Saturday, August 20, 2011

Where Are They Now? David Tingstad

David Tingstad is another example of the fine young men that Boise State football coach Skip Hall brought to Boise.  Let's review Tingstad's time at Boise State and catch up on what David has been doing since graduating from Boise State.

Tingstad broke in with the team as a freshman in 1989, carrying 8 times for 25 yards and scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a reception, one of 5 catches he had for 54 yards that season.  In 1990, David played a large role on the Bronco team that reached the Division I-AA Semi-Finals, serving as a devastating blocker for tailback Chris Thomas while also rushing for 210 yards on 73 carries and a touchdown.  Tingstad also caught 18 passes for 118 yards.

In 1991, David was the second-leading rusher (85 carries for 306 yards and a touchdown) and also caught 32 passes for 215 yards and 5 scores.  As a senior, he led the Broncos with 303 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 81 carries, caught 20 passes for 150 yards and scored two two-point conversions.

In 2011, Tingstad stands as the 27th-leading career rusher (844 yards) in school history and ranks fourth among fullbacks, behind #1 David Hughes (1,826), Abe Brown (1,189) and Ken Johnson (1,074).

David graduated magna cum laude from Boise State in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  From there, he went to the Seattle University School of Law and graduated cum laude in his class. 

David joined Beresford Booth PLCC Law Firm in 1995 and was admitted to the practice of law for the Western District of Washington in the U.S. District Court the following year.  Tingstad has extensive experience in the areas of business and real estate transactions, limited liability companies, corporations, real property and estate planning. Dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs and business owners, David provides significant value-added services on a practical, as well as strictly legal basis. Known as a deal-maker, rather than a deal-breaker, what separates David from many other business lawyers is his ability to 1) organize diverse client objectives into a strategic plan, and 2) get things done.

Tingstad specializes in Business, Real Estate and Estate Planning and belongs to the American Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association.  As a member of the Washington State Bar Partnership Law Committee, David is currently working to revise Washington's Limited Liability Company Statute.  He is also a member of the Committee on LL's, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities.  Tingstad has published the following articles:  "Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in Washington" (2001, 2003 and 2007), "The Probate Process from Start to Finish in Washington" (2000) and "2010 Legislation and Other Recent Developments: Essentials, Overview, and Strategic Insights".

David regularly speaks to groups of attorneys, professional organizations and business and community associations.   

And as you might expect a Skip Hall-coached Bronco to do, Tingstad gives back to his community.  He is a Sunday School teacher and coaches youth football, basketball and baseball.

Boise State Receives Prestigious Grant from W.M. Keck Foundation

Boise State president Bob Kustra announced at his annual State of the University Address that the school has received a grant from the prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation.

The $1 million, three-year grant will support development of a system that could provide early-stage diagnosis through a simple blood test and lead to treatment of hundreds of diseases ranging from cardiovascular to neurological. 

Will Hughes, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Boise State, will be the principal investigator in the research project.  Hughes will lead a team of professors in chemistry, biology and engineering at Boise State as well as colloborators at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor and Medical Research Institute in Boise, the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
“Boise State seeks to conduct biomedical research that pushes the boundaries of discovery with new technologies that could save lives,” Kustra said. “This highly-competitive Keck Foundation grant is a testament to the innovative thinking of our faculty and their pioneering work that could have a profound global impact.”

The Keck Foundation is known for funding high-risk, high-return projects in science, engineering and medical research.  Other recent recipients of Keck grants include Arizona State University, UCLA, Boston College, University of Texas, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University.

“Our vision is to fundamentally change early-stage disease diagnosis and treatment on a global scale,” Hughes said. “By using engineered biochemical tools, disease-specific markers could be identified through a portable DNA-based device that is analogous to a disposable pregnancy test. We believe the system could potentially become the gold standard in diagnosing diseases, especially where medical equipment and resources are scarce.”

Hughes, who is an expert in nanoscience and medical applications of DNA nanotechnology, joined Boise State in 2008 and the MSTMRI in 2010.  Previously, he was an assistant professor of materials engineering at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education post-doctoral fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C.  Hughes earned his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The Boise State research team also features Bernard Yurke, co-principal investigator and research professor of materials science and engineering, who is an internationally-recognized leader in quantum optics and DNA nanotechnology; Cheryl Jorcyk, co-principal investigator and professor of biological sciences, who is a leader in oncology and molecular mechanisms of tumor progressions; Jeunghoon Lee, assistant professor of chemistry, who is an expert in nanomaterial synthesis; and Elton Graugnard, assistant research professor of materials science and engineering, who is both an expert in nanotechnology and the lead experimentalist on the project.

“Our team is passionate about the potential for this research,” said Amy Moll, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “The effort is unique in how it integrates the biological sciences with physics, chemistry, materials science and computer science. The support of the Keck Foundation provides a catalyst that will result in tangible benefits to our emerging research community.”

The primary research focus initially will be the detection of lung cancer, analyzing a series of engineered reactions between synthetic DNA components and cancer-specific micro-RNA's, which are small nucleic acids that perform as gene regulators.  The detection of micro-RNAs of diagnostic significance could fundamentally change the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Based in Los Angeles, the W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, and is one of the nation’s leading private sponsors of cutting-edge scientific research.  The foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of science, engineering and medical research, in addition to undergraduate education and community service projects in Southern California.

2011 Boise State Preview: Bronco Receivers

The Boise State wide receivers have some huge shoes to fill.  Gone are the top two receivers in school history, Austin Pettis and Titus Young. 

 It doesn't help that the unit only has one senior (Tyler Shoemaker) and two juniors with only limited playing experience (Chris Potter and Mitch Burroughs).  Indications are, however, that the receivers are progressing just fine, thank-you, and that makes it tougher for opening-game opponent Georgia to prepare its defense.  That fits with Boise State's recent history.  Several times in the last ten years, entire groups of receivers have left, only to find that the next group is more talented than their successors.

Still, I suspect that Georgia will concentrate on stopping the running game and make the receivers prove they can cause damage.  Besides, Georgia's corners are athletic enough that they should be able to contain the wide receivers.  The Bulldogs probably have more to worry about with the tight ends.  Kyle Efaw (6-4,242) is as fine a tight end as you'll see in the country and reports are that sophomore Gabe Linehan (6-3,232) is turning heads.  Chandler Koch (6-2,250) is another target for quarterback Kellen Moore.  If those guys break free over the middle, that limits the ability of the safeties to come up and stop the run.  In any case, it certainly gives Georgia plenty to think about.  Freshmen Kyle Sosnowski (6-1, 288)  is coming off a redshirt season and Jake Hardee (6-3,236) is a walk-on from Boise's Bishop Kelly High School.

 But back to the wide receivers because that is one of the question marks heading into the season.  Who will step up to get playing time for Boise State?  There have been five in particular.  Sophomore Geraldo Boldewijn (6-4, 200) is still learning American football but as he does, and as the Bronco coaches mold him, he's going to get better and better.  He was already making great catches in the Spring game and he has made considerable progress since then.  Kirby Moore set national records in high school and so far has yet to transfer that success to the college level.  But Moore has stepped up as he has learned the offense and is running crisper routes.  Bronco fans have been waiting for Aaron Burks to blossom and it appears that is finally the case.  He worked hard in the summer and is ready to hit the field.

Two freshmen in particular, Dallas Burroughs (5-9,170) and Matt Miller (6-3,215) have really impressed this fall.  Coach Chris Petersen doesn't usually play true freshmen, although he played Young and Pettis when they were freshmen.  Miller gives Boise State great size and was highly recruited out of high school.  Burroughs is even faster than brother Mitch (5-9, 181) as Dallas broke the 25-year-old state record in the 100.  His time of 10.34 ranked as the fastest in the nation last year if you discount wind-aided times.  With Miller's size and hands and Burroughs' speed, is it really possible that in one year Boise State could replace Young and Pettis with guys that could turn out to be as good?  Again, that's Boise State's history so I wouldn't bet against them. 

Shoemaker, Mitch Burroughs and Potter give the Broncos the experience.  Redshirt freshman Troy Ware (6-1,181) is another receiver the Broncos have high hopes for but given the talent ahead of him, it will be tough for Ware to break through for anything more than spot duty.  Junior Tyler Jackson (6-0, 193) and freshman Cory Brehm (6-0, 185) give Boise State depth. 

It is difficult to gauge how the Bronco receivers will do this season.  On the one hand, they don't bring a lot of experience into the season.  But they do have talent and loads of potential.  And it certainly doesn't hurt to have the defending passing efficiency leader in the nation returning to throw to you. 

The Battle for the Simulation Football League Championship: 2009 Boise State vs. 2010 Boise State

Ahh, the pre-game pageantry, the endless babble coming from the national announcers, first we see the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band representing the 2009 Boise State team with their excellent performance, then after that, the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band takes the field to drum up support for the 2010 Boise State team.  Then we see the respective coaches, Chris Petersen and Chris Petersen, shake hands and exchange pre-game pleasantries.  

After twelve grueling weeks of the regular season and impressive wins last weekend by these two teams, we're ready for the game...The 2009 Broncos won the toss and deferred.  They will kick off.

It didn't take long for the game's first score.  The 2010 Broncos marched 53 yards in seven plays on the game's opening drive with Doug Martin picking up 28 yards.  Kyle Brotzman came on to kick a 45-yard field goal, right through the uprights and the Las Vegas Bowl Broncos led 3-0.

Jeremy Avery got a nice return on the kickoff to give his team good field position on the 38.  Quarterback Kellen Moore led the Fiesta Bowl champs on a nine-play drive with Avery scampering in from 11 yards out.  After an exchange of punts, Moore connected with tight end Kyle Efaw from 13 yards out and the 2010 Boise State team led 10-7.  Kyle Brotzman's 48-yard field goal equaled his counterpart and also tied the game with eight seconds left in the first quarter.

The 2010 team sputtered a bit on its next drive, with Moore being sacked by Billy Winn, George Iloka and Garcia Day on three separate plays.  Still, a 31-yard field goal by Brotzman gave them points and the Broncos led the 2009 team 13-10.  The 2009 Brotzman missed a 49-yard attempt, providing an early opportunity.  Doug Martin rumbled through the middle for 33 yards and two plays later, Moore hit Titus Young for a 19-yard score.  Brotzman missed the extra point but the 2010 team still led 19-10.  

As they had done with Virginia Tech and Nevada in the season, the 2010 team did not bring down the hammer, and the 2009 Broncos scored 23 unanswered points to take a commanding 33-19 lead.  Avery scored his second touchdown of the game, Kellen Moore hit brother Kirby Moore and Brotzman nailed three consecutive field goals.

  Potter scores key fourth-quarter touchdown for the 2009 team

Facing a 14-point deficit to begin the fourth, the 2010 Broncos came back.  Moore found Young for plays of 24 and 22 yards and Austin Pettis for a 23-yard gain.  Brotzman finished the drive with his third field goal of the game, this time from 41 yards out, as the 2010 team pulled within 11.  Then, the defense held on and Moore connected with Efaw for 19 and Pettis for 21, setting up a first-and-10 at the 2009 Boise State 25-yard line.  Moore went back to pass, and spotted Chris Potter at the five.  Potter hauled it in and scored as Pettis made an excellent block to clear the way.  The 2010 Broncos closed to 33-30 as Martin ran it it for a two-point conversion.

Once again, the defense held and this time, it only took three plays as Moore hit a streaking Tyler Shoemaker for a 54-yard bomb that put the 2010 Boise State team ahead 37-33 with just 2:52 left.

Avery ignited the 2009 Broncos with a 38-yard kickoff return to the 46.  Avery ran for six and D.J. Harper gained 15 yards on the next two plays to give his team the ball on the 37 with 1:43 remaining.  The drama could be felt by both teams and nervous fans in the stands.  After a time out, Moore calmly set up and sent a bullet to Young who ran out of bounds on the 17.  Martin was the recipient of the next pass from Moore but could not get out of bounds.  With 1:10 left, Martin took a handoff and was tackled by end Ryan Winterswyck just short of a first down.  The clock continued to wind down.

Harper gained the necessary yardage on a play off left tackle and ran out of bounds to stop the clock.  The 2010 Broncos had a first-and-goal with 51 seconds left.  Moore backed up, saw nothing downfield and had to dump a pass to Avery, who was tackled immediately by Billy Winn.  2009 Coach Petersen elected to burn a second timeout to talk to his young field general.  An excellent play by Iloka saved a touchdown as he batted down a Moore pass intended for Young.  

Now the 2009 team had a third-and-goal with 41 seconds remaining.  This time, Moore went to a familiar target, and his floating pass in the end zone was just out of reach of cornerback Jamar Taylor and into the waiting arms of brother Kirby, who snared the ball!  Brotzman kicked the extra point and the 2009 team led 40-37.  

2010 quarterback Moore did all he could but with only 29 seconds to work with, could only get the ball to his own 37 as time expired.

Avery led the winners with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  Young caught 6 passes for 108 yards and a score while Pettis grabbed 5 for 91.  Moore finished the game 28-43 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

For the 2010 team, Martin had 97 yards rushing on 18 carries while Moore was 27-40 for 412 yards and four scores but one interceptions.  Titus Young had seven catches for 58 yards, Pettis had 5 receptions for 42 and Tyler Shoemaker had four catches for 63.

The 2009 Boise State celebrated their amazing Simulation Football League season.  They finished 13-1 and were crowned SFL Champion by Blue Through and Through owner Rocketman as well as officials from WhatIfSports, who provided the simulation software.