Boise State’s Running Back Jeremy McNichols was the difference maker for the team last season. “The Weapon” found the back of the end zone 20 times on the ground. This season, Boise State will look for McNichols again, but will also look for some other weapons to find pay dirt.
McNichols enters camp with two preseason watch list honors with the Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award Watch list. However, he was not listed on any Mountain West Conference preseason All-Mountain West team lists. McNichols say’s he couldn’t care less, as long as his efforts on the field help put wins on the board.
"I got a chip on my shoulder, regardless I gotta be more technically sound. I got to be a smarter player, I know what they're going to throw at me before it comes so then we can just adjust and I can go in the game prepared,” said McNichols.
Another player looking to make an impact this fall will be tight end Jake Roh. The past two years no tight end in the Mountain West has caught more passes than Roh. For him, camp is about getting better and becoming more of a helper at blocking.
"I'm here to do whatever the team needs to help win games. If that means catching five passes and blocking all the time then that’s what I'm going to do,” said Roh.
Of course, if neither one of these two combinations can put up points on the board, the Broncos will go back to their gunslinger Brett Rypien. McNichols, who is Rypien's roommate, says that the signal collar never stops studying.
"He’s in here at 6 a.m. throughout the whole year, getting that extra film work,” said McNichols.
"It reminded me a lot of Grant Hedrick; that dude was in the film room like a maniac and Brett's the same way,” said Roh.
Fall Camp will have another double duty of practices tomorrow with the veterans in the morning, and newcomers will take to the field in the evening with select veterans.