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Ioane placed on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

Boise State senior safety Jeremy Ioane with one of his four tackles against Wyoming on Oct. 27, 2012. (Courtesy: Troy Babbitt, USA Today)

Boise State senior safety Jeremy Ioane was named to the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back, on Friday.

Ioane has been a mainstay in the Broncos’ secondary each of the past two seasons, starting 25 of 26 games. He ranked second on the team with 70 tackles in 2012 and fifth with 59 stops in 2013.

Ioane was nominated along with Bronco junior cornerback Donte Deayon. Boise State joins Arkansas State, Florida State, Michigan State and UCF as the only schools with multiple representatives on the watch list.

The winner of the Thorpe Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)

Deayon named to Jim Thope Award Watch List

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Boise State junior cornerback Donte Deayon returns an interception against Wyoming on Nov. 15, 2013. (Courtesy: Brian Losness, USA Today)

Boise State junior cornerback Donte Deayon was named to the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back, on Friday.

Deayon was nominated along with Bronco senior safety Jeremy Ioane. Boise State joins Arkansas State, Florida State, Michigan State and UCF as the only schools with multiple representatives on the watch list.

Deayon burst on to the scene in his first season as a starter in 2013. He earned second-team All-Mountain West honors and recorded six interceptions, tied for seventh most in the NCAA.

In addition to starting all 13 games on defense, Deayon also excelled in limited time as a punt returner last fall. Deayon averaged 21.4 yards per punt return in 2013, including a career-best 48-yard scamper against Southern Miss.

The winner of the Thorpe Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)

Jul 9

Goodale on watch list for title of “top kicker” in the country

Boise State senior kicker Dan Goodale boots one through the uprights against Southern Miss last fall. (Courtesy: Brian Losness, USA Today)

Boise State senior kicker Dan Goodale was named to the 2014 Lou Groza Award Watch List on Wednesday.

Goodale is one of 30 candidates to receive nomination for the award given annually to the nation’s top kicker.

The Timberline High alumnus was true on 17-of-19 field goal attempts in 2013. His .895 field goal percentage led the Mountain West Conference and ranked 15th nationally.

Goodale also excelled at kickoffs last fall. He ranked t-22nd in the NCAA with 37 touchbacks, which was also a career-high.

The semifinalist for the Groza Award will be announced on Nov. 6 when the list will be whittled down to three finalist. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)

NNU standout will transfer to Mountain West school

Former Northwest Nazarene men’s basketball player Grayson Moore has transferred to Utah State, he confirmed via text on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21 contests for the Crusaders last season.

The Moore family has strong ties to Utah State. Grayson’s younger brother, Jalen, is currently a sophomore at Utah State, and his father, Jimmy, still ranks 24th on the Aggies all-time career points list (1,164).

In addition, Jimmy in the director of compliance at Utah State.

Moore must sit out the upcoming season per NCAA rules. He will redshirt during the 2014-15 campaign, then return to the court for his senior season the following year.

Utah State plays in the Mountain West along with Boise State.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)

Apr 7

Newest Boise State football verbal gives Brett Rypien credit for commitment

During his recruitment, West Mesquite High School wide receiver Akilian Butler certainly developed a passion for Boise State.

For that reason, Butler decided to end his recruitment by calling receivers coach Junior Adams and delivering his verbal commitment to the Broncos on Monday.

"I pulled the trigger because of my relationship with coach Junior Adams," boasted an excited Butler over the phone. "It’s a real good relationship. I love him as a coach. He’s an even better person."

On top of that, Butler also recently developed an affection for the gunslinger who could be throwing him the ball one day: Brett Rypien.

"I love the quarterback that just committed - Brett - I love how he plays," Butler said with enthusiasm.

"I started watching tape on Brett after he committed. When I saw it on twitter, I immediately went to Hudl (a recruiting website) and saw his film."

"He’s an incredible quarterback," Butler continued. "I love the way he passes. I love the way he hits his targets while they’re moving."

Butler’s commitment to Boise comes site-unseen. But that doesn’t mean he is unfamiliar with that program.

"I have always been watching them - their bond and how they are close to one another," Butler explained. "What amazed me and gets me hooked on to Boise State is their culture."

That culture already includes a “big bother.”

Butler played in high school with current Boise State safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, the Broncos top recruit of the 2014 class.

"He’s a guy I look up to," Butler said. "The way Dylan was telling me (about Idaho), it feels just like home."

The “family feeling” does not stop there.

Akilian’s brother, Josh Butler, is a three-star cornerback according to Scout.com and holds an offer from Boise State, along with other high profile schools like Texas A&M, Tennessee and UCLA.

"He’s still trying to make up his mind. I can’t really say where he’s going," Akilian said about Josh. "I just don’t know yet."

"I’m encouraging him to make the decision that he needs to make. What’s best for him. But I would love to play with him in college. "

Both Akilian and Josh have plans to check out Boise in-person for the first time in the coming weeks. Akilian said they will make a trip on April 18 or in early May.

When asked if he is looking forward to the trip, Akilian’s answer was emphatic yet respectful, which pretty much sums him up.

"Yessir."

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- Butler also has an offer from Colorado and a “soft offer” from Clemson. He said the Tigers already “had another guy committed and the spot was full.”
- Butler checks in a 5-11, 180-pounds. He said he totaled up over 30-catches for over 450 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. He also runs a 4.49 40-yard time and was clocked a 21.5 seconds in the 200M at his most recent track meet.
- Butler said that he researched the success that new Boise State wide receivers coach Junior Adams had with his players at Eastern Washington. In addition, Butler added: “The first time we ever spoke, I don’t know, we just had a connection right off the bat.”

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)