BOISE, Idaho - It's back to work on the field for the Boise State University football team as the Broncos continue preparation for the 2011 schedule and their move to the Mountain West Conference with spring practice drills starting today (March 7).
The defending MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Champions are scheduled to practice at Bronco Stadium and the Caven-Williams Sports Complex 15 times over the next six weeks.
The team will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the first three weeks with the Broncos holding a scrimmage on March 23 (Wednesday). This is the only scrimmage the team will have before the annual spring game on April 16 (Saturday).
After taking the week of March 28 - April 1 (Monday-Friday) off for spring break, the Broncos will resume spring drills on April 4 (Monday). During the last week of practice the team will have workouts on April 11 and 13 (Monday and Wednesday, but will take that Friday (April 15) off to prepare for the spring game which is set for 5:00 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.
Finishing the 2010 season with a 12-1 overall record, its eighth Western Athletic Conference championship and a national ranking of No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and a No. 9 ranking by the Associated Press in the final season rankings, Boise State will begin the 2011 season once again ranked among the top teams in the country.
In early preseason predictions for 2011, ESPN.com has the Broncos starting the year at No. 8, while Sports Illustrated has Boise State ranked No. 11 and CBSSports.com picks the Broncos to start at No. 13.
Boise State returns 16 starters (eight each on offense and defense) from a team which ended the 2010 season ranked statistically as the No. 2 offense and defense in the nation for yards and scoring.
The Broncos averaged 521.3 yards and 45.1 points per game last year, while allowing opponents an average of 254.7 yards and 12.8 points per game.
Starters returning for Boise State on offense include wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker (Sr. - Meridian, ID); left tackle Nate Potter (Sr. - Boise, ID); left guard Joe Kellogg (Jr. - Scottsdale, AZ); center Thomas Byrd (Sr. - San Pablo, CA); tight end Kyle Efaw (Sr. - Boise, ID); quarterback Kellen Moore (Sr. - Prosser, WA); running back Doug Martin (Sr. - Stockton, CA); and fullback (Jr. - Boring, OR).
Defensive starters returning include tackle Billy Winn (Sr. - Las Vegas, NV); nose tackle Chase Baker (Sr. - Rocklin, CA); end Shea McClellin (Sr. - Caldwell, ID); linebackers Byron Hout (Sr. - Coeur d'Alene, ID), JC Percy (Jr. - Blackfoot, ID) and Aaron Tevis (Sr. - Tucson, AZ); safety George Iloka (Sr. - Houston, TX) and cornerback Jamar Taylor (Jr. - San Diego, CA).
Boise State once again only had a couple of changes to its assistant coaching staff during the off-season. Brent Pease, who has been the wide receivers coach the past five seasons, take over as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach after Bryan Harsin accepted a similar position at the University of Texas, and Robert Prince returned to the Bronco coaching staff as the wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator.The Broncos open the 2011 season on Sept. 3 (Saturday) in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome against the University of Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with an estimated kickoff at 8:00 p.m. (ET).