8/20 Camper of the Day: Kellen Moore
The final practice of fall camp came and went for the Boise State football team, Friday morning, which gave junior quarterback Kellen Moore one last chance to make his presence felt by earning Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honor for Aug. 20.
"He had a very sharp day," Petersen said. "Balls were located right where they needed to be for receivers to make plays. He's been doing a great job all fall camp. I'm excited to see him play again when it is for real."
Moore (6-0, 191), a Prosser, Wash. (Prosser HS) native, returns for his third season as the Bronco signal caller after another outstanding campaign in 2009. In two seasons leading the Boise State offense Moore has completed 66.7 percent (558-of-836) of his passes for 7,022 yards, 64 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. In 2009 he was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after finishing with the second highest pass effiency rating in the nation (161.65).
8/19 Camper of the Day: Byron Hout
Thursday signified the last set of two-a-day practices for the Boise State football team during this year's fall camp, which also means the opportunities in the fight for playing time are growing thin. Junior linebacker Byron Hout made the most of his two practices, catching the eye of the coaching staff to earn Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honor for Aug. 19.
"Byron Hout brings a lot of energy and a lot of good plays to our defense," Petersen said. "He is playing at a high level. He is just a ball player that makes plays when they need to be made."
Hout (6-0, 223), a Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (Lake City HS) native, enters his first season playing at linebacker for Boise State after converting from defensive end in the spring. As a reserve on the defensive line in 2009, Hout recorded 27 tackles, three quarterback hurries and two sacks.
8/16 Camper of the Day: Grant Hedrick
Monday proved to be the day of the young quarterback at Boise State's fall football camp as freshman Grant Hedrick was impressive in both practices for the Broncos to earn Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honor for Aug. 16.
"Grant Hedrick made some very big plays this morning with his legs," Petersen said. "He is a tremendous weapon when he puts his entire game together. He has been studying morning, noon and night and is making great progress."
Hedrick (6-0, 181), a native of Independence, Ore. (Independence HS), is in his first season at Boise State.
8/13 Camper of the Day: Jeremy Avery
Senior running back Jeremy Avery used his versatility on the practice field to turn heads on Day No. 8 of Boise State's fall football camp; running and receiving his way to being named Camper of the Day for Aug. 13 by Head Coach Chris Petersen.
"Jeremy Avery has had tremendous energy in every practice," Petersen said. "He has one speed; 100 percent full speed, always. He is doing a nice job catching the ball, making him a real weapon running or catching."
Avery (5-9, 173), a Bellflower, Calif. (Bellflower HS) native, is once again in the mix for the starting nod at running back for the Broncos after a highly productive junior campaign. In 2009 Avery was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference after leading Boise State in rushing yards (1,151) and carries (209), while scoring six rushing touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 257 yards and one score last fall.
8/12 Camper of the Day: Nate Potter
Boise State offensive lineman Nate Potter made the most of day No. 7 of Boise State fall football camp, Thursday morning, by playing his way to Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honors for Aug. 12.
"Nate has really been taking a professional approach to practice and is all business," Petersen said. "He is getting better slowly but surely every day and has been bringing a nice mentality to the o-line."
Potter (6-6, 293), a junior from Boise, Idaho (Timberline HS), is coming off a standout 2009 campaign in which he played his way to first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. After solidifying himself as a regular starter through the final eight games of the season, Potter helped lead a unit that boasted the nation's top scoring (42.2 ppg) offense. Thanks in part to his dominance upfront, Boise State also allowed the fewest sacks (5) of any team in the country.
8/11 Camper of the Day: Chase Baker
The Boise State football team battled through its first set of two-a-day practices so far this fall on Wednesday, which gave defensive tackle Chase Baker an extra chance to make his mark on the practice field and earn Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honor for Aug. 11.
"The guy that is really starting to get to full speed is Chase Baker," Petersen said. "He is a very difficult guy for the offense to block. He's a playmaker. He is somewhere around the ball every time he's in on defense. It is nice to see him pick up where he left off last fall."
Baker (6-1, 295), a junior from Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS), is coming off a breakout season in which he started all 14 games for the Broncos. He finished his sophomore year with 37 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Baker also recorded two pass deflections on the season.
8/10 Camper of the Day: Will Lawrence
Day No. 5 of Boise State fall football camp saw several firsts for the Broncos, starting with the first day of full pads as well as the first practice in Bronco Stadium. Tuesday also marked the first individual honor of fall camp for the Boise State offensive line as senior Will Lawrence was named Camper of the Day by Head Coach Chris Petersen for Aug. 10.
"He has probably been the most consistent o-lineman from start to finish since we started camp," Petersen said. "He's a physical player that brings a good mentality, in terms of moving people off the ball."
Lawrence (6-2, 291), an Upper Marlboro, M.D. (C.H. Flowers HS) native, came into his own as a junior earning a starting spot in all 14 games for the Broncos. After seeing limited action as a freshman and sophomore, Lawrence played a critical role last fall in helping block for the nation's top scoring offense (42.2 ppg). Thanks in part to his consistent play, Boise State boasted an offensive line that also allowed the fewest sacks (5) of any team in the country.
8/9 Camper of the Day: Ryan Winterswyk
Monday (Aug. 9) was the day of the defensive lineman at Boise State fall football camp, as senior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk earned Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day honor following a solid morning practice for the Broncos.
"Swyk is such a leader for us," Petersen said. "He is such a good player. He has done a tremendous job during these first four practices. We're just lucky to have him on our team."
Winterswyk (6-4, 270), a La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS) native, is entering his final season with Boise State. A two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer, Winterswyk finished 2009 with 41 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks. For his career Winterswyk has recorded 124 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss and 19.0 sacks.
8/8 Camper of the Day: Winston Venable
Experience proved to be vital to success on the third day of Boise State fall football camp, as senior nickleback Winston Venable garnered Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day on Sunday (Aug. 8) for his efforts on the practice field.
"His intensity and focus has been A+," Petersen said. "I think the rest of our defense feeds off him. You can tell he is out here to get better. He has really done an excellent job so far."
Venable (5-11, 220), a native of San Rafael, Calif. (Glendale Community College), made a huge impact for the Broncos last season after transfering from Glendale Community College. As a junior he finished third on the team in tackles (63), while also recording three pass breakups and two interceptions. Thanks in part to his consistent play in the Boise State secondary, Venable received second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
8/7 Camper of the Day: Austin Pettis
Day two of Boise State's fall football camp gave a sense of familiarity for the Broncos with players continuing to work back into the rhythm of practice. On this day it was a veteran who impressed the coaching staff the most, as senior wide receiver Austin Pettis earned Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day award for Saturday (Aug. 7).
"Austin is back full speed, 100 percent, and [he is] bringing intensity and making tough catches," Petersen said. "It feels like a long time since we had him, so it is really nice having him 100 percent healthy. He's also got 90 percent of his game back. That is what fall camp is about; getting the rest of his game just right. So it is great to see him back out there."
Pettis, a Anaheim, Calif. (Lutheran HS) native, prepares for his final season with the Broncos coming off a record setting junior campaign. Last fall Pettis earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors after setting the Boise State single season record for touchdown receptions (14), while grabbing 63 catches for 855 yards. In three seasons with the Broncos Pettis has 158 receptions for 1,887 yards and 29 touchdowns.
8/6 Camper of the Day: Jamar Taylor
Boise State football officially kicked-off its 2010 fall camp, Friday (Aug. 6) morning, which signified the first installment of Head Coach Chris Petersen's Camper of the Day award. Amidst all the excitement of practice No. 1, sophomore defensive back Jamar Taylor (5-11, 193) rose into the spotlight to secure coach Petersen's first honor of the fall.
"Jamar Taylor came out full speed, playing at a high level" Petersen said. "He had a great spring ball, a very nice summer, and he is building upon that. We know there is even more of it to come."
Taylor, a San Diego, Calif. (Helix HS) native, is coming off a redshirt season with the Broncos. As a freshman, Taylor saw action in all 13 games for Boise State. He recorded 24 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in his first season.