On a short week and sans a word processor, Boise State has left its depth chart in tact for its game versus Fresno State. But that doesn't mean we don't have roster spots to discuss. From Kirby Moore's burnt redshirt to Garrett Pendergast's PT, there is still some intrigue when the Broncos head to Cali on Friday.
View the full depth chart after the jump. And hit the comments with your depth chart reactions.
Boise State offense
Boise State defense
Z - 2
X - 4
H - 89
LT - 72 Matt Slater 6-4 290 Jr.
LG - 59
C - 66
RG - 62
RT - 54
TE - 85
QB - 11
RB - 27
FB - 40
E - 98 Ryan Winterswyk 6-4 263 Jr.
926-3 262 So.
T - 90
N - 97
SE - 96
MIKE- 52 Derrell Acrey 6-1 235 Jr.
CB 1 Kyle Wilson 5-10 186 Sr.
PK - 35
5-10 201 Jr.
845-9 212 Fr.
HD - 2 Austin Pettis 6-3 201 Jr.
P - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 201 Jr.
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! Aaron Burks for WAC POY!
BroncoSports.com apparently ran out of time to update the depth chart this week
There are no changes on this iteration of Boise State's depth chart. Meaning ... ?
The Broncos may have not had time to update it due to the short week with the game on Friday. It could also be that the team played well enough against Miami (OH) that changes weren't necessary. Why mess with a good thing, right? Whichever way you take it, there are still some intriguing topics to discuss about positions on the team. Fortunately, I do not need giant changes on a depth chart to discuss any of them.
Aaron Burks yes, Kirby Moore no: Oversight or secret message?
Get out your decoder rings, Bronco fans. Wait. What's that? They only give decoder rings to the privileged media who use them as buffet jacket flair? Lame.
Despite the fact that Moore took the field on Saturday against the RedHawks, true freshman Burks is the one who made this week's depth chart and not Moore. Theories? We learned from Chadd Cripe that the Broncos chose Moore because he plays the thin slot receiver position, consisting of Tyler Shoemaker, Michael Choate, and a deafening void. Burks was competing with some stiffer competition on the outside. I chalk this one up to a depth chart in need of an update and not a secret Bronco agenda that involves Burks seeing the field on Friday.
Can someone get this fixed for next week? At least throw an OR Kirby's way.
Austin Pettis still the No. 1 holder, not that it mattered last week
You'll recall that Pettis was first-team holder on the depth chart versus U of Miami, which turned out to mean nothing as incumbent Michael Choate continued with the holding duties. A bad snap/hold on an extra point put an end to that, as Choate exited, Pettis entered, and most Bronco fans were none the wiser. I mean, seriously, does the holder really matter?
You bet it does. Witness the Oregon game, when a botched snap/hold and comical intentional grounding hurt the Broncos. Witness the Miami (OH) game, when a botched snap/hold cost Kyle Brotzman his perfect XP streak and Loque a perfect score prediction. The Broncos need to make sure they get all the points they can, especially when they're up against quality opponents. Every point matters.
There is something seriously wrong with Jamar Taylor
The Broncos' supposed third cornerback has been out all season with an undisclosed injury. Anyone have any leads? I urge you to stake out your local Idaho Physical Therapy until we get to the bottom of this.
Taylor's absence has opened the door for Jerrell Gavins, and Gavins has burst through that door like Padma into the Top Chef kitchen when time is up on the QuickFire challenge. Gavins is just fine, but oh, it would be nice to have Taylor on the field, too.
Ditto Matt Kaiserman who has missed time so far this season. At least Kaiserman's absence has a blindingly bright silver lining: Doug Martin seems to be the No. 3 tailback. I am okay with this, as is God.
Would it kill us to have a defensive line update?
What is the official word on Michael Atkinson's suspension? Will he back next week for Bowling Green? And how about Greg Grimes, originally listed as being out two to four games? Enough with the stories about how Kirby and Kellen spent the summer rooming together and watching film. I need information.
Garrett Pendergast made an impression, but not that great of an impression
Pendergast saw extensive playing time at Michael Ames' right tackle position against Miami (OH), but his performance went largely unnoticed on the depth chart. It appears that the Broncos will go into the Fresno game with the same offensive line as they did against Miami, which is the same offensive line that they had against Oregon. That has to be some kind of record.
Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see good doses of Pendergast once again, as he didn't do anything horrendously bad against the RedHawks. I'd prefer to see Ames see all the snaps so that he gets comfortable, but I trust the coaching staff's decision to do pretty much whatever they want, short of starting Brad Elkin there.
Also, is it concerning to anyone else that the sixth offensive lineman that we're talking about is Garrett Pendergast and not Nate Potter?
What changes were you hoping to see on the depth chart? Any thoughts on Kirby Moore? Any news on the injuries and suspensions? Share your thoughts in the comments.