The Boise State football team, under first-year coach Bryan Harsin, wants to respect the past and attack the future. The past will no doubt be well-represented as the team moves ahead, beginning its first spring practices next month.
Harsin and the Broncos announced Friday that former quarterback Taylor Tharp has been hired as Boise State’s director of player personnel, replacing Blake Baker, who held the position for a little more than a month before being hired as Louisiana Tech’s safeties coach last week.
Tharp had served as an offensive graduate assistant at Texas the last two seasons, breaking down game film and assisting with gameplans. Prior to that, he played in Arena Football with the Boise Burn in 2009 and Utah Blaze in 2010. He was an intern with the AFL’s Arizona Rattlers in 2011 and also played and coached in Italy in 2011 and 2012. He was Boise State’s starting quarterback in 2007, when he completed 289 passes, currently No. 2 in school history in a single season. He completed 321-of-473 passes in his career, a completion percentage of 67.9 percent, which was No. 1 in school history at the end of his career and now stands third behind Kellen Moore and Joe Southwick.
Harsin’s staff is chock full of former Bronco players, starting with himself. Others include Tharp, Mike Sanford (offensive coordinator), Marcel Yates (defensive coordinator), Scott Huff (offensive line), Andy Avalos (linebackers), Thomas Byrd (offensive GA), Byron Hout (defensive GA) and Antwon Murray (assistant director of player personnel). Harsin, Tharp and Sanford were all quarterbacks.