Boise State right tackle Charles Leno Jr. aims to become blocking 'technician'

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team only returns one player who started every game last season — junior right tackle Charles Leno Jr.

Leno, who hadn’t started a game until last year’s season opener, also ranks tied for third on the team in career starts with 13. Left guard Joe Kellogg and cornerback Jamar Taylor are tied for first with 22. Tight end Gabe Linehan has 13.

Leno is trying to get better this year through attacking his fundamentals. He was sloppy at times last year, he said.

“We’re all about being technicians out there on the O-line, so that’s what I want to do,” he said.


The Broncos put on shoulder pads for Monday’s practice, part of the NCAA acclimatization process. Like the first two days, they split into a veterans practice in the morning and a newcomers practice in the afternoon.

In the morning, the defense met its three-turnover goal for the first time during camp. Linebacker Tommy Smith made a nice pick on a pass that deflected off the body of the receiver in front of him. The first-team offense marched 65 yards for a touchdown on its first game-like drive of camp. Sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller made the touchdown grab.

In the afternoon, true freshman Donte Deayon, who was tabbed Mr. Interception in high school, grabbed an interception and nearly had a second one during 1-on-1 drills.

Senior defensive lineman Darren Koontz was named coach Chris Petersen's camper of the day. I’ll have more on Koontz in Tuesday’s newspaper.

“Darren had a really nice day,” Petersen told “He was playing physical and much faster, and he was nice and disruptive today.”


Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio met with the media Monday and the Spartans’ season opener against Boise State was a key topic.

“All I do is just keep looking at 73-6, which is Coach Petersen’s record,” he said. “You don’t have to go much beyond that.”

Dantonio and his staff have counted 178 different offensive formations while studying the Broncos.

“I was just watching Boise this morning,” he said. “… They’re a little bit of an unknown at certain positions because they’ve lost some guys. But they’re an extremely well coached team. … We’ve grown a lot of respect for them just from the time since we’ve been watching them.”


ESPN announced its college football announcer crews for the season Monday.

The Friday crew (Michigan State game) includes Carter Blackburn for play by play, Rod Gilmore as analyst and Jemele Hill on the sidelines.

The Thursday crew (BYU game) includes Rece Davis for play by play, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack as analysts and Samantha Steele on the sidelines.


any comment on how Jay Ajayi looks coming off the knee injury? Or any of the running backs?

Running backs

The freshman running backs (Ajayi, Fields, Demas) look good but until they put the full pads on on Wednesday, it's too early to judge. Not a lot of running plays yet. Fields has an impressive build and he and Demas both look quick.

OK, now you're


Hey Chadd

What's with the Statesman making your blog here so difficult to find on this website? You can find Murphy's blog link simply by clicking on the Sports above and choosing from the drop down menu there - but your blog (about the only thing worth reading here) can NOT be found that way. What's up with that B.S.?

One word




Not sure, but think that goes to Murph's columns, not his blogs. The latest blog headline is usually in the news updates at the top of the page. Also, the latest headline is always at our Boise State football site,

Jemele Hill?

Excuse me while I vomit.

We can't take

you anywhere.........

§ He's pretty easy to clean.

Just a quick dunk in the river outside the Ram and he's ready for more.

Not much left for the

Not much left for the fishies after he's finished re-eating what he wants.

I wont be eating again

Im guessing you dont know Ms. Hill?

Shes a graduate of MSU and has covered both the basketball team and football team for 6 years before working for ESPN.

She likened the Celtics to Hitler and compared UK basketball coach John Calipari to Charles Manson. Shes known for race baiting and lacks admitted self-control.

Sounds like a great sideline reporter, right?

She seems like a winner


§ Lacks self control?

She needs to log on here. Would fit perfectly with pony, bduck ... and a couple of others.

What she says about Bronco football in 3 weeks

...will make bduck and pony look like orange and blue homers.

BTW Chadd

Keep the tweets up!


great video

I really think we are going to see a great year from DJ if he stays healthy. He's going to turn some heads outside of Boise me thinks.

Mr. Leno is

Mr. Leno is alright.


You fry wants with that?

Well well, what do you know....

§ What's the over/under

on how long before the first negative comment about this? Extra $8-10 million above the MWC deal?

" reported that sources indicate the network that could pay such a price for the Big East is NBC." Would love to see the Broncos on NBC/NBCSN.

"However, if the latest news about the Big East is true, the doubters and critics could be eating some serious humble pie."

You said it from the get-go; it never was about the BCS or AQ status, but all about the size of the slice (i.e., value).

That is some nice coin

I'd rather have an ESPN contract though. As we observed last year, if you aren't one of the "mother ship's" teams, it is tough to get the exposure that seems so necessary in todays multi-media market. An extra 8-10 mil sure would be great though.

Nice piece on Shea


michigan state favored by 7. alabama by 12 over michigan(game is in texas). jokedoc, is michigan opening the season with a loss? notre dame favored over navy, would love to see navy get the win(game is in ireland). byu favored against wsu of the powerful pac2. cal favored over nevada(would love to see nevada spank them again).

and oregon

opens with a game against arkansas state. who?


At least Arkansas is a state......

says a duck fan.....

Arkansas State

Defending Sun Belt champs! A veritable goliath vs goliath.