At least five true freshmen expected to play for Boise State football this year

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Quick notes from coach Chris Petersen’s press conference. I’ll post a bunch more throughout the afternoon:

— Tailback Aaron Baltazar, stud end Gabe Perez, stud end Kamalei Correa, linebacker Darren Lee and cornerback Jonathan Moxey are slated to play as true freshmen. A couple others are still possible, including tight end Jake Roh. Fruitland’s Joe Martarano and Alec Dhaenens are expected to redshirt. On Baltazar, Petersen said: “He was a heck of a player out of high school and he hasn’t missed a beat since he got here. … He’s natural and he’s very calm. Things don’t rattle him.”

— Kicker Dan Goodale and linebacker Travis Saxton have been placed on scholarship. Goodale won the starting job that he lost two years ago. “He’s worked as hard as anybody around here,” Petersen said. “Probably a lot of our guys may not see it like that because they’re kicking all the time, but he has spent hours and hours working his craft and he’s improved. He really has. We’re excited and we’re happy and pleased to put him on scholarship.” Later in this file is a list of all the walk-ons placed on scholarship since 1998.

— Defensive tackle Tutulupeatau Mataele is not in school and will not be with the Broncos this season. He had an academic issue from his junior college, Petersen said. He said it wasn’t something Boise State missed in recruiting. “That’s all I can say right now,” he said. “I’m hoping I can say a lot more down the road.”

— Junior defensive back Deon’tae Florence has left the team and plans to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school for playing time, Petersen said. Florence was a third-string safety. He joined the program last year out of College of the Desert. He made eight tackles in seven games. He was not able to crack the two-deep this fall.

— Petersen said the team doesn’t have any players out with injuries other than those already reported and that wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes’ cast has been removed. The two major injuries were tight end Kyle Sosnowski (season, knee) and safety Chanceller James (season, knee).

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— Petersen on the rematch of the bowl game: “I think it’s tougher (this year). It starts with most of their guys being back, playing not in a neutral environment. Those two things right then and there make it tough. And the fact that whether we won or lost, most of our guys are gone. We’d be talking to air if we were trying to motivate one way or another. All their guys are back.”

— Petersen said the Broncos will prepare for tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins but his presence, or lack thereof, in the lineup won’t change their plans. “We had guys there around him (last year) but he’s so big he can screen you off,” he said. “He’s athletic. He’s got strong hands. … The ball goes to their tight end whoever is in there.”

— Petersen on the noise at Husky Stadium: “It can only get so loud. When you can’t hear, you can’t hear. It gets to that point where they can be louder and it’s not going to matter that much. I’ve been there a few times. It was one of the loudest places we’ve been before.”

— Quarterback Joe Southwick on the Huskies: “They definitely have a lot of returners on the defensive side for sure. There will be a lot of familiar faces when you look up for the first snap. It’s a little scary. That’s a whole other offseason for that group to work together and play better as a group.”

— Southwick on the offense: “We feel comfortable with what we have. It’s nice having a nice spring, a good summer and a good camp, but now it’s kind of change-your-mentality mode. In a couple of days, we’re doing this for real. I’m excited to see everyone go out there and cut it loose. We just have to focus and execute.”

— Southwick on Baltazar: “He has a nice little presence about him, that we can rely on him, which is a little different for a true freshman. … On top of that, he’s a heck of a runner — a very talented, athletic guy.”

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I’ll have video later. For now, here is audio of Petersen and Southwick.

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Washington coach Steve Sarkisian (via The Seattle Times)

A note from Sarkisian:

— Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been cleared to play yet. He has a broken pinkie. The coach declined to comment on whether Seferian-Jenkins will play if able. He pleaded guilty to DUI during the offseason.

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Boise State just released its depth chart for the opener at Washington. It’s below, but here are a few notes:

— The only true freshman listed is tailback Aaron Baltazar, who is the co-No. 2 with sophomore Jack Fields. Baltazar once was committed to Washington but he told his hometown newspaper he “didn’t feel wanted” there.

— Senior Kharyee Marshall and redshirt freshman Sam McCaskill, who didn’t participate in the fall scrimmage, are the top two stud ends.

— Sophomore Tyler Gray beat out redshirt freshman Ben Weaver for the starting job at weak-side linebacker.

— As expected, senior Jonathan Brown and junior Corey Bell are co-starters at strong-side linebacker (formerly nickel). That might not change all year.

— Junior Bryan Douglas and sophomore Donte Deayon, the experienced players, are the starters at cornerback. They are backed up by junior college transfers Cleshawn Page and Mercy Maston.

— Junior Dan Goodale won the field-goal and kickoff jobs. Trevor Harman and Sean Wale are co-starters at punter.

— Redshirt freshman walk-on tailback Charles Bertoli is listed as the second kickoff returner, alongside Shane Williams-Rhodes. “We’re going to play a lot of guys back there,” Petersen said.

QUARTERBACK HT. WT. YR.
16 Joe Southwick 6-1 202 Sr.
9 Grant Hedrick 6-0 202 Jr.
8 Nick Patti 5-10 196 Fr.

TAILBACK HT. WT. YR.
27 Jay Ajayi 6-0 220 So.
21 Jack Fields OR 5-9 195 So.
38 Aaron Baltazar 5-10 215 Fr.
23 Derrick Thomas 6-0 208 Jr.

X RECEIVER HT. WT. YR.
2 Matt Miller 6-3 222 Jr.
81 Dallas Burroughs 5-8 171 Jr.

Z RECEIVER HT. WT. YR.
17 Geraldo Boldewijn 6-4 220 Sr.
18 Aaron Burks 6-3 205 Sr.

SLOT RECEIVER HT. WT. YR.
34 Kirby Moore 6-3 208 Sr.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes 5-6 157 So.

TIGHT END HT. WT. YR.
87 Gabe Linehan 6-4 238 Sr.
85 Holden Huff 6-5 236 So.

LEFT TACKLE HT. WT. YR.
78 Charles Leno Jr. 6-4 295 Sr.
70 Steven Baggett 6-3 285 Fr.

LEFT GUARD HT. WT. YR.
77 Spencer Gerke 6-3 303 Sr.
62 Chris Tozer 6-4 319 Sr.

CENTER HT. WT. YR.
65 Matt Paradis 6-3 300 Sr.
73 Travis Averill 6-3 296 Fr.

RIGHT GUARD HT. WT. YR.
72 Marcus Henry 6-3 285 So.
66 Mario Yakoo 6-3 323 Fr.

RIGHT TACKLE HT. WT. YR.
71 Rees Odhiambo 6-4 307 So.
76 Jake Broyles 6-5 286 Sr.

DEFENSIVE END HT. WT. YR.
8 Demarcus Lawrence 6-3 245 Jr.
53 Beau Martin 6-2 271 Jr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE HT. WT. YR.
69 Tyler Horn 6-5 265 Jr.
40 Armand Nance 6-0 288 So.

NOSE TACKLE HT. WT. YR.
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 6-3 300 Sr.
90 Justin Taimatuia 6-0 281 Jr.

STUD END HT. WT. YR.
48 Kharyee Marshall 6-2 240 Sr.
94 Sam McCaskill 6-3 240 Fr.

WEAK-SIDE LINEBACKER HT. WT. YR.
36 Tyler Gray 6-4 228 So.
51 Ben Weaver 6-0 233 Fr.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER HT. WT. YR.
13 Blake Renaud 6-2 243 Jr.
45 Travis Saxton 6-1 214 Jr.

STRONG-SIDE LINEBACKER HT. WT. YR.
32 Jonathan Brown OR 5-10 206 Sr.
38 Corey Bell 5-11 210 Jr.

CORNERBACK HT. WT. YR.
1 Bryan Douglas 5-9 178 Jr.
3 Cleshawn Page 5-8 179 Jr.

CORNERBACK HT. WT. YR.
5 Donte Deayon 5-9 151 So.
19 Mercy Maston 5-11 196 Jr.

SAFETY HT. WT. YR.
10 Jeremy Ioane 5-10 190 Jr.
28 Dillon Lukehart 6-0 207 So.

SAFETY HT. WT. YR.
4 Darian Thompson 6-1 200 So.
37 Ebo Makinde 5-10 185 Sr.

KICKER HT. WT. YR.
41 Dan Goodale 5-10 196 Jr.
28 Tyler Rausa 5-8 190 So.

PUNTER HT. WT. YR.
14 Trevor Harman OR 6-3 211 Sr.
26 Sean Wale 6-1 185 Fr.

KO SPECIALIST HT. WT. YR.
41 Dan Goodale 5-10 196 Jr.
14 Trevor Harman 6-3 211 Sr.

LONG SNAPPER HT. WT. YR.
46 Kevin Keane 6-0 211 Jr.

HOLDER HT. WT. YR.
2 Matt Miller 6-3 222 Jr.
16 Joe Southwick 6-1 202 Sr.

PUNT RETURNER HT. WT. YR.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes 5-6 157 So.
1 Bryan Douglas 5-9 178 Jr.

KICKOFF RETURNER HT. WT. YR.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes 5-6 157 So.
35 Charles Bertoli 5-11 200 Fr.

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Here are the Boise State game notes produced by the sports information department.

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Here are the 51 Boise State football walk-ons who have been awarded scholarships since 1998, when Dirk Koetter took over the program. Coaches Dan Hawkins (2001-05) and Chris Petersen (2006-13) have continued the tradition.

1998 (5): OT Willy Van Gorder, WR Matt Sevieri, TE Jeb Putzier, TE Nate Colbert, DT Tony Altieri

1999 (6): FB Shay Swan, DE Jeff Copp, DE Sky Dumont, RB Brock Forsey, PK Nick Calaycay, WR Jerry Smith

2000 (1): TE Shaelan McDonough

2001 (4): LS Tom Anderson, OG Jeff Cheek, LB Kris Foster, WR Tim Gilligan

2002 (3): FB Greg Swenson, WR T.J. Acree, PK Tyler Jones

2003 (5): RB Jeff Carpenter, DT Andrew Browning, TE Trent Lundin, OL Klayton Adams, P Kyle Stringer

2004 (1): LB Colt Brooks

2005 (5): LB Ben Chuckovich, ST Ia Falo, WR Cole Clasen, WR Vinny Perretta, S Robby Jones

2006 (1): RB Brett Denton

2007 (5): FB Michael Lose, WR Tanyon Bissell, LB Tim Brady, PK Kyle Brotzman, DE Ryan Winterswyk

2008 (3): OT Matt Slater, WR Michael Choate, WR Tyler Shoemaker

2009 (4): FB Andy Silsby, S Travis Stanaway, OT Michael Ames, LB J.C. Percy

2010 (2): LS Chris Roberson, TE Sean King

2011 (1): OL Matt Paradis

2012 (3): RB Drew Wright, CB Josh Borgman, S Hazen Moss

2013 (2): K Dan Goodale, LB Travis Saxton

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This week’s live chat: 10 a.m. Friday at IdahoStatesman.com.

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I dug through my notes from fall camp last night and found a few nuggets that I never used:

— I talked to senior left guard Spencer Gerke about the youth of this team and how it might affect the Broncos’ play against a difficult road schedule.

“We went into FedExField when I was a freshman,” he said. “It was kind of overwhelming, but 2 seconds and you’re over it.”

Gerke likes the makeup of the offensive line, which features three seniors with two sophomores — guard Marcus Henry and tackle Rees Odhiambo — on the right side.

“They didn’t get a lot of playing time last year, but it feels like they have because they went through spring ball as the ones,” Gerke said. “I feel like our group, because of the experience, we’re going to be set — pass game, run game, whatever. We’re going to be set.”

— Sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon talked about his struggle to gain weight. He could be one of the lightest starters at an offensive or defensive position in the country at 151 pounds. “I’ve put on some weight since last year, but my metabolism is just working real fast,” he said. “I can’t let that affect me. I’ve got to play at a high level.”

He said he tries to eat extra meals, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, even if he isn’t hungry.

The weight could affect him against bigger receivers.

“They tend to push off a little bit,” he said. “I try to get my feet right and my eyes right, so I’m not in that predicament, so I’m around them when the ball’s coming.”

— Senior defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe on the three true freshman defensive linemen who could play this year — tackle Nick Terry and stud ends Kamalei Correa and Gabe Perez: “All three of our freshmen who just came in are ballers. They’re all going to be good.”

— Junior nickel Corey Bell said the rebuilt defense is starting to jell.

“We’ve grown through camp,” he said. “We’re getting into better shape. Obviously there’s probably still room for improvement there. But we’re getting that mesh, that feeling where everyone’s doing their job, and it’s all coming together to make a defense that works together.”

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A few links:

— Extensive New York Times story on the power of ESPN in college football, which includes the impact it has had on Boise State.

— Washington has released its depth chart, which includes tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams as starters. Both committed alcohol-related offenses in the offseason. Coach Steve Sarkisian has said he won’t say whether either player is subject to playing-time discipline.

— I wrote a little about renovated Husky Stadium for Monday’s paper. But if you want the full-length version with graphics and photos — check out this detailed feature from The Seattle Times.

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Following the Huskies:

— The Seattle Times coverage is here. Follow beat writer Adam Jude at @A_Jude.

— The Tacoma News Tribune coverage is here. Follow beat writer Todd Dybas at @Todd_Dybas.

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Game facts

Boise State at Washington

When: 8:05 p.m. MDT Saturday

Where: Husky Stadium (70,000, FieldTurf), Seattle

TV: Fox Sports 1 (219 on DirecTV, 150 on Dish Network and 26/493HD on Cable One); Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Season opener; Boise State was 11-2 last year, Washington was 7-6

Rankings: Boise State is No. 19 in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls; Washington is receiving votes in both

Series: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: Boise State 28-26, 2012 MAACO Bowl)

In Seattle, the Huskies radio broadcast will air on KJR (950 AM).

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Here’s my updated position-by-position roster:

QUARTERBACK
16 Joe Southwick, 6-1, 202, R-Sr.
9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 202, R-Jr.
8 Nick Patti, 5-10, 196, R-Fr.
15 Ryan Finley, 6-3, 186, Fr.
13 Richard Hoppe, 5-10, 153, Fr.

TAILBACK
23 Derrick Thomas, 6-0, 208, R-Jr.
27 Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 220, R-So.
21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 195, So.
26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 172, R-Fr.
10 Jamel Hart, 5-9, 195, R-Fr.
35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 200, R-Fr.
38 Aaron Baltazar, 5-10, 215, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER
17 Geraldo Boldewijn, 6-4, 220, R-Sr.
18 Aaron Burks, 6-3, 205, R-Sr.
34 Kirby Moore, 6-3, 208, R-Sr.
2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 222, R-Jr.
81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 171, Jr.
20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 174, Jr.
14 Troy Ware, 6-2, 188, R-So.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 157, So.
19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 178, R-Fr.
80 D.J. Dean, 6-0, 187, Fr.
83 Tanner Shipley, 6-0, 182, Fr.
82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 174, Fr.
39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 165, Fr.

TIGHT END
87 Gabe Linehan, 6-4, 238, R-Sr.
86 Kyle Sosnowski, 6-2, 238, R-Jr.
89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 250, Jr.

84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 241, R-So.
85 Holden Huff, 6-5, 236, R-So.
93 Brennyn Dunn, 6-3, 220, R-Fr.
91 Jackson Reed, 6-4, 226, R-Fr.
98 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 232, Fr.
88 Jake Roh, 6-2, 210, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE
76 Jake Broyles, 6-5, 286, R-Sr.
77 Spencer Gerke, 6-3, 303, R-Sr.
78 Charles Leno Jr., 6-4, 295, R-Sr.
65 Matt Paradis, 6-3, 300, R-Sr.
62 Chris Tozer, 6-4, 319, R-Sr.
72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 285, R-So.
71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 307, R-So.
73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 296, R-Fr.
70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 285, R-Fr.
66 Mario Yakoo, 6-3, 323, R-Fr.
60 Kellen Buhr, 6-0, 285, R-Fr.
79 Avery Westendorf, 6-5, 292, R-Fr.
74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 275, Fr.
75 Eli McCullough, 6-5, 271, Fr.
52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 279, Fr.
59 Mason Hampton, 6-2, 266, Fr.
61 James Meagher, 6-2, 286, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END
53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 271, R-Jr.
8 Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 245, R-Jr.
49 Darien Barrett, 6-2, 225, R-Fr.
97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 219, Fr.

STUD END
48 Kharyee Marshall, 6-2, 240, R-Sr.
94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 240, R-Fr.
33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 226, Fr.
92 Kamalei Correa, 6-2, 244, Fr.

On mission:
Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-3, 300, R-Sr.
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 265, Jr.
90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 281, Jr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 291, R-So.
40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 288, So.
96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 275, R-Fr.
50 Nick Terry, 6-3, 271, Fr.

LINEBACKER
32 Jonathan Brown, 5-10, 206, R-Sr.
56 Dustin Kamper, 6-1, 216, R-Sr.
45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 214, R-Jr.
13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 243, Jr.
38 Corey Bell, 5-11, 210, Jr.

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 228, So.
31 Andrew Pint, 6-0, 221, R-Fr.
51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 233, R-Fr.
25 Chris Santini, 5-11, 205, R-Fr.
44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 221, Fr.
7 Joe Martarano, 6-2, 234, Fr.
20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 217, Fr.
54 Mat Boesen, 6-4, 213, Fr.

CORNERBACK
1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 178, R-Jr.
3 Cleshawn Page, 5-8, 179, Jr.
19 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 196, Jr.
34 Promise Amadi, 5-9, 185, R-So.
5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 151, So.
6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 176, R-Fr.
16 Dionza Blue, 5-11, 186, Fr.
30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-9, 175, Fr.
21 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-9, 188, Fr.

SAFETY
37 Ebo Makinde, 5-10, 185, R-Sr.
10 Jeremy Ioane, 5-10, 190, R-Jr.
24 Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 212, R-So.
4 Darian Thompson, 6-1, 200, R-So.
28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-0, 207, R-So.
22 Chanceller James, 6-1, 205, R-Fr.
47 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 192, Fr.

KICKER
41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 196, R-Jr.
28 Tyler Rausa, 5-8, 190, So.

PUNTER
14 Trevor Harman, 6-3, 211, R-Sr.
26 Sean Wale, 6-1, 185, R-Fr.

LONG SNAPPER
46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 211, Jr.
42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 197, Fr.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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