By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen met with the media Wednesday. Here are a bunch of notes (audio here):
— Walk-on offensive lineman Matt Paradis, the backup center, has been put on scholarship. Offensive tackle Zach Waller, who didn’t practice during fall camp, will not be with the program this season.
— Boise State has 82 players on scholarship for the season. That allows the program to take the full three-scholarship penalty this year that was self-imposed in response to the program’s NCAA violations. Petersen could have deferred some of the penalty to next year. The NCAA still hasn’t announced whether there will be additional penalties.
— Three true freshmen are on the redshirt bubble — wide receiver Dallas Burroughs, defensive back Lee Hightower and nickel Corey Bell. The only true freshmen who definitely will play are linebacker Blake Renaud and defensive end Tyler Horn.
— Boise State will not name captains this season. They will have single-game captains.
— The starter at right guard hasn’t been determined and there is a third entrant in the race — junior Brenel Myers. Sophomore Jake Broyles and senior Chuck Hayes were the primary contenders in camp.
— Tight end Chandler Koch is questionable for the opener. Wide receiver Aaron Burks is day to day with a sprained ankle. They were injured in last week’s scrimmage. The only player who has been ruled out for the opener is cornerback Ebo Makinde, who was injured during the offseason.
— Boise State can take 70 players to the Georgia game. The officials will be from the SEC.
— Petersen on fall camp: “I thought it was good. I thought it was pretty clean. I was proud of the guys. I think I said way back maybe at press conference one that we thought these guys have that workmanlike attitude. They’re not a huge rah-rah crew — when they are, they’ve kind of got to work at it, take out one or two guys. They were very focused. I think they get it. Now it will just be whether we can continue the process because that’s just fall camp.”
— On the first day of practice after school started Monday: “I thought yesterday’s practice was not wasted, but average, because of the combination of it was pretty hot, it was school, it was a completely different routine for them. And they were trying. They were trying to get it right, but you can tell we need to be better.”
— On the kickers: “Practice is the driving range. I’m even decent on the driving range, but not on the golf course.”
— On the Pro Combat uniforms that will be released Thursday: “I like ‘em. … It will look different than it did before. … Once you get a couple different uniforms it’s hard to be totally radical and not look like something you’ve kind of seen before. It’s not totally radical. … Either people will really appreciate them or really hate them.”
— For the regular season, Petersen said the Broncos will mix and match with the uniforms they already have.
— On nobody wearing No. 1: “It just didn’t come up. We’ll dust it off maybe again next year.”
— Petersen also was fired up about Brian Scott’s race car. Check out Murph’s blog here.
Here's a list of the 46 Boise State football walk-ons who have been awarded scholarships since 1998, when Dirk Koetter took over the program. Coaches Dan Hawkins (2001-05) and Chris Petersen (2006-11) have continued the tradition.
1998 (5): OT Willy Van Gorder, WR Matt Sevieri, TE Jeb Putzier, TE Nate Colbert, DT Tony Altieri
1999 (6): FB Shay Swan, DE Jeff Copp, DE Sky Dumont, RB Brock Forsey, PK Nick Calaycay, WR Jerry Smith
2000 (1): TE Shaelan McDonough
2001 (4): LS Tom Anderson, OG Jeff Cheek, LB Kris Foster, WR Tim Gilligan
2002 (3): FB Greg Swenson, WR T.J. Acree, PK Tyler Jones
2003 (5): RB Jeff Carpenter, DT Andrew Browning, TE Trent Lundin, OL Klayton Adams, P Kyle Stringer
2004 (1): LB Colt Brooks
2005 (5): LB Ben Chuckovich, ST Ia Falo, WR Cole Clasen, WR Vinny Perretta, S Robby Jones
2006 (1): RB Brett Denton
2007 (5): FB Michael Lose, WR Tanyon Bissell, LB Tim Brady, PK Kyle Brotzman, DE Ryan Winterswyk
2008 (3): OT Matt Slater, WR Michael Choate, WR Tyler Shoemaker
2009 (4): FB Andy Silsby, S Travis Stanaway, OT Michael Ames, LB J.C. Percy
2010 (2): LS Chris Roberson, TE Sean King
2011 (1): OL Matt Paradis
Former Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick, drafted in 2008, has signed a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter reports the five-year deal is worth $27 million with $10 million guaranteed.