Offense posts turnover-free practice; O'Neill cut by Raiders; Wilson, Moore make watch lists

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football team's offense didn't commit a turnover during the Friday morning practice, the first in shoulder pads.

Tailback Jeremy Avery dashed down the sideline for a long run in the no-huddle session. Later, cornerback Jamar Taylor missed a golden opportunity when he dropped an interception in the end zone. He would have had clear sailing the other way. Sophomore nickel Doug Martin was active in run defense, making a couple plays in the backfield.

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Former Boise State tight end Chris O'Neill has been released by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders moved O'Neill to linebacker during the summer — a move O'Neill thought was a sign of their interest.

O'Neill's release leaves just three Boise State rookies in training camps — running back Ian Johnson (Vikings), wide receiver Vinny Perretta (Vikings) and wide receiver Julian Hawkins (Cowboys).

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Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson has been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back.

Quarterback Kellen Moore made the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.

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Ian Johnson Training Camp Video

Hey Everyone,
I posted this yesterday about Ian, but for those that did not see it, here it is again.
It is a video about Ian at training camp. Check it out!

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http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/on-the-fringe-ian-johnson-update/9801270d-3f3a-44ab-ab49-3f5939e6ca0e

Offense

Is it my biased opinion, or do you not respect the skills of Austin Pettis. This will be my 3rd year of CLOSELY following Boise, and I always see talk about Titus ("love Titus too"), but rarely Pettis....CHECK-UP time......In my earnest Opinion, TCU game would have been a win, Had we ATTEMPTED the LOB or FADE to Austin (just a thought).....Maybe would've been a win had Titus been playing. Don't know because he wasn't playing....I think we have something really special in PETTIS...I believe he could shatter Childs marks if we USE him CORRECTLY......I COULD BE WRONG, but he's looked like BOISE not throwing to him is the only way to stop him.

Pettis will get his chance

He's the #1 receiver this year. There will be no shortage of balls thrown his way.