Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier admitted he only attended a handful of men’s basketball games on campus before this year, but that changed during the Broncos’ run to their Mountain West’s first all-time title in the regular season.
Bachmeier said Monday he’s played eight or nine games this season and was excited to watch the Mountain West tournament, which kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas. Boise State is the No. 1 seed and has a first-round bye. The Broncos will face No. 8 Nevada or No. 9 New Mexico in the second round at 1 p.m. Thursday.
After the football team took to the field for its third spring training of the year on Monday, Bachmeier took on the role of analyst and broke the Broncos’ forces on the field.
“They play a really excellent and brave defense,” he told reporters. “I feel like they’re a collective unit and I’m super excited about their race.”
Bachmeier is not just a basketball fan. He is also a coach and brings back a time when basketball coaches kept their most stylish outfits to wear on game day.
The eldest spent much of the winter coaching an intramural squad full of his teammates, including former Borah High football and basketball star Austin Bolt; Boise State wide receivers Eric McAlister, Jalen Richmond and Cole Wright; tight end Russell Corrigan; and former Timberline High quarterback Andy Peters.
Bachmeier wanted to play in the league, but he had knee surgery in December and said he didn’t want to risk a setback.
Instead, he coaches a team that is undefeated as the intramural season moves into the playoffs. The semifinals are on Tuesday and the championship game is scheduled for Thursday, and Bachmeier said the best team on the other side of the board is led by the 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman quarterback. Taylen Green and defensive backs Tyric LeBeauf and Seyi Oladipo.
McAlister and Corrigan are both 6-3, and Peters 6-2, so Bachmeier’s team has plenty of size as well. But the offense comes through Bolt, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard who Bachmeier says is not only the best player on his team, but perhaps the most talented basketball player in the league.
The intramural league even had to ban dunks after Bolt damaged a rim, Bachmeier said.
“It’s not even close,” Bachmeier said of Bolt. “He could play on the Boise State basketball team.”
Bolt led the Borah basketball team to consecutive 5A state championships as a junior and senior. He averaged a double-double in sophomore (12.1 points, 12.8 rebounds per game), junior (14.8, 11.0) and senior (19.4, 12.5).
On the football field, Bolt started at quarterback and safety at Borah, and returned kicks and punts. He racked up 2,771 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior, earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors for Idaho. He followed that by earning the same Gatorade honor in basketball.
Bolt is a redshirt sophomore at Boise State who has contributed to special teams, but has yet to see regular playing time on offense. He’s listed as a tight end, but he spent time as a defensive end and wide receiver last season, and even had a chance on his first collegiate reception on a deep pass that fell incomplete in the Finals. of the Broncos’ regular season at San Diego State.
When asked Monday which young wide receivers he thinks will step into the spotlight this season, Bolt was the first name out of Bachmeier’s mouth.
“His hair is bleached blonde, he’s paler than these walls, he’s skinny and he’s here ‘Mossing’ guys,” Bachmeier said, referring to ESPN’s “You Got Mossed” segment, which highlights highlights the most acrobatic catches every week during football season and is the namesake of Hall of Famer Randy Moss. “I’m really excited for him.”
This story was originally published March 8, 2022 12:57 p.m.