The Broncos have a one-two punch on offense with Jeremy McNichols and Brett Rypien. However, the team is still trying to establish their roles out on the edge.
Entering his second year with the program, sophomore receiver AJ Richardson wants to be the next great deep threat for BSU.
Wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck has been the subject of discussion quite often recently. He helped haul in eight touchdowns this season. After that, though, several players are really looking to make themselves known. BSU has fifteen players at the redshirt position. Sophomore AJ Richardson is one of the fifteen who understands that it’s now his time to step up his game.
"When coaches call your number, you want to go out there and take the most of your advantage of your opportunities. I'm more on attack mentality,” said, Wide Receiver A.J. Richardson.
Richardson played in thirteen games a season ago, having ten catches for 113 yards on the year, with very limited playing time. He says that even with his limited experience, the group loves the competition. Add that to the leadership on the field, and they hope to outperform the competition this season.
"When he first got here, we used to be on him for urgency and playing fast, and he has taken to that and has improved in that area,” said, Wide Receivers Coach Junior Adams.
Richardson added five pounds of weight in the offseason, and with his knowledge of the offense, it allows Coach Adams to play him in more roles than most.
"A.J. is a big physical wide receiver and he has good hands and he’s good in the run game. He runs crisp routes, he understands what we're trying to do, and one thing about A.J.: he adds value because he can play all three receiver spots on the field,” said, Adams
Richardson and BSU will have a double dip practice tomorrow and will receive an off-day on Wednesday, and a week before Boise State opens up the 2016 season, the team will host their fall fan fest, which is a free event that includes open practice and an autograph session on the blue.