By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior left tackle Nate Potter made another All-America team Monday. He is on the Yahoo! Sports first team.
Potter is the only Bronco on the team, which includes first, second and third teams.
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson and his players met the media Saturday for the first time since the Sun Devils learned they would play Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Some highlights from various media accounts:
— Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a projected NFL first-round draft pick, will travel with the team but needs to earn his playing time. He was benched in the regular-season finale against Cal after receiving a personal foul. The Arizona Republic reported that Burfict refused to go back into that game but Erickson refuted that report.
“If he practices hard, then he’ll play,” Erickson said.
Burfict did not make the All-Pac-12 team, even as an honorable-mention pick.
“He just didn’t play like he did the year before,” Erickson said.
— There is some question of how the Sun Devils will approach this game after losing their final four regular-season games. Erickson was fired and the search for a replacement continues. Players said they’re hungry for a win and enthusiastic.
"I don't know that you'll know until we play," Erickson said. "I can tell you a little bit as practice goes on but it's not the easiest situation for everybody involved, mainly our players."
Utah State coach Gary Andersen got the Utah State logo tattooed on the back of one shoulder Sunday — following through on a pledge he made to his team before the season. He said he would get the tattoo if they reached a bowl game.
"I have to keep my promise to the kids," Andersen told The Salt Lake Tribune. "It’s a little weird having a tattoo, but this is well worth it. I love it."
The Aggies will play Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday at Bronco Stadium. The teams arrive Tuesday.
Andersen also could have a new contract before that game kicks off.
Here is the full story from The Salt Lake Tribune.
Boise State recruit Armand Nance of Houston will play in a state title game this week. Here is a story on him.
Higher Ed Watch again this year ranked the final BCS Top 25 by academic performance. Boise State ranks No. 2, behind only Penn State.
Here is the full report.
Virginia Tech is now selling "proxy" tickets to the Sugar Bowl because its fans have purchased just 9,337 of the school's 17,500 tickets. The Hokies have struggled to sell tickets to BCS games several times in recent years and still got the nod over Boise State and Kansas State.
Here is the release.
Reports indicate Colorado State is hiring Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, a former Fresno State offensive coordinator. McElwain also was under consideration at Fresno State.