After 10 weeks in a row without a break, the Warriors enter a bye week, which will be used mostly to rest, heal from injuries, catch up on school work — four road trips have consumed 16 school days — and recruit.
One of the concerns is safety/rover Spencer Smith’s right forearm. He missed six games after suffering a fracture against Army. He was medically cleared last week, started yesterday, and then lasted only one defensive series because of pain in the forearm. Smith represents the perseverance found throughout the program. He fought his way from scout team to special teams to a starting safety’s job, as well as adjusting to three different defensive systems. He made one comeback this season. It would not be surprising if he made another.
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From Nate Kuester, sports director at Boise’s Fox 12:
Hey there Setephen,
Apparently one of our photographers stirred up a hornets nest. But what is real funny is what people are saying happened. We still have the tape and I’ve watched it. It’s funny to see how much it’s been built up. I guess Coach Heffernan didn’t realize he was taking with Photographer Jeff Gordon of FOX 12, despite Jeff introducing himself and identifying him as a member of this station which we have on tape). We have the whole calm exchange recorded and it lasted about about 30 seconds. I want to make this clear, it was not Boise State. It was FOX 12. Our photographer was driving by Meridian High and saw the Warriors practicing. Being a smart guy, he knew that was probably something I would want for my sportscast. So he stood on public property off the school grounds shot video of the players milling around. End of story. I aired it on our 9 PM and 10 PM newscasts. He was not hiding behind the fence. It’s chain link. How good of cover is that? And the whole idea of a scared confrontation that is being represented is pretty funny. But I understand how these things can take flight. It’s fun to build up these rivalries, but it sounds like everyone is making a lot more out of this than it really was.