By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team will rise early this year.
The Broncos will practice at 8:45 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays during spring ball, which begins Monday.
The plan is to practice in the mornings during the 2012 season, too.
The Broncos had been practicing at 2:30 p.m.
“We’ve researched it for many years and we have really wanted to do it for the past couple years, but we just didn’t think it was the appropriate time,” coach Chris Petersen said. “Now we’re just pulling the trigger. It organizes and compacts the (players’) schedules more than putting it in the middle of the day. The wild card in this whole thing is class schedules. It worked well in the spring. … We’re going to do it in the fall unless something comes up where there’s no way.”
Players and coaches like the idea. Players will lift weights as early as 6 a.m. and meet with their position groups before practice. They’ll meet again late in the day, to review the practice. Previously, meetings held before practice were used to review the previous day and preview the coming practice.
“I think it’s great,” defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. “Guys are bright-eyed. We get them early in the morning and get the practice and the physical part out of the way, and then they’re able to go focus on school. They’ve got their adrenaline flowing, so they should have a lot more energy for class.”
Said senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs: “When it’s in the afternoon, you’re just waiting around the whole day just thinking about football — you want it to come so bad. When it’s in the morning, there’s no better way to start the day than meetings and practices.”
Boise State’s practices are closed to the public except the Spring Game, which is at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The Broncos will practice four times next week and three times the following week. After spring break, they go three times for a week and four times for a week. Spring ball concludes April 16 with a new practice that will allow the team to review the Spring Game. The March 23 practice is a closed scrimmage.
Boise State’s four quarterbacks will be unavailable for interviews during spring ball.
In tomorrow’s paper, I’ll have a profile of new defensive line coach Andy Avalos.
Avalos and Kwiatkowski, the line coach for the past six years, plan to share the line responsibilities. Avalos is primarily responsible for the ends and Kwiatkowski is primarily responsible for the tackles. They’ll still meet as a group.
“It will be good to be able to have another guy to take a little bit of a load off of me with those guys,” Kwiatkowski said. “We can switch back and forth between tackles and ends, or he can have them all and I can go focus my attention in different areas.”
Some roster updates:
— Redshirt freshman Dillon Lukehart (6-foot, 200 pounds) of Eagle High has moved from linebacker to safety. “We wanted to see if he can do it, because if he can, he’d be a really good-sized safety,” Kwiatkowski said. Other safety contenders going into spring ball: Eric Agbaroji, Lee Hightower, Hazen Moss, Darian Thompson, Jeremy Ioane and Taylor Loffler.
— Offensive lineman Bronson Durrant’s career is over. He will graduate this year and move on. He would have been a redshirt senior.
— Walk-on Rory Connop has moved back to defensive line. He spent some time on the offensive line.
— Walk-on Hilton Richardson is playing defensive back. He arrived last fall as a wide receiver.
Florida has released the contract for offensive coordinator Brent Pease, formerly of Boise State.
Pease will make $1.8 million over three years — $490,000 per year in salary, $10,000 per year from Nike, a $100,000 signing bonus and $100,000 bonuses after his second and third seasons.
Pease was scheduled to make $306,891 in 2012 at Boise State.