March 15, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Senior nickel Corey Bell highlighted Friday's spring football Players of the Day, as the Boise native earned both the Defensive Player of the Day and Ballhawk honors.
"This first week Corey has been flying around making plays," said defensive coordinator Marcel Yates. "He's been putting quality time in, both on the field and off. It paid off on Friday as Corey grabbed an interception and was a thorn in the side of the offense."
The Offensive Player of the Day went to senior running back Derrick Thomas, and senior kicker Dan Goodale, another Boise native, was named Special Teams Player of the Day.
The Playmaker honor was a mystery offensive juggernaut that coaches jokingly called "Matt Hedrick," better known as the senior duo of quarterback Grant Hedrick and wide receiver Matt Miller. They combined on a picture-perfect 50-yard scoring play during the team portion of practice.
"We made it a point of emphasis to throw the ball down field today in practice," said offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. "In a critical situation Grant threw a perfect ball and Matt made an unbelievable catch against good defense for an explosive touchdown."
The Position Group of the Day went to the Bronco linebackers. The unit is coached by former Boise State linebacker Andy Avalos, and features three key players - Blake Renaud, Tyler Gray and Tanner Vallejo - from last year's rotation leading the group this spring.
Boise State will practice 15 times during the spring season, including numbers four, five and six this coming week. Spring practices wrap up on April 12 with the annual Blue-Orange Spring Game at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Athletic Ticket Office or at the Bronco Stadium gates on the day of the game.