Get ready for a busy week of Boise State football news

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

9 a.m.: Commissioner Craig Thompson delivers his state-of-the-conference address and answers questions from the media.

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Here’s my Mountain West ballot:

Predicted order of finish:

1. Boise State
2. TCU
3. Air Force
4. San Diego State
5. Wyoming
6. Colorado State
7. UNLV
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

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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.

It means nothing until the first play.

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Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

It means something until the first play...

...then it means nothing.

Like most cities with a sports team of some sort

this does mean something. Go to Green Bay, WI and see if the Packers mean nothing. Try Boston with the Red Sox. Go to Boulder, and see if the Buffaloes mean "nothing". How about Gainesville for the Gators? What about those towns where college basketball reigns? Spokane, WA (Gonzaga)? Durham, NC (Duke)?

Boise is a city with professional sports and a darn good college football team. Therefore, it means something here.

Honestly, your comment is just plain stupid.

You pounded it in 24/7/370 and no, it hasn't got much oomph...

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Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

I predict

that Tyrone Crawford will be on the Mountain West first team as a DL; he is poised to break out big-time this year after getting more comfortable with the defensive schemes. Last year he was learning, but it was still obvious that he was much stronger and had better athleticism than Ryan Wynterswyk--and that's not taking anything away from Ryan, who had a stellar career with the Broncos.

I see a break out year for him as well

I figure he'll be playing on Sundays.

If Carta-Samuels hadn't bolted Wyoming

I'd put them at no. 5, too. However, I think I'd have to drop them down to no. 7 and boost CSU and UNLV each up a spot. I'd have to flip-flop SDSU and Air Force, too, simply based on the head-to-head being in San Diego. Otherwise, pretty good call for a conference newbie, Chadd.

New Donkey QB?

Kellen Moore was seen checking out the facilities at BYU. Probably does not mean anything.

Who cares?

Too much Bronco football hype in this town.

Then why are you wasting

Then why are you wasting your time even posting!!!

KF

Like that Tea Party thing, right?

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Too literal? I'm sorry you feel I have a Literal Agenda!

Too much credit for TCU

Without Andy they will be a smell of their former self. TCU 8-4 falls to BSU, Air Force, San Diego State and at least one non-con : )

Also Andy stayed on the field a bunch, which allowed for the D to be plenty rested. That's not happening for them this year - so don't expect Tank to be that special? BSU, Air Force, and San Diego State will wear the frogs out! Too much offense : )

No biggee same as WAC media days from the past

Buwahahahahahaha! Yeah right.
Live chats on the conf. website, 2 hour show on the conferences own network.
Lovin it.
Go Broncos!! National Championship Run 2011!!