So much to get to this week, I've relegated the depth chart discussion to a FanPost. No offense, FanPosts. You're really cool in your own way.
Boise State offense
Boise State defense
LT - 73 Nate Potter 6-6 293 So.
E - 98 Ryan Winterswyk 6-4 263 Jr.
94 Byron Hout 6-0 241 So.
CB 1 Kyle Wilson 5-10 186 Sr.
PK - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 201 Jr.
84 Jimmy Pavel 5-9 212 Fr.
SNP - 44 Chris Roberson 6-0 222 Fr.
PR - 1 Kyle Wilson 5-10 186 Sr.
Disclaimer: Depth charts mean as much as you want them to mean. Keep in mind that things change over the course of a game week and that game situations, injuries, and performance will render some of this depth chart moot. Still, it's fun to speculate ... with hyperbole! Michael Choate is a play away from being the starting slot receiver!
Kirby Moore in starting lineup; local media wishes it had saved some headline puns
With Tyler Shoemaker out for the foreseeable future with a hernia injury, Kirby Moore is thrust into the spotlight of the starting receiver role. The city of Prosser hasn't been this excited since it got a Subway. Five-dollar footlongs and two local kids playing for the No. 6 team in the country? Suck on that, Walla Walla!
Moore will undoubtedly see more of the field now that Shoemaker is on the bench, but the absence of Shoemaker could also reap benefits for Boise State's other backup receivers. Why? I really wish I could tell you.
"I think it's going to be a combination of those guys — Mitch (Burroughs), Chris (Potter) and Kirby — they've all just got to carry the flag and roll," coach Chris Petersen said.
The Mitch Burroughs Experience was in Logan last Friday, throwing a pass for a 16-yard completion and ... that's about it. Potter saw the field for the Broncos' double-handoff Avery TD (playing QB), and ... that's about it. Will either player's role be increased against Nevada?
And lacking a solid transition, Kirby's Dreamland!
What have you done for me lately, Garrett Pendergast?
Give up QB hits mostly.
Boise State offensive lineman seem to go in cycles of awesome-great-good-mediocre-BADWORDS-mediocre-good-great-awesome. Thomas Byrd had a cycle. Will Lawrence had a cycle. Matt Slater and Michael Ames had cycles. And most recently Pendergast has found himself in a cycle.
We've already seen BAD WORDS when he gave up the fumble-sack to San Jose State's Adonis Davis. Is Pendergast on his way back to good-great-awesome? Here's hoping so. And here's hoping that neither Nate Potter nor Kevin Sapien are on the downward side of their first cycle.
Jeremy Avery still RB1A, and everyone is okay with that
The furor over Avery being the team's clear-cut running back has subsided thanks in part to Doug Martin's ability to put up all-WAC numbers with backup carries. The game plan is simple: Schedule Utah State. Run at will. Dairy Queen Blizzards! Right, Warren Buffet?2.bp.blogspot.com
Martin appears to be 100 percent both in the real world and in the Mensa-brainsphere where Bronco coaches meet to determine playing time. Martin saw action against Utah State on the Broncos' fifth drive of the game, early in the second quarter (it was only the third drive that included a handoff to a running back). For the two previous games, Avery received the bulk of the carries until well into the game, but it was obvious that the gameplan against the Aggies was different.
How will Boise State play things on Friday? I expect we'll see Martin again in the second quarter after Avery gets going in the first. And then? Jarvis Hodge time! (Because the score will be 60-0.)
Daron Mackey would like to remind everyone that in order to miss tackles, you have to first be in position to make tackles
Mackey has been one of the biggest surprises for the Bronco defense this season. He earned himself a starting spot in the majority of Boise State's games, and he has made his mark with tenacity, big hits, and a nose for the football. But have you noticed that he misses a lot of tackles?
He and Winston Venable play a very similar, reckless style that often leads to them hurling themselves at a runner instead of breaking down and making the tackle. Most of the time, they get the job done. Occasionally, they whiff.
The silver lining to their FAIL cloud is that they are at least in position to make the play. With a focus this week on playing assignment football and not making mistakes, I am confident that the tackle problem will work itself out.
(Speed drill: Who is the best tackler on the Boise State defense? Who is the worst? Answer in the comments, please.)
Why did Kellen Moore have his worst statistical game in Kellen Moore history?
Completing under 60 percent of his passes? Only passing for one touchdown? Throwing the ball with HIS LEFT HAND (HT: Joe Tessitore)?!?!
Blame for Moore's subpar performance has been placed on everything from the avoidance of safe throws to the drops by receivers, but I think there is something far more sinister at play. Have you seen the movie Hancock? Remember how the two superheroes lose their powers when they are together? Notice how Friday night was the first time that both Kirby and Kellen were in the starting lineup together? I'm just saying.
Also, there were a lot of drops.fabandfurious.com
There's a hole in my heart that only two-point conversions can fill
Lady Luck threw Utah State a Scentsy part on Friday night when the Broncos decided to skip out on the typical first-half two-point affair. Unless my ESPN camera angles betrayed me, I did not even see the Broncos line up in the swinging gate formation to attempt a two-point try.
Will Lady Luck be so hospitable to Nevada on Friday night? Doubt it. It's bad form to throw Scentsy parties the day after Thanksgiving, and the Broncos will probably try for as many points as they can get. (Also, Nevada special teams not so special.)