Petersen Announces Additional Responsibilities for Bhonapha, Yates
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State football coaches Keith Bhonapha and Marcel Yates will have additional duties entering the 2011 season, head coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday.

In addition to serving as the Broncos’ running backs coach, Bhonapha will also serve as recruiting coordinator. Yates, already Boise State’s secondary coach, will also serve as the Broncos’ defensive pass game coordinator.

Bhonapha is entering his sixth season on the Boise State staff, serving as the Broncos’ running backs coach for each of the last two. He was Boise State’s director of football operations from 2006-08.

In his first two seasons working with Bronco running backs, two different players were named All-Western Athletic Conference following 1,000-yard seasons. Jeremy Avery rushed for 1,151 yards in 2009 – the eighth-most in school history – earning second-team honors. Doug Martin rushed for 1,260 in 2010 – the sixth-most in Bronco history – earning first-team accolades.

Yates will be entering his ninth season on the Bronco coaching staff. He has spent the last five seasons coaching the entire Boise State secondary after coaching cornerbacks during his first three seasons. Yates was a four-year letterwinner at defensive back for the Broncos from 1996-99.

With Yates overseeing the Bronco secondary, Gerald Alexander became the first defensive back in school history to be selected in the National Football League Draft. Alexander went in the second round to the Detroit Lions in 2007, and since his selection two more Bronco defensive backs were selected in the draft. Kyle Wilson became the second Bronco to be selected in the first round in 2010 (29th overall; New York Jets), and Orlando Scandrick went in the fifth round to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.

Boise State is slated to open the 2011 season against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., and the game will be televised by ESPN.

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