April 20, 2007

Still The (Forty) One

BOISE- Boise State junior tailback Ian Johnson didn't play in the Broncos' annual spring game Friday. But he did enjoy a steak dinner with the offense Friday night.

"I'm still offense," smiled Johnson, moments after the offense beat the defense 27-26. "I mean, if we go to a bowl game everyone still gets rings. So I still get my steak. I'm hungry."

Johnson, who led the nation with 24 touchdowns last year, is of course a big part of Boise State's offense (which got steak dinners Friday night after winning the spring game while the defense had to settle for hot dogs). But rushing for a Boise State record 1,613 yards in 2006 took a toll on his body. He sat out the entire three weeks of BSU's spring football practice watching his likely back-up, freshman Jeremy Avery, total 247 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' three scrimmages.

"(Avery's) a good player," said Coach Petersen. "He's a hardworking kid. He'll bring a lot of value to our offense in the fall."

But he won't be starting.

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