When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 5:00pm MST (gates at 4:00pm MST)
Where: Albertson’s Stadium
Tickets: $10 per ticket and can be purchased at the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office on the day of the game, or in advance at www.broncosports.com/tickets. By bringing a non-perishable food item to the Idaho Food Bank, fans can receive a discounted ticket.
Parking: The Broadway bridge remains under construction, and fans are advised to avoid the area between Bronco Stadium and Dona Larsen Park. Fans can park for free in the Albertson’s Stadium East Lot and the Lincoln Garage (across from the Student Union Building). Fans are being asked to arrive early due to the Broadway bridge traffic concerns.
Miscellaneous: the “Bronco Walk” will begin at 3:00pm MST and circle around the stadium from the Caven-Williams practice facility. There will also be a pre-game tribute to the legendary Boise State coach, Lyle Smith, who recently turned 100 years old. @n quarterback competition after season’s end. With the transfer of , it was imperative for the Broncos to retain as much quarterback experience as possible. And although Mountain West Freshman of the Year seems like a starting lock to many, possesses an intriguing skillset and in-game experience. Although a lot can change through summer camps, the quarterback who comes out with the starters should be a pretty strong indication of who the game one general will be.
What to watch for:
Quarterbacks - there are a lot of question marks going into the 2016 for the Broncos. Coach Bryan Harsin alluded to that when he announced an open quarterback competition after season’s end. With the transfer of Alex Ogle, it was imperative for the Broncos to retain as much quarterback experience as possible. And although Mountain West Freshman of the Year Brett Rypien seems like a starting lock to many, Ryan Finley possesses an intriguing skillset and in-game experience. Although a lot can change through summer camps, the quarterback who comes out with the starters should be a pretty strong indication of who the game one general will be.
Offense – with the departure of yet another offensive coordinator, Boise State is once again in somewhat of a “rebuilding” phase. There have been some key losses on both sides of the ball, but another new voice in the headset can often be as difficult as losing key players. What will this new offense look like, where Bryan Harsin is co-coordinating? Will Zach Hill bring a more fast-paced, Eastern Washington type of spread to the Blue? Tune in Saturday to find out.
Defensive Line – it’s no secret that the Boise State defensive line is going to be thin in 2016. With the premature departure of Kamalei Correa, and the graduation of others, the Broncos will need a lot of extra effort on the line this season. The good news is that Gabe Perez is returning from injury, and appears to be in prime quarterback-mauling physique, and Jabril Frazier has reportedly put on 35lbs in the off-season. Look for rotations and how new defensive coordination Andy Avalos will be putting his signature stamp of toughness on these guys going forward.
It seems that expectations for the Broncos are high as ever, and even with turnover at the coaching positions and with players, fans are still expecting a powerful showing this season. The Spring Game will be a good indicator of how some players are coming along, and how the offense is developing, but don’t look for it to be completely indicative of where the program is at. There will be several players that are held from play, and Harsin will most assuredly not completely unveil the playbook. The weather should be in the high 70’s, and it will be a perfect spring day to watch some Bronco football.
Watch for our Spring Game recap coming next week.