Boise State football team moves practices to mornings

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.

I like it

Perhaps now they can have a wider variety of majors these guys can pursue due to class scheduling.
(evidence that Boise St. hasn't be just a football school)
As well as being more efficient in their time management and more effective in their preparation.

Connop, Richardson, and Lukehart

Man - I'm likng everything but the Richardson position and that only because I thought he'd be a breakout receiver with tremendous speed. But i guess this season we have a lot of break out receiver's with tremendous speed : )

Now as for Connop - I guess the Broncos are so sound on the offensive line that Connop can return to the "D" and really show quarterbacks just how awesome he is?

My favorite of these is the Lukehart switch. I was bummed when the Broncos did not want to use him at RB but sent him to LB. He is so much like Martin it's pathetic (strong - fast - smart). What a super addition to the D backfield

Having Lukehart at safety, if he pulls it off, will essentially neutralize other back schemes in a huge way. I am thinking the Lukehart change is do to Lakes wanting him as much as Lukehart wanting to play safety.

Man am I pumped for this season - Hightower, Lukehart, and Loffler at Safety OH MY GOD : }

This is the greatest article YOU'VE ever written Chadd. SUPER JOB

"Oh one more thing" (Colombo) With the offensive line so strong they can retire Bronson and send Connop to the other side, well now it really doesn't matter who starts at quarterback-with that said GO GET EM LAUGHREA - with your cannon arm you have a leg up on Hedrick and Patti

Cannon arm? Leg up?

Think I heard Coach Pete on the radio saying the "cannon arm" means nothing to him.

ready to argue over this comment Pilot?

Pete said it meant nothing versus good decision making. So if the scout player of the year makes good decisions this year, with his "CANNON ARM" it would seem likely that a number two spot in the rotation could be had. I said could be - It would give him a "leg up", if you will.

It really wasn't necessary for me to break this down to you - Why be so quick to attack a Bronco fan - we are all the same family, so to speak

Have a nice day

So Live With Kelly can have a show in Boise...


Believe in yourself. At least you won't troll yourself in blogs.


Can we add Hilton Richardson to the safety contenders right now because of his size? Loffler and Richardson make a huge pair of safeties if they get on the field together. More great updates, keep them coming. It's going to be an intriguing spring with all the starters to replace. Thanks

right on

Yeah I am thinking that way too. We have safety's 6'2/6'3 and Lukehart pounding 200 plus - these guys will be abnormal (bronco normal anyway and more like the big boy's if you will).

Is the NCAA ever going to rule on the appeal?

Do we have 82 scholarships or 85? More grayshirts if appeal not granted, I'm guessing?