By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team doesn’t begin practice until next week (Thursday, Aug. 4), but this week is the unofficial start of the season.
The Mountain West Conference media days are Tuesday and Wednesday in Las Vegas — just part of what figures to be a busy week of news regarding current and former Broncos.
Here’s a look at the schedule (all times Mountain). Be sure to watch my blog, the Murph’s Turf blog, my Twitter account (@IDS_BroncoBeat) and Brian Murphy’s Twitter account (@murphsturph) for updates throughout the week.
8 a.m.: Undrafted free agents and rookies can sign with NFL teams. That ends a long wait for undrafted players like safety Jeron Johnson, defensive end Ryan Winterswyk, nickel Winston Venable, quarterback Mike Coughlin, tight end Tommy Gallarda and tailback Jeremy Avery. Other free agents can begin agreeing to new contracts, but can’t officially sign until Friday — rules that affect players like Daryn Colledge, Quintin Mikell, Korey Hall, Gerald Alexander, Derek Schouman, Chris Carr and Legedu Naanee.
11:30 a.m.: The Mountain West releases its preseason polls and all-conference team. (See my ballot below).
2 p.m.: Mountain West press conferences begin, with each team getting 15 minutes for its head coach and two players (Boise State will be represented by Chris Petersen, Kellen Moore and George Iloka).
All podium sessions will be available live on themwc.com.
3:30 p.m.: TheMWC.com has live chats with players throughout the day. Moore and Iloka will be featured at 3:30.
4:45 p.m.: Boise State takes the podium.
5 p.m.: The Mtn. will air a two-hour special from media days. Boise State will be featured at 6:45 p.m.
9 a.m.: Commissioner Craig Thompson delivers his state-of-the-conference address and answers questions from the media.
Here’s my Mountain West ballot:
Predicted order of finish:
1. Boise State
3. Air Force
4. San Diego State
6. Colorado State
8. New Mexico
All-Mountain West (based on candidate lists provided by the league office):
QB: Kellen Moore, Boise State
RB: Doug Martin, Boise State
RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
OL: Nate Potter, Boise State
OL: A.J. Wallerstein, Air Force
OL: Kyle Dooley, TCU
OL: Blaize Foltz, TCU
OL: Thomas Byrd, Boise State
TE: Lucas Reed, New Mexico
WR: Josh Boyce, TCU
WR: Phillip Payne, UNLV
DL: Billy Winn, Boise State
DL: Shea McClellin, Boise State
DL: Stansly Maponga, TCU
DL: Josh Biezuns, Wyoming
LB: Tank Carder, TCU
LB: Tanner Brock, TCU
LB: Mychal Sisson, Colorado State
DB: George Iloka, Boise State
DB: Leon McFadden, San Diego State
DB: Tashaun Gipson, Wyoming
DB: Anthony Wright, Air Force
P: Brian Stahovich, San Diego State
K: Abelardo Perez, San Diego State
KR/PR: Jonathan Warzeka, Air Force
Offensive Player of the Year: Kellen Moore, Boise State
Defensive Player of the Year: Tank Carder, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brian Stahovich, San Diego State
Georgia put an additional 800 tickets for the season opener against Boise State on sale Monday and they sold out in 2 minutes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia sold 53,522 tickets, the AJC reported. Boise State sold out its allotment of 7,500.
Here is the full report.