Troy Ware, Blake Renaud step up at Boise State football practice

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

Here are the Boise State football team’s latest spring practice players of the day — and the honorees for each of the previous practices.

April 9

Offense: C Marcus Henry
Defense: LB Blake Renaud
Special teams: LB Blake Renaud
Playmaker: WR Troy Ware
Ballhawk: CB Cleshawn Page
Position group: Linebackers

April 8

Offense: QB Grant Hedrick
Defense: DT Justin Taimatuia
Special teams: K Dan Goodale
Playmaker: WR Troy Ware
Ballhawk: CB Donte Deayon
Position group: Tight ends

April 2

Offense: OL Travis Averill
Defense: DT Armand Nance
Special teams: WR David McKinzie
Playmaker: WR Matt Miller
Ballhawk: CBs Donte Deayon/Bryan Douglas
Position group: Running backs

April 1

Offense: WR D.J. Dean
Defense: DE Beau Martin
Special teams: LB Blake Renaud
Playmaker: WR Matt Miller
Ballhawk: CB Jonathan Moxey
Position group: Linebackers

March 20

Scrimmage. None awarded.

March 18

Offense: OL Kellen Buhr
Defense: LB Tanner Vallejo
Special teams: S Jeremy Ioane
Playmaker: WR Tanner Shipley
Ballhawk: S Corey Bell
Position group: Wide receivers

Quotable: Bell now has won five awards in five practices, including the ballhawk award for three straight practices. The senior has moved from a linebacker-type nickel to a safety-type nickel spot. “He’s flying around making plays,” cornerback Donte Deayon said. “Corey Bell is really athletic.”

March 16

Offense: RB Derrick Thomas
Defense: S Darian Thompson
Special teams: S Dillon Lukehart
Playmaker: QB Ryan Finley
Ballhawk: S Corey Bell
Position group: Running backs

Quotable: “Corey is just always around the ball,” defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said. “When there is a big play on defense, No. 38 seems to be in the middle of things or the one causing the havoc.”

Quotable II: “Derrick has put together two really nice practices in a row,” running backs coach Kent Riddle said. “He showed some nice explosiveness and power on Sunday night, and caught the ball well out of the backfield for a couple of scores.”


The Broncos held a night practice in Bronco Stadium on March 16.

March 14

Offense: RB Derrick Thomas
Defense: S Corey Bell
Special teams: K Dan Goodale
Playmaker: QB Grant Hedrick/WR Matt Miller
Ballhawk: S Corey Bell
Position group: Linebackers

Quotable: “We made it a point of emphasis to throw the ball down field today in practice,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said. “In a critical situation Grant threw a perfect ball and Matt made an unbelievable catch against good defense for an explosive touchdown.”

March 12

Offense: QB Grant Hedrick
Defense: LB Tyler Gray
Special teams: P Sean Wale
Playmaker: TE Jake Roh
Ballhawk: LB Blake Renaud
Position group: Offensive line

March 10

Offense: RB Jay Ajayi
Defense: CB Mercy Maston
Special teams: S Corey Bell
Playmaker: WR Thomas Sperbeck
Ballhawk: S Darian Thompson
Position group: Defensive backs


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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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