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The “Player of the Spring” so far at Boise State?

by Tom Scott

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 13 at 3:09 PM


Tuesday, April 13, 2010.
At Chris Petersen’s latest press conference, the Boise State coach was asked if any new faces had stood out during spring football to date. Instead of going the politically correct route and naming a plethora of redshirt freshmen, then wondering aloud whether he missed anybody, Petersen instantly blurted out, “Kharyee Marshall. He has done a phenomenal job.” Marshall is the undersized but overly fast defensive end from Phoenix who had 32½ sacks in high school. “He was more disruptive in practice the other day than anyone we’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Petersen, who will turn Marshall loose in the Blue & Orange Game Saturday in Bronco Stadium.
The first thing we noticed during fall camp last year was that Marshall was the player who inherited Ian Johnson’s No. 41. Now his redshirt year is history, and he’s ready to contribute. Which brings up the first thing we noticed this spring (I mentioned this after the Broncos’ first scrimmage): Marshall, at 6-1, 207 pounds, standing next to Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, at 6-3, 282, on the right side of Boise State’s second-team defensive line. The natural reaction is, “What in the world is that guy doing at end?” But there’s no substitute for the speed that Marshall brings to the position. Hey, he even rushed for 275 yards and five touchdowns as a prep senior, averaging 5.3 yards a carry.
A couple WAC quarterback notes: Fresno State insists there is no quarterback controversy as the Bulldogs get into the guts of spring football. Ryan Colburn started every game last season, but coach Pat Hill says Derek Carr will either start or redshirt this fall. That has all the markings of a controversy in the San Joaquin Valley, as Carr has name equity with Fresno State fans. He’s the younger brother of Bulldog legend David Carr. And in Hawaii, Bryant Moniz is on “indefinite leave” to take care of some personal matters. Moniz, a one-time walk-on who delivered pizzas to make ends meet, started eight games last season. One was the 54-9 loss to Boise State—he was knocked out of that one with an injury.
This one may have passed you by, but Buffalo feels good enough about Derek Schouman’s recovery from a devastating knee injury last September to sign him to a new one-year contract. One report pegs the deal at $1,684,000. The former Boise State star began the 2009 season as the Bills starter at tight end but suffered the injury in the second game against Tampa Bay. At that point Schouman already had nine catches for 103 yards over the first two weeks. This will be the Eagle High grad’s fourth NFL season.
The answer to the burning question will be answered tonight. Who will the Idaho Steelheads play to start their quest for the Kelly Cup? Utah and Las Vegas will settle their best-of-five first round series this evening, and the winner will head to Boise Friday. The Steelheads will dust off a tradition that dates back to the West Coast Hockey League days: a white-out in the stands for the playoffs.
One thing’s for sure: the new guys in the Boise State basketball program will be Leon Rice guys. The new Bronco coach has granted point guard Chris Kupets his release, according to the Statesman’s Nick Jezierny. Same goes for another potential junior college transfer, forward Bryn Prinsloo. Also, Rice has given another recruit, 7-footer Ben Mills, permission to speak to other schools. The release of Kupets and Prinsloo opens up two more scholarships. Rice is set to use the one assigned to Kupets on point guard Tre Nichols from McLennan Community College in Texas.
From the “where are they this season” department—local products in pro baseball. Leading the pack this year is former Borah High star Jon Gaston, who led the California League last season with 35 home runs. Gaston is now in Corpus Christi, the Astros Double-A affiliate, hitting .400 over the first three games. His ex-Borah teammate, Stephen Fife, has posted a very acceptable ERA of 3.29 over his first two minor league seasons. Fife is up to Double-A as well, with Portland, ME, in the Red Sox organization. Former Centennial standout Jordan Latham has been pitching well in the Cubs system. He started his career with the Boise Hawks in 2007 and went 2-0—and is now at Class A Peoria. 
Timberline High product Braden Tullis got off to a great start with the Spokane Indians last summer, going 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA. Tullis has moved on to Class A Hickory in the Rangers organization. And then there’s Zach Simons, the former Glenns Ferry phenom. Simons is close to the bigs with the Tigers—he made it as far as the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens last year, going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 appearances. He begins this season at Double-A Erie.
One more Bronco football note…about that bit I did on Kyle Efaw last week. I sat in on an interview of Efaw with the Capital High “Flight” newspaper earlier this year, and I used a couple quotes from that session. I was reminded of that by a certain Flight staff writer, who wondered about proper attribution of said quotes. Journalism 101, you know. Sorry Mark. 
This Day In Sports…April 13:
A big day in Masters history. April 13, 1975: Jack Nicklaus wins his fifth Masters, edging Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller by one stroke. April 13, 1986: 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus shoots a 30 on the back nine and a 65 for the final round to become the oldest player ever to win the Masters. And April 13, 1997: 21-year-old Tiger Woods, playing in his first Masters, becomes the youngest player ever to win the tournament, with a record-low score of 270 and a record-high victory margin of 12 strokes over Tom Kite.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)