New players, new numbers as Boise State football opens fall camp


WR Shane Williams-Rhodes vs. CB Bryan Douglas

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

The Boise State football team began fall camp Monday morning with a veterans practice. The newcomers practice this afternoon. I’ve got some video posted here. I’ll have a few notes below and add throughout the day as I catch up on transcribing.

From practice (helmets, no pads) — photo gallery here.:

— The passing game looked sharp, particularly with senior starter Joe Southwick at the helm, in the veterans practice. Sophomore wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, as he did in the spring, was making catches all over the field. Senior defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe forced two fumbles with sacks of junior backup quarterback Grant Hedrick on consecutive plays.

— The newcomers practice in the afternoon was predictably more ragged. Linebacker Mat Boesen and cornerback Mercy Maston grabbed interceptions. Wide receiver Tanner Shipley made an 85-yard touchdown catch. And tailback Aaron Baltazar, who reported at a surprising 215 pounds, looked quick on one run in a team setting and showed some grit during the newcomers’ conditioning test.

— Coach Chris Petersen’s camper of the day was sophomore safety Darian Thompson. “Darian had a really good summer. He came into camp in top-notch shape and he knows what he’s doing out here. He picked up right where he left off at the end of last season,” Petersen told BroncoSports.com.

Roster notes:

— In addition to the recruiting class, nine players joined the team: QB Richard Hoppe (St. Helena, Calif.), WR Terrell Johnson (not provided), WR David McKinzie (not provided), LS Matt Cota (Eagle High), DB Brandon Brown (not provided), OL Mason Hampton (Meridian High), OL James Meager (not provided), DT James Tucker (Rocky Mountain High) and DE Austin Silsby (Kuna High). Here is a hometown story on Hoppe, who was coming to Boise State to play club baseball and was offered a walk-on spot on the football team.

— All of the 2013 recruits joined the team except defensive lineman Durrant Miles (mission) and wide receiver Kendal Keys (parted ways with the program).

— New recruit Thomas Sperbeck, who was recruited as an athlete and penciled in as a safety, has moved to wide receiver, presumably to replace Keys. He was a high school quarterback.

— There are a bunch of number changes. Notable ones include CB Cleshawn Page (3), S Darian Thompson (4), CB Donte Deayon (5), CB Chaz Anderson (6), WR Troy Ware (14), CB Deon’tae Florence (29), DE Kharyee Marshall (48), RT Rees Odhiambo (71) and TE Jake Hardee (84).

— Among the significant weight changes: true freshman RB Aaron Baltazar reported at 215, 30 pounds heavier than advertised; sophomore tight end Holden Huff, who has struggled to gain weight, is up 15 pounds to 236; and junior defensive end Beau Martin is up 13 pounds to 271.

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Player quotes:

Donte Deayon on taking over former cornerback Jamar Taylor’s number: “Jamar was a very good player and taught me a lot of things as well, so I’ve just got to step up to the plate. I followed him and Jerrell (Gavins) around, just picking up things from them … being aggressive, imposing your will on the receiver.”

Deayon on replacing Taylor and Gavins: “It’s not about filling shoes. I’m just here in camp to get better each and every day.”

WR Matt Miller on improving his speed: “Once the DBs start mentioning it to you (it’s noticeable). … I’ve had a few of them comment. If I can put the deep ball into my game, it can really help out.”

Miller on Southwick: “He had a great summer. You saw it today. He was throwing some really good passes in there. He did that all summer. He worked on it really hard, threw a lot of balls after (player-run practices), after workouts. I think it’s really going to show up this year.”

Miller on stability at quarterback: “Last year, it was a big question mark, nobody really knew. This year, Joe’s the guy, so it’s one less thing to worry about.”

Miller on the offense: “We could be really dangerous. If we put all the pieces together, and we keep working hard and improving every day, we could be a really dangerous unit.”

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Boise State’s game Oct. 12 at Utah State has been pushed back a half-hour to 6 p.m.

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Here is my updated position-by-position roster. Remember that bolds are used to separate the classes. I’m still waiting for some info on the walk-ons, but their names are on here.

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.
14 Richard Hoppe, 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.
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.
20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 174, not provided
39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 165, not provided

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.
58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 291, 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 Meager, not provided

DEFENSIVE END
48 Kharyee Marshall, 6-2, 240, R-Sr.
53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 271, R-Jr.
8 Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 245, R-Jr.

49 Darien Barrett, 6-2, 225, R-Fr.
94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 240, R-Fr.
33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 226, Fr.
92 Kamalei Correa, 6-2, 244, Fr.
97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 219, Fr.

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

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-3, 300, R-Sr.
55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 280, Jr.
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 265, Jr.
90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 281, Jr.

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 288, So.
96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 275, R-Fr.
50 Nick Terry, 6-3, 271, Fr.
95 James Tucker, 6-2, 252, 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.
29 Deon’tae Florence, 5-9, 167, 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, not provided

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

PUNTER
14 Trevor Harman, 6-3, 211, R-Sr.
28 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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Boise State is No. 21 in ESPN.com’s preseason rankings. The school submitted some video to ESPN on Monday for the 9 p.m. MDT edition of “SportsCenter.”

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Donte Deayon talks to the media


Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe talks to the media

Matt Miller talks to the media

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Former Boise State defensive tackle Jeff Worthy has committed to Arizona for 2014, according to the Tucson Citizen. Worthy was dismissed from the Broncos team earlier this year and will play at Santa Ana (Calif.) College this season. He is the third member of Boise State’s 2011 recruiting class to land at another FBS school — joining safety Lee Hightower (Houston) and defensive end Sam Ukwuachu (Baylor). And an interesting note: safety Jamie Byrd, who committed to Boise State in that class and reneged to go to TCU, also has committed to Arizona.


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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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