By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior linebacker J.C. Percy is the only one of the Broncos’ 23 seniors who has played in every game during his career.
The class will be honored Saturday at Bronco Stadium before the Broncos close the home schedule with a 1:37 p.m. game against Colorado State.
“It’s a different feeling,” Percy said. “It’s sad that it’s my last time being able to play on the blue, but it’s exciting because it is my last time. … Hopefully I can embrace these emotions and go out and play great.”
Percy has enjoyed a terrific senior season. He tops the team with 82 tackles and is one of the leaders of a defense that has carried the Broncos to an 8-2 record and within two wins of their first Mountain West championship.
“I love this game and I’m so grateful that the coaches have given me the opportunity to be able to do that,” Percy said. “I’ve had so much fun, in every game really. I’m just looking forward to the rest of these.”
He said he hopes he has left an impression off the field as well as on it. He was recently named to the academic all-district team.
“If I look back right now, I feel like I’ve made an impact on several people’s careers here and hopefully some people’s lives with some of the things we’ve been able to talk about with our unity (meetings),” Percy said.
The two losses hurt, but Percy is thrilled with the performance of the defense during his senior year.
“If you take away those two losses, it would be a picture-perfect senior year,” he said. “Given the circumstances, I feel like defense-wise we’ve done an amazing job. We’ve met all the expectations we had as a senior class coming in.”
The 2012 seniors have a chance to tie for the second-best career record in school history. Here are the top classes:
2011: 50-3 (.943)
2009: 49-4 (.925)
2012: 46-4 (.920)
2010: 48-5 (.906)
Looking ahead, the 2013 seniors (juniors now) have four losses, the 2014 seniors (sophomores now) have three losses and the 2015 seniors (freshmen now) have two losses.
Colorado State senior left tackle Joe Caprioglio said the Rams are looking forward to the challenge of playing in Bronco Stadium.
“Obviously being in a non-automatic-qualifying conference, watching Boise State break down that barrier, they’ve become kind of an iconic team — especially around these circles,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge. We’re looking forward to it. I have faith in our team — we’re looking forward to coming in and giving this a run.”