Book project helped Boise State football coach Chris Petersen embrace creativity

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

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen appeared at a book release event Thursday afternoon in the Stueckle Sky Center.

Petersen is a co-author of the book, “Wise Beyond Your Field: How Creative Leaders Out Innovate to Out Perform.” The author is listed as Nancy K. Napier & The Gang. Napier, a professor of business at Boise State, has been working with the group of leaders since 2006. Her co-authors include Petersen; Jamie Cooper, CEO of Drake Cooper; Mark Hofflund, managing director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Don Kemper, CEO of Healthwise; Bob Lokken, CEO of WhiteCloud Analytics; Gary Raney, Ada County sheriff; and John Michael Schert, executive director of the Trey McIntyre Project.

The book is available for $15 through the Boise State bookstore or at Amazon. A portion of proceeds go toward Boise State student scholarships.

Here’s what Petersen had to say about his involvement with Napier and the book:

“This is Nancy’s day. She’s done so much for all of us, and certainly for me. I don’t know when the first time we spoke was, in the early 2000s. It’s when (then-head coach) Dan Hawkins made me talk to her. The first time, I was good. The second time, I wasn’t. He said, ‘No, you’re going to talk to her.’ … I would scoff at (her ideas) — ‘No, I’m not creative and I don’t like creativity. This is a football team. We’re more like an army than dancers.’

“So we’d go back and forth. I’m a pretty fast learner and I think after about year three I had an ah-ha moment. It really kind of dawned on me when I didn’t feel good about some of the things we were doing. It’s when we’re stale, it’s when there wasn’t enough creativity in the game plan, when I would get uptight and nervous. I would analyze it and we didn’t have enough good stuff — the voodoo, we used to call it — and that’s creativity.

“… So now every part of our program, we are structured, we do need routine, but we talk about groove players and groove calls. On third-down-and-5, they need to know what to expect. In the red zone, they need to know we’re in a groove and the coaches are in a groove. And the same thing in the weight room. But if that groove starts to get too deep, it turns into a rut. It turns into staleness and boredom. We want to stay in a structure and routine but we want to bring creativity so we have energy and focus.”

Napier worked with the leaders individually but credited Petersen with the idea to have the group meet to trade ideas.

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I’ve updated my earlier blog post on the NCAA’s uniform ruling with Petersen’s reaction and information on the 2013 uniform plans.

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My spring watch list continued today with No. 4 — quarterbacks.

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Boise State announced its spring football schedule today. Twelve of 15 practices are open to the media. Only the Spring Game is open to the public.

Practices will be held March 11, 13, 14, 16 (closed), 18, 20, 22 (closed scrimmage) and April 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15 (closed).

The Spring Game is at 5 p.m. April 13 at Bronco Stadium.

Players who were true freshmen last fall remain off-limits to the media. So you won’t hear from players like Shane Williams-Rhodes, Donte Deayon, Nick Patti and Ben Weaver until the fall at least.

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A few roster notes:

— Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Adam Sheffield is no longer with the team. He was a scholarship recruit. He is the sixth of 19 players in the 2011 recruiting class to leave the program early.

— Walk-on nickel Hilton Richardson, the former minor-league baseball player who had never played football before joining the Broncos in 2011, has left the team.

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Here is my updated position-by-position, class-by-class roster:

QUARTERBACK
16 Joe Southwick, 6-1, 187, R-Sr.
9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 192, R-Jr.
14 Jimmy Laughrea, 6-1, 200, R-So.
8 Nick Patti, 5-10, 187, R-Fr.

Signee:
Ryan Finley, 6-4, 185, Fr.

TAILBACK
Derrick Thomas, 6-1, 210, R-Jr.
27 Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 222, R-So.
21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 194, So.
26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 170, R-Fr.
10 Jamel Hart, 5-9, 211, R-Fr.
35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 191, R-Fr.

Signee:
Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 185, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER
17 Geraldo Boldewijn, 6-4, 214, R-Sr.
18 Aaron Burks, 6-3, 200, R-Sr.
34 Kirby Moore, 6-3, 203, R-Sr.
2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 215, R-Jr.
81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 173, Jr.
83 Troy Ware, 6-2, 195, R-So.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 154, So.
82 Jackson Reed, 6-4, 212, R-Fr.
19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 163, R-Fr.
D.J. Dean, 6-1, 180, Fr.

Signees:
Kendal Keys, 6-2, 200, Fr.
Tanner Shipley, 6-1, 180, Fr.

TIGHT END
87 Gabe Linehan, 6-4, 241, R-Sr.
86 Kyle Sosnowski, 6-2, 247, R-Jr.
89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 253, Jr.

42 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 234, R-So.
85 Holden Huff, 6-5, 213, R-So.
93 Brennyn Dunn, 6-3, 201, R-Fr.

Signees:
Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 240, Fr.
Jake Roh, 6-2, 215, Fr.

FULLBACK
49 Jamal Wilson, 5-11, 227, R-So.

OFFENSIVE LINE
76 Jake Broyles, 6-5, 290, R-Sr.
77 Spencer Gerke, 6-3, 296, R-Sr.
78 Charles Leno Jr., 6-4, 294, R-Sr.
65 Matt Paradis, 6-3, 289, R-Sr.
62 Chris Tozer, 6-4, 311, R-Sr.
71 Greg Dohmen, 6-3, 291, R-Jr.
72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 297, R-So.
67 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 297, R-So.
73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 278, R-Fr.
70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 248, R-Fr.
66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 320, R-Fr.
60 Kellen Buhr, 6-0, 264, R-Fr.
79 Avery Westendorf, 6-5, 270, R-Fr.
Archie Lewis, 6-4, 255, Fr.

Signees:
Eli McCullough, 6-5, 265, Fr.
Andrew Tercek, 6-0, 275, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END
41 Kharyee Marshall, 6-2, 240, R-Sr.
53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 250, R-Jr.
8 Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 242, R-Jr.

82 Sam Ukwuachu, 6-4, 222, R-So.
49 Darien Barrett, 6-2, 222, R-Fr.
94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 236, R-Fr.

Signees:
Gabe Perez, 6-5, 220, Fr.
Kamalei Correa, 6-2, 230, Fr.
Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr. (going on mission)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-3, 296, R-Sr.
Deuce Mataele, 6-3, 285, Jr.
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 265, Jr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 283, R-So.
40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 273, So.
96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 275, R-Fr.

Signees:
Nick Terry, 6-3, 275, Fr.
Justin Taimatuia, 5-11, 295, Jr.

LINEBACKER
56 Dustin Kamper, 6-1, 217, R-Sr.
45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 221, R-Jr.
13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 239, Jr.

36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 227, So.
31 Andrew Pint, 6-1, 215, R-Fr.
51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 226, R-Fr.
Darren Lee, 6-2, 220, Fr.

Signees:
Joe Martarano, 6-3, 235, Fr.
Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 230, Fr.

NICKEL
32 Jonathan Brown, 5-10, 211, R-Sr.
38 Corey Bell, 5-11, 206, Jr.
25 Chris Santini, 5-11, 220, R-Fr.

Signee:
Mat Boesen, 6-4, 220, Fr.

CORNERBACK
1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 166, R-Jr.
16 Deon’tae Florence, 5-9, 168, R-Jr.
Cleshawn Page, 5-10, 190, Jr.
30 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 143, So.
15 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 175, R-Fr.

Signees:
Dionza Blue, 5-11, 180, Fr.
Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 180, Fr.
Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 185, Fr.
Mercy Maston, 5-10, 190, Jr.

SAFETY
37 Ebo Makinde, 5-10, 181, R-Sr.
10 Jeremy Ioane, 5-10, 197, R-Jr.
34 Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 211, R-So.
35 Darian Thompson, 6-1, 197, R-So.
28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-0, 199, R-So.
22 Chanceller James, 6-1, 194, R-Fr.

Signee:
Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 185, Fr.

KICKER
41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 191, R-Jr.
Tyler Rausa, 5-10, 180, So.

PUNTER
14 Trevor Harman, 6-3, 216, R-Sr.
28 Sean Wale, 6-1, 171, R-Fr.

LONG SNAPPER
50 Jake Holsteen, 6-4, 216, Sr.
52 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 208, Jr.

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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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