It was a gorgeous night at the Albertsons' Stadium as the Broncos geared up for their annual spring game. A lot on the line, the winning team would get a nice, juicy steak, and the losers go home with, what else, foiled hot dogs.
Before the spring game kicked off the Boise State Broncos honored the Godfather of Boise State Football. Lyle Smith who turned 100 last month, was given a custom made letterman’s jacket and a signed football last night to mark the occasion. The team also honored the coach by playing a tribute video of a signature Bronco Play that Coach Smith ran in the Little Rose Bowl. The frosting on the cake was the first play of the spring game. The team honored the coach with a touchdown by Jeremy McNichols, a perfect replica of that Rose Bowl score. After the play, Coach Harsin and the team visited with the legendary coach.
From there Brett Rypien threw the majority of the passes as it appears it could be his job for the upcoming season. He threw for 234 yards with two touchdowns but did have two picks.
Cory Young along with Devan Demas found the end zone on the ground while Sean Modster found two touchdowns through the air. The offense won the game 49-46. All in all Coach Harsin was impressed with the body of work that both squads demonstrated through spring workouts.
"Overall I'm happy with the progress we've made so far this spring, I talked to those guys about how much more we really have to achieve when we go out there and play and fortunately enough we have time to go figure that out throughout summer and as we get into fall camp. I think the guy's attitude and mentality about what we want to get done and how we want to go prepare, those are showing up tonight." Said Head Coach Bryan Harsin.
"We want to be better than we were last year and I think that's the biggest goal and you know if we just continue to keep working hard and being consistent and detailed with our work we've got a chance to do some good things." Said quarterback Brett Rypien.
"I think we handled the run well, I think there's some plays that we need to go back and look on but that’s usually how it is and I think we just need to continue to keep working hard." Said Defensive End Austin Silsby.