Week 1 Of Camp In The Books

Aug. 7, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Monday morning marks the start of Boise State's second week of Fall Camp in preparation for the 2017 campaign.

The Broncos open up the season Saturday, Sept. 2, against Troy at Albertsons Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:45 p.m., making the contest Boise State's first home afternoon start since Sept. 7, 2013 against UT Martin.

The opening week of camp started Monday as the Broncos reported to campus, with the incoming freshmen getting moved into the dorms in the morning. From there, newcomers and veterans alike went through a day of being issued gear, meetings, playbooks, headshots and video-board intros. The day concluded with the annual all-team meeting in the evening.

Practices began Tuesday, and through Thursday the Broncos split into two groups: veterans practicing in the morning and newcomers with selected returners going in the afternoon. The team came together for the first time Friday, followed by a second full-team practice Saturday before Sunday's day off.

The Broncos also gathered together Thursday to attend the Celebration of Life for "The Father Of Bronco Football," former head coach and athletic director Lyle Smith.

Smith, a football, baseball, and basketball coach, and athletic director at Boise State, came to Boise Junior College in 1946 as basketball coach and assistant football coach. In 1947, he became head coach of the BJC football program and didn't lose a game until his fourth season. His 1958 team won the National Junior College championship. Smith retired from coaching after the 1967 season. In his 20 years as the head football coach at BJC; he compiled a 156-25-6 record, an 83 percent winning percentage. Smith continued to lead Boise State's athletic program as athletic director until his retirement after the 1980-81 academic year. Smith guided Boise State's transition from a junior college power to a highly successful NCAA Division I athletic program.

Mark Your Calendars
Boise State announced some preseason dates to remember last Thursday.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS - Single-game tickets for the 2017 season go on sale next week. Game tickets for Boise State Season Ticket Holders go on sale Monday (Aug. 14) at 9 a.m. MT, while ducats for the general public will go on sale Friday (Aug. 18) at 9 a.m. MT.

BAA KICKOFF DINNER - The BAA Kickoff Dinner will be held Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom, located in the SUB on the campus of Boise State University. For the first time, the event is open to the general public. Tickets are $5 for members of the BAA and $10 for non-members, and free parking for the event is available in the Lincoln Garage.

Registration for the event can be found here.

BRONCO FOOTBALL LUNCHEON - The BAA will also host a Bronco Football Luncheon featuring Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin Monday, Aug. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center. Tickets are $17, and free parking is available in the West Stadium Lot.

Registration for the event can be found here.

Broncos In The News
With interviews and media availability resuming with the start of camp, there are plenty of chances to keep up with the Broncos as they prepare for the opener against Troy.

  • Head coach Bryan Harsin held his camp-opening press conference Monday afternoon. The replay of the presser can be watched here.

  • The Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn profiled some of Boise State's players of Polynesian descent and their bond in Boise.

  • Former Boise State defensive back Brandyn Thompson was featured in a Q&A by his CFL team, the Edmonton Eskimos.

  • Former Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore, who missed the 2016 NFL season due to injury, saw his first on-field action in 19 months last Thursday as he threw for 182 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' 20-18 Hall of Fame Game win over Arizona.

    The contest, which annually opens up the four-week slate of NFL preseason games, was the first chance Bronco fans got to see in action one of the 23 Boise State alumni currently in training camp with an NFL team. The full list of players cane be viewed here.

  • Jeron Johnson, a Bronco defensive back from 2007-09 and six-year NFL veteran with two teams (Seattle - 2011-14, 2016; Washington - 2015), was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.

  • Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News writes about former Bronco cornerback Donte Deayon continuing to establish himself and stand out among the secondary at Giants camp.
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