BOISE, Idaho - Monday and Tuesday (July 26 and 27) unofficially kicks off the 2010 football season as the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) holds its annual gathering of head coaches, players and media.
Head coach Chris Petersen heads the Boise State University delegation which will also include quarterback Kellen Moore and safety Jeron Johnson. The Broncos have their time slots for interviews with the print and electronic media on Monday afternoon at the Hilton Airport Hotel.
On Monday morning, the league office will release its head coach and media preseason polls.
Boise State has already been picked by several national media outlets to begin the season ranked somewhere in the top five nationally. The official Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls will not be released until mid to late August.
The Broncos, who returned 21 starters, finished last season ranked No. 4 in both major polls after completing its 2009 season undefeated at 14-0.
Moore and Johnson have already received preseason recognition from several media outlets.
A first-team All-American selection by ESPN.com, SI.com and CBSSports.com last season, Moore is on the watch lists for the Manning and Davey O'Brien quarterback awards, and was selected a second-time All-American preseason pick by Sporting News.
Johnson, Boise State's leading tackler the past two seasons, received third-time All-American preseason honors from Sporting News.
Two other players receiving national preseason attention include offensive lineman Nate Potter to the Outland Trophy watch which honors the top interior lineman in the country, and defensive end Ryan Winterswyk who has been selected as a player to watch for the Bronco Nagurski Award which recognizes the top defensive player in the country each year.
Bronco players report to preseason camp on Aug. 5 (Thursday) with the first practice day on Aug. 6 (Friday). The team will split up their practices between veterans and rookies, with the first practice where all the players participate together on Aug. 10 (Tuesday).
The 2010 season starts on Sept. 6 (Monday) when Boise State travels to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland to face Virginia Tech. The game kickoffs at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.