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Winston Venable Promoted To Running Backs Coach

Boise State football finally announced on February 1 its new running backs coach. It is former Boise State Broncos standout Winston Venable.

Venable replaces Lee Marks, who was hired by Fresno State as their running backs coach.



Venable started for the Broncos as a linebacker in 2009 and 2010. His interception of TCU’s Andy Dalton helped seal a 2010 Fiesta Bowl victory.

He played two years of JUCO before becoming a Bronco. After college, he played a season for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Venable also played four season with the Montreal Alouettes and one season with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He was an all-star linebacker in the CFL in the 2015 season.

Boise State hired Venable in 2018 as a player development coach. Last year he became an assistant director of football development.

Venable will likely bring the same fire and intensity to the running back position that played with as a linebacker. When commenting a few months ago to a fellow Bronco fan that I sure miss players like Winston Venable. He replied, “Man, that guy played like his hair was on fire.”

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Kenton lives in Boise. He is the former publisher of the Boise State sports site, Smurf Turf; writing exclusively about Broncos football and basketball. He is also a novelist and short story writer.

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