Photos: Meet the Boise State cheerleaders

Photos: Meet the Boise State cheerleaders
BOISE, Idaho - Some of the hardest working athletes on the Blue Turf this weekend will surely be sore, tired and exhausted after the big game.

Not the football players - the cheerleaders.

Homecoming for the BSU cheerleaders is just like the football players. It's a week full of practices, events and, of course, the big homecoming game against Toledo.

"These young men and women are very hard working and they dedicate a great deal of time to get ready for the game this week," said Julie Stevens, Boise State cheerleading director.

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Fifty percent of this year's squad is comprised of new athletes.

"I have some great older members which the new ones really look up to for guidance and as a role model," Stevens said. " The group is working very well together and that is important with so many new kids. "

While much of the national spotlight shines on the football team's success, the cheerleaders, too, are affected by the additional success. The squad is a high commodity around the Treasure Valley and beyond, Stevens said.

"It puts more pressure on all the groups here at Boise State because we are called upon to help out in a lot of community service projects," she said. "They certainly work just as hard as the athletic teams do here at Boise State and I guess the national titles can attest to that."

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