GRIDIRON 8

The Scoop on the Broncos 
and Vandals

BLEED BLUE: Boise State University

Success and Honor Make Her Great

Broncos football is predicted to triumph on the gridiron this season. On a trajectory to play in the Mountain West Conference Championship game, the Broncos hope to take the conference title. Broncos fans will want to keep an eye on 2017 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team honorees Mason Hampton, Tyler Horton and David Moa.  These three gentlemen embody the “Bleed Blue” spirit of BSU’s program. Their leadership and skill will hopefully take the Broncos all the way.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

2017 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team Honorees

#59 Mason Hampton, center, redshirt senior from Meridian, Idaho
Academic All-American
6’3″ 295

#14 Tyler Horton, cornerback, junior from Fresno, California
5’11” 188

#55 David Moa, nose tackle, redshirt junior from San Diego,
6’3″ 271

THREE NUMBERS

3,646—Yards thrown by quarterback Brett Rypien last season—12th in the country and the most of any underclassman in the nation. Rypien is a two-time defender of the All-League Quarterback title.

1,129—# of receiving yards by wide receiver Cedrick Wilson last year, making him one of only two returning players in the conference with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

8.5—David Moa’s sacks, the most by a returning player in the Mountain West Conference going into the 2017 season.

GAMES NOT TO MISS:

October 21: BSU vs. Wyoming—The Cowboys will seek revenge for the 30-28 loss in 2016.

November 4: BSU vs. Nevada—Long-time rivals, the Broncos haven’t faced off with the Wolf Pack in two years.

November 18: BSU vs. Air Force—The Broncos will execute this grudge match to settle the score with Air Force after a defeat last season.

RAISE THE BAR: University of Idaho Vandals

Came a Tribe From the North

The Vandals slogan for 2017 reflects the coaches’ and the team’s commitment to excellence. “Raise the Bar” is not about the final result, so much as striving to improve every single day. With 14 seniors on the roster returning from a great season last year, Vandals football has a very solid program this fall. Perhaps most exciting for Vandals fans is their powerhouse linebacker corps: juniors Tony Lashley, Kaden Elliss and Ed Hall are a force to be reckoned with, prompting head coach Paul Petrino to state that the Vandals have the best group of linebackers in the conference. With a team goal to be better, Vandals football is something not to miss.

THREE NUMBERS

9—Wins in the 2016 season

78–The number of completions quarterback Matt Linehan needed at the start of the season to break the record.

61—The points scored by Vandals in the Idaho Potato Bowl last year, the highest bowl game point total of any team in the country.

GAMES NOT TO MISS

October 14: Vandals vs. Appalachian State—Also of note, the CNR Centennial Celebration, Vandals women’s soccer and women’s volleyball are all also happening on this weekend, so fans definitely don’t want to miss this weekend.

November 18: Vandals vs. Coastal Carolina—Senior Day