By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior starting tight end Tommy Gallarda has had surgery on a broken foot, coach Chris Petersen said Monday. The Broncos are hopeful Gallarda will return for the bowl game.
Gallarda is the third straight senior tight end lost to a foot injury, joining Chris O'Neill (2008) and Richie Brockel (2009).
Gallarda has seven catches for 63 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also is a key blocker. Junior Kyle Efaw, a big part of the passing attack and an improved blocker, becomes the starter.
The Broncos are hopeful that kicker Kyle Brotzman will be able to at least handle scoring kicks this week. He missed the Louisiana Tech game with a leg injury. Freshman Trevor Harman likely will handle kickoffs and punts.
Petersen wasn't specific on the rest of the team's injuries. Gallarda is the only player he ruled out of Saturday's game against Hawaii, not counting previous season-ending injuries.
Defensive back/wide receiver Darian Thompson of Paraclete High in Lancaster, Calif., has given Boise State an oral commitment for 2011, Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia said.
Thompson is expected to play defensive back at Boise State. He plays cornerback and safety.
"He's an incredible player — he can do anything," Dahlia said. "He has played every position except offensive line and defensive line. He's a remarkable kid, a real student of the game. He really studies the opposing quarterbacks and receivers, all by himself. I just hand him the film and he studies them. ... He's a pretty impressive young man."
Thompson (6-foot-2, 172 pounds) is a two-way starter. He leads the team with four interceptions, 33 receptions, 592 receiving yards and 72 points. He also punts and returns punts.
He started as a defensive back as a sophomore and junior. He had four interceptions last year.
Boise State was the first school to offer Thompson a scholarship. Boise State looked at him at Dahlia's request while checking out a couple of his teammates. Thompson attended the Broncos' summer camp.
"After we went up to the camp, he told me, 'Coach, this is where I want to play,' " Dahlia said. "It's pretty hard not to once you meet their staff."
For an idea of how well-respected Thompson is at Paraclete, Dahlia and the Paraclete principal (who is not a football coach) drove him to Boise for the camp.
Thompson wasn't highly recruited, Dahlia said, because of his weight. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and has great leaping ability, which he showed off on an interception last week with Boise State linebackers coach Bob Gregory on hand.
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
— CB Eric Agbaroji, 6-1, 180, Midlothian (Texas) HS
— S Corey Bell, 5-11, 200, Capital HS
— K/P Matt Goudis, 6-0, 165, Chaminade HS (Calabasas, Calif.)
— DB Darian Thompson, 6-2, 172, Paraclete HS (Lancaster, Calif.)
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