Arizona State starting WR decides to transfer to Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

Former Arizona State wide receiver Richard Smith — a two-year contributor — will transfer to Boise State, he confirmed Wednesday via Twitter.

Smith indicated last week that he likely would transfer to Boise State and told other media outlets he committed to the Broncos but had not responded to previous messages from the Idaho Statesman.

Smith started nine games last season, including the Pac-12 championship game and Holiday Bowl. He made 32 catches (fourth on the team) for 276 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013. He made 14 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2012.

Smith will have to sit out the 2014 season under NCAA rules but he has a redshirt year available. That will leave him with two years of eligibility to use in 2015 and 2016.

He was a PrepStar All-American at Polytechnic High in Long Beach, Calif. He was a four-star recruit in ESPN’s rankings. He committed to Arizona State when Dennis Erickson was the head coach.

Transfers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools to Boise State were rare in the Dan Hawkins/Chris Petersen era. Two that come to mind — cornerback Machtier Clay (Arizona State) and Jason Wardlow (USC) — did not complete their careers at Boise State. Cornerback Promise Amadi (Hawaii), a walk-on, is on the current roster. Another, wide receiver Cole Clasen (Oregon State), did finish his career with the Broncos.


Notes from coach Bryan Harsin’s press conference are below. The video is at the top of the file (sorry about the audio quality; had some issues today).

Here is the post with the latest practice players of the day. The Broncos hold a closed scrimmage Thursday, their last practice before spring break. Players and coaches meet with the media after the scrimmage, so look for that coverage early tomorrow afternoon.


Notes from Harsin’s press conference:

— On safety Corey Bell, a five-time winner of practice awards already: “He’s looked good. He’s practicing fast. He looks like he knows what he’s doing. And Corey’s played, so he’s got a feel for the game. … The reason why he’s had the turnovers is he’s just around the ball.”

— He estimated the Broncos will install 85 percent of their offense in the spring.

— Players who have caught Harsin’s eye: Bell, wide receiver Matt Miller, tailback Jay Ajayi, the linebackers, defensive ends and defensive backs. “Kamalei (Correa) has had a good five days of practice. Donte (Deayon) has had five good days of practice.”

— On playing two groups of defensive linemen about equally: “Would love to do it. … Right now, you wouldn’t be able to do that. Guys are going to have to suck it up and go.”

— The team hasn’t had any significant injuries yet.

— Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Finley (shoulder surgery) has progressed enough that he will take snaps in the scrimmage. “We don’t know how he’s going to feel coming out of each practice,” Harsin said. “For him, he’s like, ‘I want to do more.’ … Mechanically, we’re still working on it just a little bit. I don’t think he’s unleashed (a throw). … What he’s getting right now is a lot more than I thought he’d be getting.”

— He said he isn’t worried about adding a bunch of weight to the tight ends. He once told Trent Lundin to get to 245 pounds. “He went and ate McDonald’s and he came back and he was 245,” Harsin said. “And he looked like he ate at McDonald’s.” Now, Harsin just asks them to get stronger and faster. If they add weight along the way, great.

— Harsin’s message to the team when they leave for spring break: “Go enjoy yourself. Take a break from football. That’s what it’s for. … At the same time, we need to come back and we have a lot more work to do. … The No. 1 thing is to be safe. ‘Let us know where you’re at. Text us when you leave, text us when you get there.’ ”

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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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