Offensive lineman commits to Boise State; Broncos to wear special Nike uniforms; 64,000 tickets sold for opener

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2010 Idaho Statesman

Offensive guard Marcus Henry of Bellevue (Wash.) High gave Boise State an oral commitment this week, he said Tuesday night.

Henry (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) will join the Broncos in 2011.

He had an offer from Army but no Pac-10 schools, he said.

“I got an offer from the place I really wanted to go,” he said of Boise State. “I’ve been following the program for a while and I’ve liked the way they play.”

Bellevue defensive backs coach Danny Razore said Henry should have been more heavily recruited and Boise State benefited by pouncing on him first.

“He is an absolute maniac,” Razore said. “He plays with great intensity, he plays with great pad level, he has a good motor, he’s a smart player. … The kid’s the real deal. I know the Washington schools, come December, are really going to be kicking themselves for not getting this kid.”

Henry didn't get much recruiting attention until his coaches sent out his highlight film this summer. That drew a camp invite from Boise State. Henry performed well, he said, and he was impressed with the program and community. He visited again this month.

"Boise State was the first big team that had jumped on him and I know he respected that," Razore said. "... They were smart enough to not be fooled by listening to the Pac-10 schools."

Henry also plays defensive tackle at Bellevue. He joined the varsity team as a sophomore and has helped Bellevue win the past two state titles at the 3A level.

He expects to hear from some of the Pac-10 schools later this year.

"Probably," he said, "but I don't think it will do them very much good."

He spent nearly two months weighing Boise State's offer.

"The reason I didn't take it right then was because I wanted to be 100 percent sure," he said.

Here are the commitments we've confirmed. There is another one floating around and I have an interview scheduled with him for Wednesday afternoon.

2011 RECRUITING CLASS
— QB Jimmy Laughrea, 6-2, 185, Rocklin (Calif.) HS
— DE Sam Ukwuachu, 6-5, 203, Pearland (Texas) HS
— WR Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 165, Rocky Mountain HS (Meridian)
— DT Jeff Worthy, 6-4, 280, Whittier Christian HS (La Mirada, Calif.)
— DL Robert Ash, 6-3, 255, Cosumnes Oaks HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— S Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 195, Kelowna (B.C.) Secondary
— OL Rees Odhiambo, 6-3, 298, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy HS
— RB Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 200, Liberty HS (Frisco, Texas)
— LB Blake Renaud, 6-2, 230, De La Salle HS (Concord, Calif.)
— OG Marcus Henry, 6-3, 275, Bellevue (Wash.) HS

Grayshirts from 2010:
— WR Troy Ware, 6-2, 164, Vista (Calif.) HS
— DE Tyler Horn, 6-4, 225, Mountain View HS (Meridian)
— TE Holden Huff, 6-6, 195, Rocklin (Calif.) HS

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Boise State, Virginia Tech and Oregon State are among 10 schools selected to wear “uniquely designed Nike uniforms” for at least one game this season.

According to the press release:

“The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms the schools will wear are engineered to provide superior protection and durability, while utilizing advanced fabrics and tooling that reduce weight. Nike worked diligently with each university to bring relevant elements of the school’s rich heritage into the futuristic elite fit uniform designs. The collaborations with the universities produced the highly customized uniforms that will be revealed just days prior to the start of the 2010 college football season.”

The dates of the games will be announced at the uniform unveiling Sept. 1 in New York.

The 10 schools are Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

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Freshman Charles Leno is pushing sophomore Faraji Wright in the battle for the starting job at left tackle.

Leno has received some quality time with the first team this week. Wright had taken the vast majority of snaps with that unit for most of fall camp.

“Leno progresses real fast,” Wright said.

The two young tackles give each other tips during practice. They also learn from junior Nate Potter, the left tackle last year who has moved to left guard.

“We learn a lot from Potter,” Wright said. “Potter is like the vet out there. He took a couple reps (at left tackle) today. He was looking like he never left.”

Wright likes the development he’s seen in the line. The group is putting a heavy emphasis on the run game this week after a subpar scrimmage.

“We’re working on getting that push on the first level,” he said.

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Announcer Brent Musburger visited Boise State’s practice Tuesday. Musburger, color commentator Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox are scheduled to call the Boise State-Virginia Tech game. Cox, who lives in the Treasure Valley, also visited practice.

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About 64,000 tickets have been sold for the Boise State-Virginia Tech game, according to Virginia Tech. Boise State sold 7,000 tickets. Most of the rest have gone to Hokies fans.

FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, holds 91,704 fans. It sold out for the 2004 opener featuring Virginia Tech and USC.

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Boise State senior wide receiver Austin Pettis made a couple tremendous catches in practice Tuesday morning. The best was about a 35-yard pass from Kellen Moore. Pettis jumped high along the sideline to beat tight coverage from cornerback Jamar Taylor and tapped one toe inbounds.

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Here’s another spot in my AP Top 25 ballot. The poll will be released Saturday:

4. Texas — The Longhorns are one of the biggest locks in college football, but breaking in a new quarterback casts a little doubt over their season.

Previously:

5. TCU
6. Florida
7. Iowa
8. Virginia Tech
9. Oregon
10. Oklahoma
11. USC
12. Miami
13. Nebraska
14. Wisconsin
15. Georgia Tech
16. Pittsburgh
17. Penn State
18. Oregon State
19. Florida State
20. Arkansas
21. Utah
22. North Carolina
23. Stanford
24. LSU
25. Cincinnati

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Boise State sold 7,000 tickets!

Seriously, Cripe...I know you are smarter than this. This was simply the BSU allotment that sold through BSU. I know you realize that most fans bought from other sources for various reasons.

You make it sound like only 7000 fans will be there from BSU. Are you thinking that's the case?

I predict more in the 15K range for BSU fans. I am surprised that more Hokies have not purchased tics yet though. Maybe they are waiting for better opponent?

Ease up, buddy.

He's just reporting what he can report on. Do you really need him to say, "I am also assuming that 8,000 more Boise fans bought their tickets through other avenues." We should be as lucky that our media doesn't report as falsely as the rest of the nation.

No...

He's reporting half _ _ _ed

The statement afterwards indicating all other tickets were sold to "Hokies" is HIS statement and he knows better. I was being very easy!

Boise State

That's what Boise State sold. I have no idea how many others Boise State fans bought — nor does anyone else. If I'm guessing, they'll have about 10,000 people there, but that's guessing. And I said most of the rest of the tickets were Hokies fans. That's absolutely true. They had over 40,000 tickets.

It's fine, the Hokes are all worked up about it not sold out

Some, hopefully few, Hokie fans purchased through BSU. I would think that there will be plenty of BSU fans, whether true fans or just want BSU to win, will have bought tickets through other outlets. It doesn't matter what Chad or anyone else reports. We'll have plenty of butts in the seats. And if anyone is on the fence, think about this. How often do you have a chance to go back to DC for a BSU game and get in some fantastic sightseeing at the same time? Especially with the possibilities that are out there with this particular team. There's still tickets available, and flights, and hotels. I know I'm not missing it.

Good job Chad. Keep it up.

I'm jealous.....

Wish we could go.....

Your pastor is concerned about that.

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"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

Boise State sold 7,000

Boise State sold 7,000 tickets. FACT

Most of the rest have gone to Hokies fans. BAD JOURNALISM

A decent editor would never let that gaff get printed. How many tickets did VT sell? How many were sold through other outlets? What's your educated guess as to how many VT & BSU fans bought their tickets from other sources? Are better seats available by purchasing tickets outside BSU and VT ticket offices?

Tickets

Boise State sold 7,000 of 64,000. That leaves 57,000. Virginia Tech had more than 40,000 and sold them all. I'm pretty sure that's "most."

ccripe FTW

That settles that.

journalism?

This is a blog.

Please Please Please

I beg of you, please just don't have a B on the anus. PLEASE!

LOL.

Wholeheartedly agree

Not to worry.

That 'I' was placed over the coccyx (tailbone).

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"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

Don't Be Surprised

I grew up in Virginia. Not everyone is a Hokies fan. The game is in Landover MD across the Potomac River from D.C. I've talked to friends back there and BSU has alot of fans. Remember how many Bronco fans were at the Fiesta Bowl? Do you think they all came from Boise? NOT!

Nice to know...

Thanks for sharing. We need more!!

Bronco fans in DC

Four of us are going to the game, including my son, who is a BSU grad and lives in Arlington. We're all wearing orange shirts, it would be fun to have an "orange-out!"

I'm Jealous again!

Wish we could go. Carry the color !! Enjoy!!

No no no.....

Wear blue. VT has orange in their uniforms.

Yes, Boise is in blue, NOT ORANGE

Trade those orange shirts in. VT colors are maroon and orange. We don't want to add to that. Glad you're going to be there.

Who cares, is this "what not to wear" or football?

I have never understood the fascination with uniforms... Perhaps some of the fashonista duck fans could help us out.

BSU alum in Richmond, VA...

Got six tickets and I'm heading up I-95 for an hour to catch this game in September. Let my job know that I'm not working or they can fire me. Since I've been on the East Coast from the Treasure Valley (about seven years), I've seen Boise bumper stickers and even vanity plates in Richmond and Norfolk, and caps and sweaters as far north as Philadelphia. Do I think the fan bases will be even? No. Do I think we'll still be well represented? Yes.

This board = Lame drama Good

This board = Lame drama

Good article Chadd

If we beat Va. Tech...

We are one step closer to our goal of being invited into the NFL! Go Broncos!

My Guess for the Bronco Uniforms

I'm guessing that the helmets will have a Bronco "B" in place of the usual Boise State logo. Not sure if they would be bold enough to try Orange Helmets. Have no idea what to expect for the pants and jerseys.

Cool Uni's

Well, the Tops will be white as a main backdrop. Trim, pants, helmets, who knows? I like white, has a tendency to make players look bigger.

Anyone else out wilting in the HEAT most of the day?

Why not just wear the 1981 uniforms?

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"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

because we won it in 1980

not 81.

Cmon Chad....

Everyone knows Marcus Henry is a WO from Kansas drafted by the Jets a couple years ago...

Welcome to BSU Marcus !!!!

6'3" and 275 right now...and someone said our guys had no size. wasn't that VNDL???

What this?

what gives

da funk is back from the dead?

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"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

Been on vaction

with Wagnalls.........

It was a joke.

The lineman committed has the same name as the receiver drafted by the jets in 08.

Read the story link and listen to the audio interview. Nice athlete. Cited BSU staff, program, City, facilities for decision to come here. From Bellvue, WAs State champs 3 years running and 8 in last 10. Kids a winner.

Got it

nice....

Heather Cox

I didn't know she was an Idahoan. That's pretty cool.

Yup,

husband is Jon Cox, local attorney, former BSU'er, good people.

Hey Chadd

Not that you ain't busy or nothin, but don't forget #3