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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Boise State looks to get healthy this spring

By Graham Watson

On paper, Boise State’s spring season would seem like a time for the Broncos to get a jump on opponents for the 2010 schedule, but that’s not going to be the case.

Coach Chris Petersen said the Broncos would be without 10 players this spring. Several are still nursing injuries from 2009 and some are recovering from offseason surgery.

“We’ll see if we get some of those guys back, but I know it won’t look like it’s supposed to look on it paper,” Petersen said.

The biggest hit will come on the offensive line where starting right guard Kevin Sapien has called it a career. Petersen said Sapien is, "just not going to play anymore, he's just so beat up." Garrett Pendergast, Cory Yriarte and Thomas Byrd also will miss the spring. Byrd had offseason knee surgery.

Other notable players expected to miss spring football include running backs D.J. Harper (knee) and Matt Kaiserman (broken ankle), and defensive tackle Chase Baker (knee surgery).

Receiver Kirby Moore is out after the screw that was put into his foot last summer cracked during the year and had to be replaced this offseason.

On the bright side, Austin Pettis, who suffered a foot injury late in the season, is about 90 percent, according to Petersen. He’ll participate in almost all of the spring drills.

If there’s a positive spin to all the injuries, it’s that Petersen is excited to see some young talent emerge this spring. Petersen said he’s looking for young players who have the potential to not only play in 2010, but maybe crack the starting lineup.

“We feel good about some young guys that we have here and we have some guys that we’re anxious to look at,” Petersen said. “I suspect some of these young guys are going to do some good things and maybe even pass up some guys that had significant playing time last year.”