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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:01 am | Updated: 1:08 am, Tue Mar 20, 2012.

The Boise State football team is already five practices into its 15-practice spring schedule, and while it is far too early to say which new faces will be called upon for big roles — especially at quarterback — there are a few Broncos who redshirted last season who have caught some attention this spring.

HOLDEN HUFF, TE: Huff originally signed in February of 2010, but grayshirted and joined the team last January. He is still quite thin for a tight end (201 pounds), but stands at 6-foot-5 and could be a good target over the middle for whoever wins the quarterback job. With the Broncos likely to use more spread-type sets, he could certainly be split out and create some mismatches. He had a nice touchdown catch in Monday’s practice with two defenders draped over him on a short score.

DILLON LUKEHART, S: An excellent two-way player in his days at Eagle High, Lukehart’s athleticism is easy to see on the Broncos’ practice field. The 6-foot, 200-pounder came in last fall as a linebacker, but coaches saw a chance for him to make an impact at safety instead of trying to bulk him up. He had a great interception Monday, tipping a pass over the middle intended for Kirby Moore, then catching the ball while falling onto his back.

SAM UKWUACHU, DE: Listed at 6-5, 215 pounds, he isn’t a hulking presence, but Ukwuachu, who played some receiver in high school, is clearly someone who has some moves. On Friday, he dropped back into coverage, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. He made some nice moves Monday, including a nifty spin move that had the defensive line hollering in one-on-one drills with the offensive line.

TROY WARE, WR: The only receiver who redshirted last season, he’s part of a deep group with the likes of Moore, Matt Miller and the Burroughs brothers, but he’s the type of versatile target with solid hands that can find his way onto the field in most situations. Ware (6-1, 185) has made some tough grabs so far this spring, and made one Monday while tip-toeing the sideline on an out pattern.

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