Sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier will make his return to the starting lineup tonight in Boise State’s home game against Mountain West foe Colorado State (6:05 p.m., FS1).
Bachmeier has missed the past two games for undisclosed reasons. He’s back, but the Broncos will be without several other impact players, including quarterback Jack Sears, who started the past two games but left last week’s loss to BYU with a potential head injury.
In all, 14 Boise State players were ruled out of tonight’s game because of COVID-19 protocols, the university announced before kickoff: nine because of positive tests and five for contact tracing.
Boise State did not identify the players who are missing because of the protocols.
Starting nose tackle Scale Igiehon is listed as out. He’s been limited the past two games by an ankle injury suffered in the season opener.
Punter Joel Velazquez, linebacker Brock Miller, cornerback Tyric LeBeauf and wide receivers Octavius Evans and Shea Whiting are out for the second week in a row for undisclosed reasons.
New additions to this week’s list of inactive players include defensive tackles Jackson Cravens, Keeghan Freeborn and Herbert Gums, leaving the Broncos pretty thin on the interior of the defensive line.
Scott Matlock, junior college transfer Divine Obichere and redshirt freshman Michael Callaghan will rotate in.
Quarterback Chase Cord was also listed as officially out for the first time this season. He was limited in fall camp while still recovering from injuries suffered last season and offseason ankle surgery. He has not played this season.
More new additions to tonight’s list of inactive players: cornerback Rodney Robinson, offensive lineman Dallas Holliday, safety Evan Tyler and linebacker Brandon Hawkins.
Only 74 players can dress for games this season, according to the Mountain West, and Boise State listed 35 as inactive.
Boise State is trying to bounce back from last weekend’s loss to rival BYU.