MOBILE, Alabama -- It's been a long week for five former Boise State football players performing on the big stage. Under the watchful eye of television cameras and hundreds of NFL scouts though, it's safe to say our boys passed the test.
After Kellen Moore, Doug Martin, Shea McClellin, Billy Winn and George Iloka were put through every drill imaginable this week, Saturday they finally got to let loose in a game-like scenario.
With five guys in attendance, that tied Alabama and Wisconsin for the most representatives from any school in the country.
George Iloka was the first of the five out on the first on special teams. On the second kickoff of the game, the safety didn't get credit from the tackle, but it seems he still helped out a little bit. He finished with just a solo stop.
The next two Broncos to hit the field -- linebacker Shea McClellin and lineman Billy Winn. For McClellin, he said tonight's experience was quite different than sticking his hand in the ground like he did at BSU. Still, he roamed side-to-side most of the night, and chipped in with tackles.
As for Winn, he was shutout in the tackles column, but was able to show off his versatility. He told me after the game he rotated between three different positions and in the second half, was able to get upfield and create a little havoc.
On the offensive side of the ball, Doug Martin's all-around effort was impressive. Although he didn't get a single carry in the first half, he still made his presence felt! Eventually, he did pick up 19 yards on four carries.
Finally, on to the winningest quarterback in NCAA history. Entering the game in the second quarter, his new teammates not helping him out much. Early on, back-to-back tosses to the endzone led to back-to-back drops in the endzone.
Eventually in the 4th quarter, Moore would get into a rhythm. His throw of the night: a 23-yard gain to Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing on 3rd-and-20. In the end, he finished 6-of-12 for 50 yards, numbers that could've looked better.
Either way, after the game, I had a chance to talk to all five guys who said more than anything, they were proud to rep Boise State on the national stage.
One other thing I should mention, the fellas definitely proud of the outcome of this game. With all the hype around the SEC, you better believe they took pride in a convincing 23-13 victory.
Make sure you check out Sunday Sports Extra as we'll have exclusive extended cut postgame interviews with each and every one of the Broncos.