Boise State's D.J. Harper enjoys feature role; ex-Bronco Doug Martin named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior tailback D.J. Harper has perfected a tackle-breaking spin move this season — one that seems to be his go-to move any time a defender tries to grab his leg in the open field.

He broke at least two tackles with it last week and spun away from a defender on a 28-yard touchdown against Fresno State.

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Boise State football team doesn't mind late kickoff: 'The crowd's going to go crazy'

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Four weeks after playing one of the earliest games in school history, the Boise State football team faces one of its latest.

The Broncos will battle San Diego State at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bronco Stadium — a time slot selected by CBS Sports Network.

The Broncos have played at least three home games after 8 p.m. in recent years but none that I could find that started this late. They played Oregon at 8:15 p.m. in 2009, Nevada at 8:08 p.m. in 2009 and Oregon State at 8:07 p.m. in 2004.

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San Diego State practiced on blue turf during fall camp to prepare for this week's trip to Boise

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

San Diego State football coach Rocky Long was the Mountain West’s most outspoken critic of Boise State’s blue turf.

He said Tuesday he has changed his mind.

The Aztecs practiced on a blue high school field during fall camp.

“After being on it more often, I don’t think it makes a darn bit of difference either way,” Long said. “… We went out there just to make sure that there wasn’t anything involved in that. After we practiced on it, we had a 2-hour practice on it, we scrimmaged on it.”

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Boise State's Douglas (torn ACL) out for year, Hightower (suspension) out indefinitely

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team has lost cornerback Bryan Douglas for the season and safety Lee Hightower indefinitely, coach Chris Petersen said Monday (audio here).

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Boise State football team moves up two spots to No. 19 in BCS standings

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

UPDATE:

The Boise State football team moved up two spots to No. 19 in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday. The Broncos are 23rd in the computers, which is offsetting their better marks in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll (14th) and Harris poll (17th).

Boise State needs to get to the top 16 to have a shot at an automatic BCS berth. They also need to finish ahead of a BCS-conference champion.

Boise State freshman safety Darian Thompson makes most of opportunities

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State redshirt freshman safety Darian Thompson doesn’t play full time, but when he gets in he seems to find the ball.

Thompson, the Broncos’ third safety, has two interceptions to tie for the team lead and a fumble recovery this season. He’s tied for 12th on the team with 19 tackles.

Thompson rotates into the game in place of free safety Lee Hightower or strong safety Jeremy Ioane. He also plays special teams.

Boise State football posts strong Graduation Success Rate

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The NCAA released its annual Graduation Success Rates on Thursday.

The Boise State football program is at 81 percent, for players who enrolled from 2002 to 2005. The Football Bowl Subdivision average is 70.

Boise State’s rate has been on a steady climb in recent years — from 55 to 58 to 65 to 74 to 81. The football program also has excelled in the Academic Progress Rate under coach Chris Petersen.

Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor builds MW Defensive Player of the Year resume

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior cornerback Jamar Taylor has built a case for the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year award. He’s second on the team with 39 tackles, tied for first with three forced fumbles, tied for first with two interceptions, first with four pass breakups and tied for third with two sacks.

He’s done all that as one of the leaders of the league’s best defense.

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Sophomore Tyler Horn the latest young Boise State defensive end to emerge; Big East's place in new bowl system in doubt

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State sophomore defensive end Tyler Horn of Mountain View High has come on strong in recent weeks.

He started for the first time last week with Demarcus Lawrence suspended. Horn made a sack, his second this year, and was part of a defensive line that pressured UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry all day.

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Boise State linebacker J.C. Percy named quarterfinalist for Lott IMPACT Trophy

By Chadd Cripe
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© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior linebacker J.C. Percy is one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which goes to the defensive player who makes the biggest difference for his team on and off the field.

IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Percy leads the Broncos with 60 tackles — 21 more than anyone else. The Broncos rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense.

Percy was a conference all-academic selection each of the past three seasons.

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