Boise State true freshman LB Blake Renaud to play this year; Nike to unveil Broncos' Pro Combat uniforms Thursday

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Boise State true freshman Blake Renaud is the Broncos’ No. 5 linebacker going into the season and will play extensively on special teams, Broncos assistants Bob Gregory and Jeff Choate said Tuesday.

Renaud plays middle linebacker and is behind senior Byron Hout and junior Tommy Smith on the depth chart.

“He’s a good young player and he’s got a great future in front of him,” said Gregory, the linebackers coach. “We first start with the special-teams deal and kind of go from there. … At some point, he’ll play (linebacker) for us this year.”

Renaud helps the Broncos at a position where they lack depth. They don’t have a scholarship linebacker in the sophomore or redshirt freshman classes.

“We told him in recruiting that our depth is not huge at that position and we need him,” Gregory said. “To his credit, he did a great job preparing.”

Renaud is 6-foot-2, 235 pounds. He’s from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif.

“He’s physically different than most incoming freshmen,” said Choate, the special teams coach. “He can hold up. He’s a physical kid.”

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Choate is watching a couple of high-profile competitions for starting jobs.

He’s the nickels coach, where senior Hunter White and sophomore Jonathan Brown are locked in a battle for the starting job. Both will play and a starter might not be named until game day.

“It’s really about production,” Choate said. “I trust both of them. They’re both accountable guys. … That’s an awesome feeling to have. I’ve got two guys I can put out there. Now it comes down to who can be the most productive player at that position.”

Junior-college transfer Dextrell Simmons also will contribute at nickel but lacks the experience of the other two.

Meanwhile, on special teams, Choate must decide between redshirt freshman Dan Goodale and junior Michael Frisina for the starting job on field goals and PATs. He has charted every kick during team situations in fall practice and Frisina is a couple makes ahead. Both kickers could travel to Georgia because of an expanded travel roster but the Broncos won’t have that luxury all season. The tiebreaker might be that Goodale is the backup kickoff specialist.

“They are very, very close — in a good way,” Choate said.

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Tommy Smith grew up about 10 minutes from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

He has acquired 17 tickets to the Sept. 3 game against Georgia for family and friends but still is 10 short of what he needs. He’s hoping to get some more when the Broncos settle on their travel roster.

Smith never has played at the Georgia Dome but he did attend Atlanta Falcons games there.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be playing Georgia in the Georgia Dome,” Smith said. “… It’s not a dream, but it’s definitely a great chance I get to have all my family come and watch me play.”

Smith is expected to play an expanded role this season. He and senior Byron Hout will rotate at middle linebacker. Hout is the better blitzer and run defender; Smith is the better pass defender.

The linebacker corps as a whole, Smith said, needs to bring “intensity” to the defense.

“We need to be real hard-nosed,” he said.

My linebackers preview runs in Wednesday’s paper.

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Boise State coach Chris Petersen talks to his team often about “verbal combat” — and he doesn’t mean trash talking.

“It’s talking amongst yourselves, getting guys fired up and being positive,” defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. “… There’s nothing worse than a bunch of mutes out there.”

This came up while I was talking to Kwiatkowski about defensive end Jarrell Root, who has emerged as the vocal leader of the defense. Here is the story I wrote on Root for today’s paper.

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Nike says it will unveil the Broncos’ uniforms for the season opener on Thursday.

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BYU on Tuesday announced that it will play Houston on Sept. 27, 2014. BYU already has a game scheduled at Boise State for that date. That game hasn’t been moved, so for the moment BYU is double-booked.

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Nike made UGA look like an XFL team

I hope Nike redeems itself with our pro combats

who cares nation you remind me of the big sky

must be a slow sports day in the city of potatoes after the first game nation ypu will have plenty of time to watch major football

Thanks, Chadd...

You just let the Georgia coaches know that they should run against Tommy and pass against Byron. LOL... Go Blue!!!

Yeah...because there's no

Yeah...because there's no way they knew that before. I'm sure Georgia's #1 source for info is the Statesman, all that film is over-rated.

LOL...

LOL! I guess you missed the "LOL" in my post. That meant it was meant to be a humorous comment. Go Blue!!!

one more thing nation of geeks

i love teasing you geeks

maybe wouldn't be so bad if you could spell there

maybe wouldn't be so bad if you could spell there

kustra when are you adddressing the media

are you resigning or firing the head varsity coach hopefully the latter

kustra running for govenor

what will we do geeks

Weisberg

Glad that your intellect is limited to inane one-liners, because we all believe in freedom of speech--even for you. Now, please get a glass of warm milk and a cookie, and go to bed.

charliebub

goodnight geek do not forget your blanket and of course your tomato sauce

Charlie, that sauce is probably a good Idea...

Now if I had some hamburger

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Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.

Hey, I got that hamburger now. Par-tay

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Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.

Don't forget

Hout's interception in the Poinsettia Bowl as a true freshman, he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time--and can be downright sneaky about it. His understanding of the game may be second only to Kellen's among our players. Also hoping that Tommy can have a big game in his home town, and help us win!

hout a big sky plaer and a dirti ]y one

go ducks

go home ducks...

...your program is a joke...$25G for a kid that blows you off...your QB in a racing car "asleep" while others smoke pot...your coach covering it all up...

Except the blanket will smell.

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Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.

Poor Ducks

They crash on the blue turf!

I seen a whole team of them crash a while back.

poor Broncs

They crash on the green Nevada grass then the Ducks go on to play in the National Championship.

Nike couldn't possibly make

Nike couldn't possibly make Boise State Uniforms any uglier than the ones they made for Georgia.

Did you see Fresno State's?

They are terrible, and maybe it was the lighting, but the red almost looks orange, and the away's look like Oregon St.

Weisberg

You shouldn't drink and post, it makes you appear more stupid.

Not possible

It's not possible for him to "appear more stupid".........and secondly he does a very good job of proving his stupidity (and ignorance) on a daily basis. Much like F.O. demonstrates his insanity on a daily basis. There's no need to give him any advice on that subject.

I'm not insane, I'm insanely good at this. DIFFERENCE.

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Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.