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Cornerback who starred in Texas state title game commits to Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team added a commitment this weekend from the defensive MVP of the Texas state championship game.

Cornerback Cameron Hartsfield (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) of Allen (Texas) High committed Saturday on a visit to Boise State. He previously committed to Nevada.

Boise State contacted Hartsfield two weeks ago, he said.

“I was still open to all my options and Boise State came in late,” he said. “I just wanted to check them out. I ended up loving it there.”

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Boise State builds its 2013 football team as strength training begins

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team began its 2013 work this week with a return to the four-days-a-week strength and conditioning schedule.

Strength coach Tim Socha, who joined the staff in 2006, has tried to change up the workouts enough from year to year to avoid stagnation. This year, the workouts are part of a team-wide competition that includes academics and community service.

Jamar Taylor won't play in Senior Bowl because of illness

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor won’t play in today’s Senior Bowl because of illness, he tweeted an hour before the game.

Taylor had tweeted Friday that he wasn’t feeling well.

“I just wanna tell all my family, friends & bronco nation I'm not playing in todays game. I'm really sick n couldn't find the energy to play,” Taylor tweeted Saturday.

Boise State's Jamar Taylor excels at Senior Bowl; Leno, Bell talk about 2013 Broncos football team

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor made a strong showing in Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Ala., and will play for the North team in the game at 2 p.m. MST Saturday (NFL Network).

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Boise State football will play in Mountain Division of Mountain West; conference championship game set for Dec. 7

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will play in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West beginning this year — a division that doesn’t include any of the league’s teams in the Pacific Time Zone.

Boise State will be joined by Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division.

The West Division includes Nevada, Fresno State, UNLV, Hawaii, San Diego State and San Jose State.

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Boise State football team finishes No. 18 in AP poll

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team landed at No. 18 in the final Associated Press Top 25 for the 2012 season, released late Monday night. The Broncos cracked the final top 20 for the fifth straight season and the ninth time in 11 years.

The Broncos climbed two spots after beating Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. They passed Oregon State, Northern Illinois, Michigan and UCLA but got jumped by Northwestern and Louisville.

Boise State football's Sam Ukwuachu makes FWAA Freshman All-America Team

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu made the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team, which was announced Monday.

Ukwuachu, a redshirt freshman from Pearland, Texas, finished third on the team with 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. He was tied for first with three fumble recoveries and 12th with 35 tackles.

Boise State, Washington football coaches and stars meet the media in Las Vegas

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

LAS VEGAS — The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas held its annual press conference Friday morning. Washington was represented by coach Steve Sarkisian, quarterback Keith Price and cornerback Desmond Trufant. Boise State was represented by coach Chris Petersen, tailback D.J. Harper and cornerback Jamar Taylor.

Here are some highlights:

Freshman safety Darian Thompson, sophomore nickel Corey Bell keep Boise State defense on track despite personnel losses

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

When the Boise State football team lost starting free safety Lee Hightower to suspension in late October, the Broncos ranked eighth in the nation in pass defense and seventh in pass-efficiency defense.

Five games later, with redshirt freshman Darian Thompson playing free safety, they’re tied for fourth in pass defense and seventh in pass-efficiency defense.

In other words, it was a seamless transition — and that hasn’t been the case with personnel changes in the secondary in recent years.

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