Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Boise State LOI Day Show Sold Out

Due to limits on the room capacity, tickets to Boise State's National Letter of Intent Show are SOLD OUT and there will be no day of event ticket sales to this year's show.

Head Bronco Coach Chris Petersen will discuss this year's recruiting class with the Boise State's play-by-play voice of the Broncos Bob Behler. Assistant coaches will also talk about the recruiting class, along with live phone interviews with several of the new signees, plus fans can see exclusive video highlights of the recruits that they can't see anywhere else.

Bronco Gymnasts May Need to Look in Rear View Mirror

In all the hype about Boise State trying to get to the NCAA National Gymnastics Championships, there's a development that they certainly should be aware of. Don't look now, but WAC member San Jose State is right behind the Broncos. Not only will the Bronco gals need to improve rapidly if they are to reach the top two in the West, but they are likely to get a good challenge from their own conference.

In fact, San Jose State is closer to Boise State (195-194.7) than the Broncos are to #4 Washington, which has a high score of 195.475.

Boise State must beat every Western team but one to reach Nationals. The top two from each Regional qualify for the 12-team finals. Right now, Stanford is out in front with a high of 196.825, UCLA has a 196.675 and Oregon State 196.625. Using the averages so far this year, Boise State is a full point per meet behind #2 Oregon State (195.595 to 194.658 for the Broncos).

But with the Spartan women breathing down their necks, best now to just think about winning the WAC.

Boise State Blanks #30 Wisconsin

Boise State's tennis team came back from a disappointing loss to Kentucky to score a 4-0 win over #30 Wisconsin at the ITA Tennis Championships. The fact that the Broncos could bounce back to quickly from the thumping at the hands of Kentucky Saturday is a testament not only to the Boise State players but to one Coach Greg Patton

"[Today] was a test," Boise State head coach Greg Patton said Sunday. "We had a knife up against our throat and we were able to wiggle away from it."

Boise State won the doubles point and coasted to the surprisingly easy win.

The Broncos take on two more nationally-ranked opponents this week. Coach Patton's team challenges #25 Virginia Tech Saturday before meeting #33 Minnesota Sunday.

#42 Boise State 4, #30 Wisconsin 0


1. No. 62 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Marek Michalicka (Wisc.) 6-4, 7-6 (5)

2. No. 85 Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Billy Bertha (Wisc.) 6-3, 6-3

3. Scott Sears (BSU) vs. Petr Satral (Wisc.) 7-5, 4-6, 5-5 DNF

4. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Alex Robles (Wisc.) 6-3, 7-5

5. Rod Carey (Wisc.) led Andrew Bettles (BSU) 6-3, DNF

6. Nathan Sereke (BSU) led Alexander Teppert (Wisc.) 6-0, 2-0 DNF


1. Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha (Wisc.) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-3

2. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Rod Carey/Ricardo Martin (Wisc.) 8-4

3. Andrew Bettles/Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Petr Satral/Alexander Teppert (Wisc.) 8-3

Order of Finish:

Singles - 2, 4, 1*

Doubles - 1, 2, 3*

Boise State Wrestlers Now #2 in Intermat Rankings

The Boise State wrestlers are now #2. When you have four individuals as good as Kirk Smith, Andrew Hochstrasser, Adam Hall and Jason Chamberlain (all undefeated), you can either do really, really well at Nationals or slip up badly. The reason is because Boise State's projected points from those four are so high that a loss by two of them (and especially two losses by one) is going to leave the team far short.

While those four appear to be headed for All-America status, I've been saying the success of the team is going to rely on the rest of the team. Four wrestlers does not a team make, and if Boise State is to have a really good chance at the top five, they need contributions from the other six in the starting lineup. Matt Casperson has been wrestling well and it's that kind of effort that is needed in Philadelphia. Casperson knocked off two ranked wrestlers last week. So the key is getting the other six Boise State wrestlers involved. One of those six needs to make some major noise at Nationals. I don't feel Boise State can reach the top five otherwise.

(Click on the story title to see this week's rankings.)

Boise State's Daryn Colledge vs. BYU's Brett Keisel in Super Bowl XLV

Aw, this should be fun.

Former Boise State star offensive lineman Daryn Colledge gets to the Super Bowl this Sunday after five years in the NFL. Colledge started every game of his Boise State career (52 straight games) and he has started nearly every game of his professional career.

This Sunday, Colledge will line up at left guard. Opposite him will be former BYU player Brett Keisel. While the two never played against each other (Keisel is in his ninth NFL season), their alma mater's have a history. Colledge helped the Broncos pulverize BYU 50-12 in 2003 in Provo and then defeat them 28-27 in Bronco Stadium.

Boise State was set to join BYU in the Mountain West Conference next season but the Cougars left the conference right after the announcement was made that the Broncos were invited. BYU is scheduled to appear in Bronco Stadium again in 2012 and Boise State will travel to Provo in 2013.

Keisel (6-5, 285) has similar size to Colledge so there's no advantage there. Keisel has played his entire career in Pittsburgh and has 167 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 24 pass deflections, an interception and four forced fumbles in his career. This season, Keisel has been a force with 33 tackles, three sacks, seven pass deflections, an interception that he took 79 yards for a touchdown and two forced fumbles.

I took note of the seven pass deflections. That is something Colledge will have to be wary of. For Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers to hit his receivers downfield, Daryn will have to keep Keisel from getting elevated and getting those mitts up in the air. Keisel, nicknamed "Diesel", is, like Colledge, a great athlete. In a 2009 game against Minnesota, the Vikings called a screen pass to Chester Taylor. Keisel immediately diagnosed the play. He moved down the line, creating a traffic jam around Taylor. Favre threw it anyway. Just as the ball gets there, Keisel hits Taylor and the ball sails through Taylor's fingers into the arms of Pittsburgh's Keyaron Fox, who finds the end zone.

The second thing I want to note is Keisel's pass rush. Later in that 2009 Minnesota game, Keisel beat one of the top offensive linemen in football, Steve Hutchinson, to knock the ball loose from Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre and set up the Steelers' defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter.

So Daryn will have his hands full, and it will be a matchup to watch on several levels.

Felix Paces Boise State at Bronco Invitational

Boise State junior Kurt Felix shattered his own school record in the heptathlon to lead the Broncos at their Invitational at Jackson’s Track over the weekend. Felix broke his mark of 5,348 points by 321 points in winning the event. Kurt missed automatic NCAA qualifying by six points.

Felix led after the first day with 3,358 points after winning the long jump with a career-best 24-5.75, taking the high jump (6-11) and winning the shot put (44-3.25). He came back Saturday to win the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best of 8.38.

Jeff Daw was named Western Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week following his third-straight win in the 400 (48.51). Sophomore Rolando Trammel captured second with a time of 48.53 and also won the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best of 8.34. Newcomer Justin Maines followed Trammel to the finish line in the hurdles with a time of 8:30. Brian Pierre won the 3,000 meters in 8:38.81 and teammate Drew O’donoghue-McDonald was second (8:39.81).

Trevor Kraychir and Alex Nelson also recorded career-bests of 65-9 and 61-2.25, respectively in the weight throw to take second and third. Chase Sexton was runner-up in the shot put with his throw of 54-10.25. Dusty Klein (1:54.84) and Austin Edwards (1:55.19) went 2-3 in the 800. Joshua Butler was third in the high jump (6-4.25)

Veteran Mele Vaisima continues to pace the Bronco women, as she won her fourth straight weight throw with a season best of 61-feet, 10.50 inches and also finished second in the shot put with a career best of 45-2.25. Nadine Russell and Alyssa Osai helped the Broncos complete a sweep in the event with marks of 55-1 and 52-2.75, respectively. Promising Racquel Jones paced the long jumpers with a mark of 18-5.75. Alexi Morton set two career bests and finished second in the pentathlon with 3,412 points. Morton ran 8.92 in the 60-meter hurdles and recorded a 34-0.75 shot put.

The Broncos host two more meets prior to the WAC Championships. Boise State hits the track this Saturday at 9 a.m. (Mountain) for the Bronco Open.