Boise State depth chart versus San Diego State: Get to know your Bronco corners

BOISE ID - NOVEMBER 19: Quaylon Ewing-Burton #26 of the Boise State Broncos psyches up the crowd before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on November 19 2010 in Boise Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The Broncos will be looking to bounce back against San Diego State tomorrow night (6:00 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network), maybe with a blowout win, maybe with a narrow win, maybe with a trip to SeaWorld to pet the dolphins. I hear that always makes one feel better.

The depth chart for tomorrow night's game leaves a little bit to be desired in the Bronco secondary where injuries have taken their toll. Join me after the jump for a meet-and-greet with Boise State's new starters as well as a spin around the rest of the depth chart. 

Visit the BroncoSports website for the full pdf of the depth chart. You can also find a detailed roster and, if you're really wanting to kill an hour, the team's weekly notes.

Bold = Starter

Italics = Depth chart change

Wingdings = Secret Mayan decoder message

OFFENSE
Qb_medium Rb_medium Fb_medium
Kellen Moore Doug Martin Chandler Koch
Joe Southwick OR D.J. Harper Tommy Smith
Grant Hedrick
 
Z_medium X_medium H_medium Te_medium
Mitch Burroughs Matt Miller Tyler Shoemaker Kyle Efaw OR
Kirby Moore Geraldo Boldewijn Chris Potter Gabe Linehan
Aaron Burks Dallas Burroughs   Kyle Sosnowski
Lt_medium Lg_medium C_medium Rg_medium Rt_medium
Nate Potter Joe Kellogg Cory Yriarte Chuck Hayes Charles Leno
Faraji Wright Spencer Gerke Thomas Byrd Brenel Myers Michael Ames
Matt Paradis
***
DEFENSE
E_medium T_medium N_medium E_medium
Tyrone Crawford Billy Winn Chase Baker Shea McClellin
Tyler Horn Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe Mike Atkinson Jarrell Root
Mlb_medium Wlb_medium
Byron Hout OR Aaron Tevis OR
Tommy Smith J.C. Percy
Cb_medium N_medium S_medium S_medium Cb_medium
Lee Hightower Jonathan Brown Cedric Febis George Iloka Quaylon Ewing-Burton
Antwon Murray Hunter White Jeremy Ioane Travis Stanaway Bryan Douglas
  Dextrell Simmons      Josh Borgman
***
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pk_medium Ko_medium Hd_medium P_medium Snp_medium
Dan Goodale OR Trevor Harman Hunter White Brad Elkin  Chris Roberson
Michael Frisina Dan Goodale  Trevor Harman  
Kr_medium Pr_medium
Mitch Burroughs Mitch Burroughs
Dallas Burroughs Chris Potter
Drew Wright

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! 

Meet your new starting cornerbacks

Boise State's top three corners - Jamar Taylor, Jerrell Gavins, and Ebo Makinde - are doubtful with a leg injury,  out with a torn ACL, and out with a hamstring pull / public shame (giving up two double-move touchdowns will do that to you), respectively.

So where does that leave the Broncos? Not holding open campus tryouts for Mark Wahlberg Invincible types. Yet. 

The two guys who will be starting at corner on Saturday are redshirt freshman Quaylon Ewing-Burton and true freshman Lee Hightower. Hopefully you won't hear their names called too much except on big hits, interception returns, and moments where color commentator Aaron Taylor has his roster upside down.

To get to know these two newbies better, here are some fun facts about each.

Quaylon Ewing-Burton wears No. 26 ... When he arrived at Boise State, he was just Quaylon Ewing ... He has started four games so far this year and been pulled from at least two for poor play ... He was the man in coverage on the final eight TCU points ... He played the third corner/safety spot in the season opener against Georgia and played it very well ... His nickname at OBNUG is Q-Burt.

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Lee Hightower wears No. 29 ... The Idaho Statesman ran an interesting feature on Hightower this week, explaining among other things that Hightower chose Boise State over Yale and Penn against his mother's best wishes and vowed to get his master's degree from an Ivy League school to make up for it ... Hightower was one of the last recruits in the 2011 Boise State class and was only recruited after safety Jamie Byrd decommitted and chose TCU ... Hightower has two of the bigger hits of the season, blasting a Colorado State returner ... Hightower is also the name of a popular character in the Police Academy movies. Bronco fans find this hilarious.

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Next up at cornerback: People you know even less

Should anything happen to Ewing-Burton or Hightower on Saturday, the Broncos will have to dig deep to find able-bodied corners. Here is the short list for who's next behind Q-Burt and Hi-T.

And that's it. Hazen Moss is listed as a defensive back on the Bronco roster, but he is more of a safety-nickel player than a corner. So if you'll be in the San Diego area for the game this weekend, you might want to stretch before coming into the stadium.

We have our new Winston Venable, and it only took nine weeks

Boise State's nickel position has been a job share for the first nine weeks of the season, which just goes to show how valuable and rare players like Ellis Powers and Winston Venable are. This week the depth chart finally revealed its long-awaited answer to Venable's successor: Jonathan Brown.

Brown and Hunter White had been sharing the co-starter label all season until this week. Now it is Brown's job to keep and to defend next year when he returns for his junior season.

Assorted injuries: Billy Winn, Doug Martin, Bronco Nation's fragile psyche

Billy Winn is questionable for Saturday's game with a leg injury that he suffered against UNLV. He played sparingly against TCU and had little impact. 

Doug Martin is questionable for Saturday's game with a leg injury that he suffered against UNLV. (What was in that UNLV water? Joint poison?) Martin was used as an emergency back on Boise State's final drive in a blocking capacity only, and he figures to be well enough to play on Saturday, if needed. Expect D.J. Harper to start and Martin to sub in.

Bronco Nation is day-to-day with a case of the sads. We are expected to return against San Diego State, provided the Broncos don't fall behind early.

Kellen Moore greatness update

Let me first begin by saying how disappointing it is that Moore's career may become more well-known for what could have been rather than what was. He is the best quarterback in college football this year, he was last year, and when all is said and done and I'm giving his acceptance speech into the College Football Hall of Fame, he will be the great college quarterback of our generation.

OK, enough hyperbole and complaining. Let's get down to Moore's statistical records.

  • With two more touchdown passes, Kellen Moore will pass Hawaii's Colt Brennan for third on the all-time touchdown list and help me cross off one more thing on my bucket list: Sticking it to Colt Brennan.  
  • Moore is No. 7 on the all-time passing yards list, and he will pass Phillip Rivers with 69 more yards. After Rivers comes Brennan, so looks like I better start another bucket list. 
  • The NCAA record for highest single-season completion percentage is 76.6 percent by Colt McCoy. Moore is at 74.1. He was at 76.3 percent going into the UNLV game. 

George Iloka interception watch hits Week Nine

Could Iloka really finish the season with zero interceptions?  

28 days without an ACL tear

Keep up the good work, people. 

Internal players of the week

Boise State did not give out internal players of the week because of the loss to TCU. When the team loses, everyone loses. So I guess Coach Pete will be bringing out The Hammer on Saturday?

Your turn

How do you think Boise State's new cornerbacks will do against the San Diego State passing attack? What injury is more important to heal by Saturday - Billy Winn's or Doug Martin's? Is Kellen Moore great or what? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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