BOISE, Idaho - Another sign the 2012 Boise State football season is fast approaching happens on Thursday (May 24) when new banners featuring four senior players are installed on the east side of Bronco Stadium facing Broadway Ave.
The players featured this season include wide receiver Mitch Burroughs, cornerback Jerrell Gavins, running back D.J. Harper and cornerback Jamar Taylor. Accompanying each photo are the words "Passion (Burroughs), Relentless (Gavins), Toughness (Harper) and Excellence (Taylor)".
Those words are the four of the core words the Bronco football team uses to describe not only the style of play on the football field, but also how the players conduct themselves off the field in all they do.
Burroughs (Meridian, Idaho) started seven games last year catching 49 passes for 500 yards and one touchdown. He was Boise State's leading punt returner in 2011 averaging 13.3 yards on 18 returns. His average led the Mountain West and ranked eighth-nationally.
Gavins (Miami, Fla.) started the first three games of the 2011 season before suffering an injury and missing the remainder of the season. In those first three games he recorded 11 tackles (nine solo) and made three interceptions.
Harper (Cypress, Texas, who backed up NFL first round draft selection Doug Martin last year, appeared in 12 games gaining 557 yards rushing and scoring nine touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.
Taylor (San Diego, Calif.) started nine games in 2011 registering 27 tackles (18 solo), including two for loss and half a quarterback sack. He also made two interceptions including one he returned a school record 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
Bronco fans who are non-season ticket holders can have their name placed on a reservation list for 2012 season tickets by going to the following link. The link will remain open through June 7 (Thursday). An open house for new season ticket holders to select their seats will be held from 3-7 p.m. on June 8 (Friday).
Boise State opens the 2012 season Aug. 31 (Friday) at Michigan State. The first home game at Bronco Stadium is Sept. 15 (Saturday) against Miami (OH) University.