By Chadd Cripe
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.
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).
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.