FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 15: Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos eludes the defense of Dominique Vinson #24, Ivory Herd #7 and Austin Gray #12 of the Colorado State Rams for a first quarter touchdown at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Boise State Broncos have a fairly important game this weekend against TCU (1:30 p.m. MT, Versus), and it sure would be nice if the Broncos had as many healthy bodies as possible - particularly the bodies that will be playing in the NFL some day. How will injuries play a role on Saturday? What other depth chart intricacies are worth noting? Join me after the jump for an analysis of the Broncos' two-deep, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Bold = Starter
Italics = Depth chart change
Wingdings = Secret Mayan decoder message
|Kellen Moore||Doug Martin||Chandler Koch|
|Joe Southwick OR||D.J. Harper||Tommy Smith|
|Mitch Burroughs||Matt Miller||Tyler Shoemaker||Kyle Efaw OR|
|Kirby Moore||Geraldo Boldewijn||Chris Potter||Gabe Linehan|
|Aaron Burks||Dallas Burroughs||Kyle Sosnowski|
|Nate Potter||Joe Kellogg||Cory Yriarte||Chuck Hayes||Charles Leno|
|Faraji Wright||Spencer Gerke||Thomas Byrd||Brenel Myers||Michael Ames|
|Tyrone Crawford||Billy Winn||Chase Baker||Shea McClellin|
|Tyler Horn||Darren Koontz||Mike Atkinson||Jarrell Root|
|Byron Hout OR||Aaron Tevis OR|
|Tommy Smith||J.C. Percy|
|Jamar Taylor||Hunter White OR||Cedric Febis||George Iloka||Ebo Makinde|
|Antwon Murray||Jonathan Brown||Travis Stanaway||Lee Hightower||Quaylon Ewing-Burton|
|Dan Goodale OR||Trevor Harman||Hunter White||Brad Elkin||Chris Roberson|
|Michael Frisina||Dan Goodale||Trevor Harman|
|Doug Martin OR||Mitch Burroughs|
|Mitch Burroughs||Chris Potter|
|Chris Potter OR|
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! Jeremy Ioane no longer exists!
Billy Winn is questionable with a knee injury. Overreact.
Boise State defensive tackle beat Billy Winn exited Saturday's UNLV game at halftime with a knee injury and returned in street clothes to the sidelines. The diagnosis of Winn's injury is "not serious" with a side of "expected to play."
But how many times have we heard that one only to wake up on Saturday morning and have Chadd Cripe tell us that Player X is sitting this one out? I'd like to believe that Winn's injury is not that serious and that he'll be just fine for Saturday's game against TCU. The Broncos will certainly need him since the Horned Frogs love to power run right at the teeth of the defense. But then there's this: Without Winn in the second half, Boise State held the UNLV offense to a single first down prior to garbage time. So can the Bronco D survive and thrive without Winn? I know I sure don't care to find out.
Jamar Taylor is day-to-day. Whatever that means.
Taylor missed the UNLV game completely and his absence was noticeable. Quaylon Ewing-Burton and Ebo Makinde let completion after completion happen in front of them, and Quaylon did so to the point where he was pulled for Lee Hightower. What difference would Taylor make in Saturday's game? A huge one. TCU has a game-changing receiver in Josh Boyce, and it sure would be nice to stick Taylor on Boyce in man-to-man coverage all day. Games like Saturday's are the type that don't come around every week (New Mexico week, for instance), so I would expect Taylor to do everything he can do to be healthy and on the field.
Doug Martin's injury is not serious. Sure hope not.
Martin left the UNLV game in the second quarter with a leg injury, and according to Bronco coaches, he could have come back in the game if needed. Well, I'm pretty sure BSU will need him on Saturday, so here's hoping that leg injury stays non-serious.
Kellen Moore is great. All hail Kellen Moore.
Moore passed Colt McCoy last week for the top spot on the NCAA's all-time wins list, a record that would have been a lot more noticeable had it not occurred after the LSU - Alabama game and at 2:00 a.m. ET. No matter. Here are some other NCAA records that Moore is threatening.
In other Kellen Moore record news ...
- While the all-time TD mark is out of reach due to Case Keenum, Moore can still do something that all Bronco fans would appreciate: Move ahead of Colt Brennan. Moore needs four TD passes to pass Brennan for third on the all-time list.
- Moore is No. 8 on the all-time passing yards list, and he will pass Colt McCoy this week if Moore throws for 157 yards. McCoy must be wondering why Moore is picking on him at this point..
- 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, and then the Bronco wideouts didn't do him many favors.
- The NCAA record for highest career completion percentage is 70.4 percent by Colt Brennan. Moore is at 69.35 percent.
Lee Hightower is everyone's new favorite player
The true freshman corner-safety-whatever-you-want-him-to-be turned in another stellar game on Saturday, makign some big special teams tackles and filling in for a struggling Boise State secondary. Is there anything he can't do? Though he's listed as the backup to George Iloka at safety, I wouldn't be surprised if Hightower is the team's third corner at this point, behind Taylor and Makinde. We may find out on Saturday.
George Iloka interception watch hits Week Eight
This week would be a good time to get off the schnide.
21 days without an ACL tear
This is assuming that Billy Winn doesn't have a torn ACL.
Bronco coaches like these guys, so I like these guys
Boise State's internal players of the week against UNLV were running back D.J. Harper (offense), safety George Iloka (defense), linebacker Byron Hout (special teams), center Cory Yriarte (lineman), and nickel Hunter White (Hammer).
White earned the Hammer for laying out a UNLV player on a punt return. White's block was penalized, negating a touchdown, but everyone and their mother confirmed after the game that it was indeed a clean hit. The block in the back that wasn't called earlier in the return? Now that should have been a penalty.
What is your read on the injury situation for Billy Winn, Jamar Taylor, and Doug Martin? How would Boise State do without those players? Think Kellen Moore can catch Colt McCoy's single-season completion percentage mark? Share your thoughts in the comments.