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Bronco Spring Ball Battles: Defensive Backs

Early in last season’s home opener against Washington State, then sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton picked off a pass and took it to the house for the first points of the game, a touchdown that propelled the Broncos to a close victory over the mighty Cougars of the PAC-12.

Boise State CB Tyler Horton is the embodiment of success while living on the island, all by himself in the defensive secondary.

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He will be relied on to lead the Boise State defensive backs into action this fall, an area in which BSU has had massive amounts of success in the past 10 years.

Horton, a junior from Fresno, Calif., will be the first to explain how the Broncos need to up their forced turnover numbers for the team to have success. They recorded just nine total turnovers in 2016, seven of which were interceptions.

To improve that statistic, Horton is joined at the cornerback position by redshirt junior Michael Young (Kansas City, Mo.), sophomores Reid Harrison-Ducros (Colleyville, Texas) and DeAndre Pierce (Long Beach, Calif.), redshirt freshmen Robert Lewis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Avery Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) and true freshmen Marques Evans (Pasadena, Calif.) and, CampusInsiders.com's pick for best Mountain West newcomerJermani Brown, (Midlothian, VA).

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Harrison-Ducros and Pierce played some as freshmen and have an obvious leg up to get on the field this fall in a larger capacity.

Of the newcomers Brown, a four-star recruit, has a legitimate chance to play as a true freshman when he joins the team this fall.

At the safety position, Boise State has redshirt senior Cameron Hartsfield (Allen, Texas), redshirt junior Skyler Seibold (Temecula, Calif.), redshirt sophomores Damion Wright (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Evan Tyler (Corona, Calif.), sophomore Kekoa Nawahine (Meridian, Idaho) and redshirt freshmen Jordan Happle (Portland, Ore.), Ma'a Tanuvasa (Mililani, Haw.) and Jalen Walker (Lawndale, Calif.).

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Happle has turned heads since his arrival on campus last year and should get on the field. Tyler is coming off an ACL tear, and could return to his starting role once he is healthy. But it's local boy Kekoa Nawahine who we are hearing is improving, and gets BroncoCountry’s bet to begin as one of the starters when the season gets rolling.

Boise State is bringing in a pair of safeties as part of the 2017 recruiting class with Tyreque Jones (San Bernardino, Calif.) and Kekaula Kaniho (Kahuku, Haw.), both of whom are extremely talented and can play as true freshmen if the need arises.

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This group of defensive backs is hungry for turnovers and getting them has become a matter of pride this offseason.


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