Boise State Spring Game Guide: Who to Watch Saturday

Bronco Nation can follow all Spring Game updates with KTVB’s live blog in this article Saturday with tweets from Jay Tust and Will Hall.

BOISE, Idaho — For the first time since last fall, the Boise State football team returns to the Blues on Saturday for the Broncos’ 2022 spring game in front of a live crowd at Albertsons Stadium.

After his 15 spring football workouts, head coach Andy Avalos and the Broncos will debut their 2022 roster at 4 p.m. roles.

The Boise State Hall of Fame plaza and campus parking lots open at noon Saturday, with the gates to Albertsons Stadium set to open to fans at 2:30 p.m. To mimic a live matchday environment, players and coaches will walk around the stadium. ‘ at 2:40 p.m.

The Broncos will begin warm-ups at 3:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the spring game. Parking and admission to Saturday’s event is free, and fans can hit up The Blue after the game.

Saturday’s blue and orange game features four competitive quarterbacks between the Broncos’ offense and defense. Each quarter lasts eight minutes, with the second quarter featuring a red zone drill.

Touchdowns, field goals and point attempts after will score as their usual points – six, three and one, respectively. During the red zone drill from the 15-yard line, the offense gets four plays to score six points. A save from the defense is also worth six points and forcing the offense to kick a field goal scores a point for the defense.

Turnovers and fourth saves are worth three points for the Boise State defense on Saturday. The three outs and sacks score two points for the Broncos defense and forcing the offense to kick a field goal into the red zone — outside of the red zone drill — is worth four defensive points.

If Boise State rushes for 12 or more yards or completes a 16 or more yard pass in the spring game, the Broncos offense scores a point.

With players like star receiver Khalil Shakir, safety Kekaula Kaniho and two-year-old offensive lineman and starter Jake Stetz leaving Boise State, KTVB has compiled a list of Broncos to watch in Saturday’s spring game.

Bronco Nation can also follow all the scores, updates and highlights from the Boise State Spring Game with KTVB’s live blog in this article on Saturday. KTVB’s live blog with the latest tweets and updates from KTVB’s Jay Tust and Will Hall will appear in this article ahead of Saturday’s scrimmage.

OFFENSE:

Taylen Green – Quarterback

Boise State’s starting quarterback for 2022 is undoubtedly senior Hank Bachmeier. On April 6, Avalos said, “there are things [Hank] even doing this year what he couldn’t do last year,” while speaking to local media.

However, Boise State fans have heard the hype surrounding Green — a three-star recruit from Lewisville, Texas — and Bronco Nation may get a glimpse of their future caller on Saturday.

The long sophomore threw passes at Boise State’s Pro Day, impressing the NFL-bound Shakir with his strong arm.

Stefan Cobbs – wide receiver

The fifth-year senior is expected to be Boise State’s go-to as a wide receiver on the heels of Shakir’s departure. Cobbs — a fifth-year senior from Fort Worth, Texas — had 34 catches, 421 yards and five touchdowns in 2021.

The only entirely healthy positional group entering Boise State spring football was the wide receiver unit. We’ll see if the rest of the Broncos offense is healthy enough to give these guys the ball on Saturday in the spring game.

George Holani – running back

Boise State freshman running backs coach Keith Bhonapha has been full of praise for Holani since he arrived on campus this offseason. Holani burst onto the scene in 2019, rushing for 1,014 yards.

In 2020, Holani appeared in just three games, before rushing for 569 yards and a touchdown on 119 carries in nine games played. When healthy, Holani is a top tier in the Mountain West.

The California native is expected to be Boise State’s workhorse in 2022, but Holani may not see an overwhelming amount of touches on Saturday after returning to full-strength spring football practice.

Avalos said the Broncos already knew what they had in the backfield with Holani and scrimmage touches might not be necessary for him until fall camp.

“We’re extremely grateful, even for his growth, the offense is different when he’s on the court,” Boise State head coach Andy Avalos said of Holani.

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DEFENSE:

Caleb Biggers – Cornerback

After Boise State starting cornerback Markel Reed missed part of 2021 due to injury, Bowling Green transfer Caleb Biggers stepped in and ended up leading the corners with 34 tackles.

Biggers gained starting reps on the right side of the Broncos’ defense while Reed was still recovering during spring football. After Jeron Johnson’s departure, it will be interesting to see how first-year cornerbacks coach Demario Warren rotates cornerbacks on Saturday.

George Tarlas – Defensive end

The Borah High School graduate has been a boon to Avalos and the Broncos this offseason. George Tarlas has 20 career tackles for loss, 17 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions during his time with Weber State.

Boise State was the first program to offer Tarlas after entering the transfer portal, but the hometown star also got offers from San Diego State, Utah Arizona. Saturday will be Tarlas’ first appearance on The Blue, with the potential to work his way into a starting or #2 role at fall camp.

Seyi Oladipo – Nickelback

With the departure of Boise State’s 2021 starting nickelback — Kekaula Kaniho — the Broncos’ starting nickel spot is wide open. Seyi Oladipo has impressed in Boise State’s 15 spring training sessions and could line up with the starting defense on Saturday.

As a rookie last season, Oladipo gained playing time in 12 games and notched a pair of interceptions in Boise State’s 2021 win over UTEP. The Colorado native totaled eight tackles with a tackle for the Broncos loss.

Bronco Nation can follow all the scores, updates and highlights from the Boise State Spring Game with KTVB’s live blog in this article on Saturday. KTVB’s live blog with the latest tweets and updates from KTVB’s Jay Tust and Will Hall will appear in this article ahead of Saturday’s scrimmage.

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