Few prospects have arrived at Boise State with more interest than safety Jeremy Ioane. Turning down an offer from Notre Dame will do that.
Ioane (5-foot-10, 200 pounds), who redshirted last season, is well aware of the fanfare that has preceded him, but one simple fact puts it in perspective — he’s never played a snap for the Broncos.
“I knew a lot of people were talking about me, but if I don’t work hard, no one will get to see me play,” Ioane said. “It pushes me a little more to work harder and show what I can do.”
With senior Cedric Febis taking most of the snaps at strong safety, Ioane faces an uphill battle to start, but he’s driven to get on the field however he can.
“It’s easier now that I’ve gone through redshirting, and now it’s doing things like alignment, the little details,” he said. “You always have to keep competing. My goal is just to be able to contribute however I can.”
Almost 3,000 miles away from his family in Hawaii, Ioane said last season was difficult for him being away from his family, but focusing on football and help from his teammates have helped him.
A physical presence, Ioane has improved his pass defense thus far in fall camp, though he is focusing on doing the things that his predecessor, Jeron Johnson, excelled at.
“I think communication’s the big thing for me,” he said. “I need to be more vocal, No. 1, but also getting down the hand signals.”
It’s getting hot in here
Just as they did last August, the Boise State Broncos decided to get a bit creative with their usage of the Caven-Williams indoor complex.
During the second of Monday’s pair of practices, the Broncos shut all the doors to the facility and cranked up the heaters to prepare for playing in a hot, sweaty environment.
“We were in a situation getting some new things thrown at us, making them a little game-like,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said.
More Moore accolades
Senior quarterback Kellen Moore, who is due to talk to the media today for the first time since fall camp opened, was named to the Manning Award watch list Monday. The award is given to the nation’s top quarterback and is different in that it is given out after bowl season.
Moore is on the watch lists for the Camp, Maxwell and O’Brien awards in addition to the Manning. Also on Monday, Moore won the Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete award, as part of being named to the Playboy preseason All-American team. The magazine ranks Boise State No. 2.
Play of the day
Quaylon Ewing-Burton had a fantastic interception in the first practice, falling backward while keeping hold of the ball on his shoulder. Ewing-Burton, a sophomore out of Houston, has worked at safety and cornerback thus far. He performed quite well at cornerback Monday, as he also intercepted Moore in the second practice.