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January 21, 2012

Broncos announce roster additions

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen announced four additions to the Broncos' roster.

Tyler Gray (Templeton, Calif.), Elliot Hoyte (Tavistock, England), Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla.) and Hayden Plinke (Hillsboro, Ore.) have joined junior college transfers Demarcus Lawrence (Aiken. S.C.) and Connor Peters (Antioch, Calif.) on Boise State's spring 2012 roster.

Lawrence and Peters signed National Letters of Intent and were announced last month.

All six are enrolled in and are attending classes at Boise State.

Tyler Gray (Templeton, Calif.)
Linebacker - LB
Height: 6-3 Weight: 215

Three-year varsity letterwinner at Templeton HS…earned CalHiSports All-State First Team honors following his senior season, in addition to being named All-Los Padres League, All-CIF Southern Section and Tribune All-San Luis Obispo County…led team to the CIF semifinals, recording 143 tackles and five sacks as a linebacker…picked up more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns as a running back…as a junior, recorded 116 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two blocked punts…offensively, rushed 116 times for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns…completed his career with 348 tackles.

Elliot Hoyte (Tavistock, England)
Defensive Lineman - DL
Height: 6-4 Weight: 275

Played club football in England for head coach Paul Dangerfield…squad competed in the British American Football National League…named first-team All-Europe at defensive end…also played basketball and rugby in high school.

Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla.)
Quarterback - QB
Height: 5-11 Weight: 195

Capped his prep career by playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix…one of 24 quarterbacks nationally invited to the Elite 11 camp prior to his senior season…graduated high school a semester early to enroll at Boise State for Spring 2012…compiled a 34-4 record as a starter during his prep career…set his school's career records for touchdown passes (66), completions (374) and passing yards (5,701)…named 8A Florida Player of the Year following his senior season…led Dr. Phillips HS to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs…threw for 2,114 yards and 23 touchdowns, and rushed for 626 yards and seven touchdowns…junior year led squad to a 14-1 record and a trip to the state finals…threw for 2,390 yards, 28 touchdown passes and just one interception…also rushed for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Hayden Plinke (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Tight End - TE
Height: 6-4 Weight: 230

Initially signed with the Broncos in February 2011, and grayshirted the 2011 season…an honorable mention all-state performer as a senior…also named first-team all-conference as a senior and second-team all-conference as a junior…earned two varsity letters in football at Glencoe HS…rushed for 251 yards to average 11.5 per-carry as a senior…also caught 31 passes for 457 receiving yards in 2010…scored five touchdowns as a senior…recorded five touchdowns as a junior, including a three-touchdown performance in one game…tallied eight sacks at defensive end as a junior…received three varsity letters in track and field and one in basketball…won the state javelin title as a junior…voted Student Body President…high school coach was Tim Duvall.

Demarcus Lawrence (Aiken. S.C.)
Defensive Lineman - DL
Height: 6-4 Weight: 248
Redshirt Sophomore

RS FRESHMAN (2011): Earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors for the Grizzlies…squad won the Jayhawk Conference and Region IV Championships, and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final national poll…was also named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference, finishing with 66 tackles, the second-most on the team…also registered team highs with 27 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks.
FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirt season.

Connor Peters (Antioch, Calif.)
Tight End - TE
Height: 6-4 Weight: 245

FRESHMAN (2011): Caught 13 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his only season at Laney College.

Started at both tight end and defensive end for the 2010 state football champions…was teammates with fellow Bronco Blake Renaud.

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