Boise State Set To Begin Spring Practice
March 3, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team, fresh off of its debut campaign under the guidance of Bryan Harsin which culminated in Mountain West and VIZIO Fiesta Bowl titles, is set to begin its 2015 spring practice season.

The Broncos will practice 15 times over the next five weeks, beginning Monday, March 9, with the annual Spring Game set for Saturday, April 11 at 5 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium.

In Harsin's first campaign as head coach last season, Boise State went 12-2, capturing the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship and the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. The Mountain West title was Boise State's first outright conference championship since joining the Mountain West in 2011, and the program's first overall since 2009.

Boise State's Fiesta Bowl title, captured in a 38-30 victory over No. 10 Arizona, was the school's third such victory in nine seasons.

The spring season features a number of standout returners for the Broncos, including second-team CBSSports.com All-America safety Darian Thompson, who led the team with seven interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

Thompson is one of three All-MW first-team selections returning in 2015, being joined by STUD end Kamalei Correa and center Marcus Henry. In all, eight of Boise State's 12 All-MW honorees will be back this season, as second-team picks cornerback Donte Deayon, left tackle Rees Odhiambo and linebacker Tanner Vallejo, and honorable mentions tight end Jake Roh and wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes all return.

Boise State returns a multitude of defenders from last year's defense which ranked in the top five of numerous categories in the Mountain West. Thompson and Deayon (six interceptions in 2014) anchor a secondary that includes cornerback Jonathan Moxey (33 tackles, one interception) and safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (19 tackles).

Vallejo (team-leading 100 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, one interceptions, three fumble recoveries) heads up a linebacker corps that includes Ben Weaver (62 tackles, 2.0 sacks), Tyler Gray (61 tackles, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions) and Joey Martarano (42 tackles, while Correa (12.0 sacks, 19.0 TFL, 59 tackles) leads a rush that will also feature Armand Nance (2.5 sacks, 36 tackles), Sam McCaskill (2.5 sacks, 26 tackles) and Elliot Hoyte (3.5 sacks, 4.0 TFL), among others.

On the offensive side of things, the Broncos return a strong corps of receivers, paced by Williams-Rhodes (team-high 68 receptions, seven touchdowns), Roh (35 catches, 408 yards, two TDs), Thomas Sperbeck (51 catches, 877 yards, three TDs) and Chaz Anderson (21 catches, 456 yards, two TDs).

With the departures of All-America running back Jay Ajayi and All-MW quarterback Grant Hedrick, this spring will feature competition for two key slots, as in the backfield Jeremy McNichols, Devan Demas and Jack Fields are among those vying to replace Ajayi, while behind center the quartet of Ryan Finley, Thomas Stuart, Alex Ogle and true freshman Brett Rypien will compete for the starting quarterback job.

The Bronco line, anchored by Henry and Odhiamobo, returns all starters from 2014 as right tackle Stephen Baggett and guards Travis Averill and Mario Yakoo keep the front five intact.

Boise State season-ticket holders will receive their renewal forms this month, while fans interested in becoming new season-ticket holders can place their names on the waiting list by clicking HERE.

For the second-straight year prices have not increased, and in four sections - 101, 102, 129 and 130 - prices have been reduced by $75 per seat. In the North End Zone, season tickets are just $155, or less than $30 per game. See the map linked at the top of this page for the full range of pricing options.

Boise State released its 2015 schedule Monday, as the 2015 regular season will begin Friday, Sept. 4 at Albertsons Stadium against Washington. The full 2015 schedule can be viewed HERE.


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