Austin Pettis roots on his uncle Gary

The Texas Rangers will have a big fan rooting for them in Boise tonight.

Boise State receiver Austin Pettis has been glued to the tube watching the Rangers, who face the Yankees in a big Game 6 in the ALCS. Pettis’ uncle, Gary, is the first base coach for the Rangers.

“I’ve definitely have been rooting for them,” Pettis said in a phone interview. “Hopefully, they can get another win.”

Pettis was too young to remember watching his uncle play, but has heard all about it. Gary Pettis played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, winning five Gold Gloves. Austin Pettis has proven to be a sure-handed receiver as well, with 33 career touchdown passes – the most of any active player.

While Pettis was growing up, his uncle traveled a lot so he didn’t see him much, but he spent plenty of time with his cousins, who lived about a half hour away. He has another uncle, Stacey, who is a scout for the Mariners. Stacey Pettis is the one who posed on Gary Pettis’ rookie card. Austin’s father stuck to basketball.

Austin did play baseball when he was younger, but he got tired of it, and played basketball, football and track in high school.

As for his season, Pettis said he and his teammates are eager to get into the heart of WAC play. The Broncos face Louisiana Tech (3-4) in a Tuesday night game.

“We’ve been waiting for this part of our season for a while,” Pettis said. “The most important thing is playing for that WAC championship, and now we get to be able to play some pretty good teams here in the next couple of weeks.”

After Louisiana Tech, Boise State gets Hawaii (5-2), Idaho (3-3), Fresno State (4-2) and Nevada (6-1).