move the ball down the field. Southwick finished off the drive when he found Holden Huff open for a six yard touchdown and drawing the game even. The Beavers were then forced to punt the ball, and give the Broncos another chance for points before the end of the quarter. Boise State capitalized when Southwick found an open Matt Miller from fourteen yards away to give the Broncos their first lead of the game.

Very little points were scored during the second quarter until with 2:19 left before halftime. The Beavers were able to put together a successful drive and finished it off kicking a thirty-nine yard field goal. Boise State used the no huddle, and moved the ball closer to the opposition’s goal line with time winding down. Southwick slipped past a defender and ran in for a score from five yards away with 0:48 left in the half.

The opening drive of the second half proved to be unfruitful for the Beavers when Mannion found an open Bronco defender, turning the ball over. Jay Ajayi shouldered the load on this drive behind a powerful offensive line which gave him plenty of room to run. Southwick found Boldewijn open for a thirty-seven yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Oregon State responded with a drive of their own when Brown ran in for the score from fourteen yards away. Boise State used a quick offense to get down inside Beaver territory and completed another successful drive when Ajayi scored on a six yard touchdown run.

With only fifteen minutes left in the game emotions started to get the best of players as plenty of penalties slowed down the scoring. Midway through the final quarter the Broncos got inside Oregon State territory and Dan Goodale kicked a twenty-two yard field goal. Immediately after the Beavers moved the ball down the field and Mannion found Cummings open on a twenty-six yard touchdown pass. With the final points on the board the Broncos had finished the season with one final victory and one more trophy for the trophy case.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – Oregon State 24  

 

THE UGLY:      

With two programs coming off what many would consider a disappointing season, the Hawaii bowl showcased teams ready to finish the season on the right foot. Early in the game both teams appeared to be out of sync from the longer layoff. Neither team found much success on the ground as defenses stopped the run time and time again. Oregon State ended the scoring draught towards the end of the first quarter when Ward made his way into the end zone after a two yard run.

The Broncos’ offense led by Joe Southwick continued to be slowed by the Beavers defense for most of the first half. Oregon State increased their lead when Mannion found Gwacham open for an eight yard touchdown pass. The Broncos finally found some success running the ball and capitalized when Devan Demas found the end zone after a two yard touchdown run. Boise State’s defense forced an Oregon State interception and Joe Southwick came back onto the field ready to lead.

Southwick used a balance passing attack and finished the drive when Boldewijn caught a five yard touchdown reception for the score. The Beavers returned to the field with under a minute before halftime and they didn’t disappoint. Mannion found Mullaney open for a forty-five yard touchdown pass with 0:05 left in the half.

Heading into the third quarter the Beavers held a 21-14 advantage and increased their lead when Ward again found the end zone, this time after a five yard run. Boise State was able to respond on their next offensive possession, but only with a field goal by Dan Goodale from twenty-seven yards away. On the final play of the third quarter Mannion found Cummings open for a five yard touchdown pass, increasing the Beaver lead.

Midway through the fourth quarter Matt Miller caught a four yard pass from Southwick which got the Broncos a little closer. Boise State went for the two point conversion and a batted down pass kept the points off the board. Shortly after Oregon State took advantage of smaller cornerbacks and Mannion found Smith open from twelve yards away for the score. With two minutes left in the game Jay Ajayi found the end zone after a one yard run bringing Boise State closer. The deficit was too much and the Bob Gregory coaching era had started 0-1.

Final Score: Oregon State 42 – Boise State 30

 

OUTCOME:    

With many Bronco fans focused on the Chris Petersen departure and the Bryan Harsin hiring, the bowl game appeared to have been lost in the clutter. Opening up the game the Broncos appeared in sync and scored on their first offensive possession. Joe Southwick found Geraldo Boldewijn open for a five yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos the early lead.

Oregon State responded with a score of their own, a thirty-two yard field goal midway through the first quarter. The Broncos used their stable of running backs to get the ball inside Beaver territory. They finished off the drive with Southwick faking a hand-off to Ajayi and running in for the score.

Boise State again was able to put points on the board early in the second quarter when Southwick found an open Matt Miller from fourteen yards away and the score. The Broncos lined up for the two point conversion and used a little trickeration to add two more points on the board. Oregon State put up some points of their own when Mannion found Cooks open from twenty-yards out for his first score of the game.

Coming out of halftime the Beavers used a variety of passes to get inside Bronco territory before Woods ran for twenty-three yards and the score. Boise State appeared to continue to have their offense rolling only to get stuffed at the seventeen yard line and Dan Goodale kicked a thirty four yard field goal. The Beavers continued to attack the smaller cornerbacks all on the way to another score, this time a Mannion pass to Woods from six yards away.

Opening up the fourth quarter the Broncos held a slight advantage that was increased when Dan Goodale kicked another field goal, a thirty-seven yard kick. The Beavers mixed up their play calling and used a rushing attack from Woods to get inside Boise State territory. Oregon State was able to move the ball inside the ten yard line only to get stopped and forced to kick a twenty-six yard field goal.

Joe Southwick found Boldewijn open for thirty-four yard catch to set up first and goal for the Broncos from the three yard line. Jay Ajayi finished the drive off when he crossed the goal line with 7:15 left in the final quarter. Mannion completed four straight passes to Cooks to help lead the Beavers down the field. The Beavers had first and goal from the eight yard line and after three unsuccessful attempts kicked a short twenty-two yard field goal.

Boise State had the ball and with 4:45 left in the game leaned on the running game to move the ball down the field. The Broncos, after a seventeen yard pass to Kirby Moore, had first and ten at the eleven yard line. Jay Ajayi made quick work of those yards when he crossed the goal line to increase the Broncos advantage.

With 1:18 left on the clock the Beavers took the kickoff and returned it to the forty-two yard line, giving themselves great field position. Cooks again was on the receiving end of a Mannion touchdown pass, this time a thirty-eight yard score with 0:22 left in the game. After a failed onside kick attempt the Broncos had finished the season on a good note and were ready for the Harsin era to begin.

Final Score: Boise State 42 – Oregon State 37  

 

Stats from game:

Joe Southwick: 35-49, 2 td – 1 int, 416 yards, 1 rush td

Jay Ajayi: 22 carries, 95 yds, 2 td

Matt Miller: 6 rec, 80 yds, 1 td

Geraldo Boldewijn: 6 rec, 101 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 5 – Oregon State 2

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.

Be sure to follow @TheBTN on Twitter to keep up with breaking coaching news as well as news from the team’s trip to Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

The Riddler is back

B.J. Rains from the Idaho Press-Tribune is reporting that Kent Riddle will join Bryan Harsin at Boise State as the special teams coach.

 

Riddle was at Boise State from 2001-2005, and his special teams units were some of the best ranked in the nation during that time.

Although Riddle left with Dan Hawkins to Colorado in 2006, his Boise State legacy was cemented when the Broncos ran “The Riddler” in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, a play named after the coach:

Here is Coach Riddle’s bio from Arkansas State.

 

 

Boise State reaches back for the future, hires Bryan Harsin as new Head Coach

Welcome Home, Bryan.

After a few stressful days for Bronco Nation, Boise State has reached back for the future of the program.  Boise State announced today that Bryan Harsin will replace Chris Petersen at Boise State, and take the reins of the program that he helped build.

Harsin began his career on The Blue in 1995 where he was primarily a backup quarterback.  Bryan certainly learned the pains of coaching changes at Boise State as he played for Pokey Allen, Tom Mason, Houston Nutt, and Dirk Koetter in his five years.  After wrapping up his playing days in 2000, Bryan immediately went in to coaching at Eastern Oregon University where he was the running backs coach.  Following his one year at EOU, Harsin was back coaching on the Blue as a Graduate Assistant under Dan Hawkins.  Harsin quickly moved up the ranks, locking down the tight ends job the next season.  When Hawkins left for Colorado, Harsin was then promoted to offensive coordinator under new coach Chris Petersen.  As we all know, his first year at OC was nothing but success.  Boise State’s offense went undefeated, finished 10th in the nation in total offense, and became well-known for its shifts, motion (and trick plays) topped off by a win in what some say was the greatest game in college football history, the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.  Bryan saw plenty of success in his next four years at the helm of the Broncos offense as well, helping the team to seasons of 10-3, 12-1, 14-0, and 12-1, with another BCS Bowl win in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.  Following the 2010 season Harsin left to gain more experience as co-offensive coordinator with Texas where he stayed for two years before taking the head job at Arkansas State.

Bryan should bring a familiar offense back to Boise State, which will be a welcome sight for Boise State fans.  It will also be interesting to see what assistants he brings with him. His staff at Arkansas State was loaded with former Bronco players and coaches.

We were all heartbroken with the news of Chris Petersen leaving for Washington last week, but maybe Bryan Harsin can bring back hope, energy and excitement to a program that truly needs it right now.

Welcome back to The Blue, Bryan.

Boise State to take on Oregon State in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Are you ready to spend your Christmas Eve with the Broncos?

Boise State has accepted an invitation to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against Oregon State on Christmas Eve. The game kicks off at 6:00 P.M. Mountain Time.

A trip to Honolulu should be a welcomed reward for the players who have had to endure so much this year.  From losing to Washington with their new offense, to losing their starting quarterback Joe Southwick to injury, and finally losing their beloved head coach Chris Petersen to the Huskies, this has been an incredibly tough season for the Broncos.  Finishing off in Hawaii against a Pac-12 team is a great way to end it.

Oregon State (6-6) had quite the roller coaster season themselves.  After an embarrassing loss in their opener against FCS Eastern Washington, the Beavers rolled off six consecutive wins before dropping their final five games, including a heartbreaking one-point loss to Oregon in their season finale.

For those Bronco fans wishing to celebrate Christmas on the Islands, you will also get to catch the Boise State basketball team as they are playing in the Diamond Head Classic on December 23rd and 25th.

Oregon State leads the all time series 4-3, with the last game being a 37-24 win for the Broncos in 2010.

The Broncos will be coached by Bob Gregory.