Troy Babbitt-US PRESSWIRE
For weights and measures and classes, view the full depth chart pdf. For speculation and analysis, scroll on down.
- QB: Joe Southwick, Grant Hedrick, Jimmy Laughrea
- RB: D.J. Harper, Jay Ajayi
- FB: Dan Paul, Connor Peters
- X receiver: Matt Miller, Aaron Burks
- Z receiver: Chris Potter, Dallas Burroughs
- Slot receiver: Kirby Moore, Geraldo Boldewijn
- TE: Chandler Koch, Holden Huff
- LT: Charles Leno, Faraji Wright
- LG: Joe Kellogg, Marcus Henry
- C: Matt Paradis, Spencer Gerke
- RG: Spencer Gerke, Michael Ames
- RT: Brenel Myers, Rees Odhiambo
- DE: Demarcus Lawrence, Tyler Horn
- NT: Mike Atkinson, Greg Grimes
- DT: Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Darren Koontz
- Stud end: Sam Ukwuachu, Beau Martin OR Kharyee Marshall
- MLB: Tommy Smith, Blake Renaud
- WLB: J.C. Percy, Tyler Gray
- N: Dextrell Simmons, Corey Bell OR Jonathan Brown
- CB: Jamar Taylor, Ebo Makinde
- CB: Jerrell Gavins, Deon'tae Florence
- S: Jeremy Ioane, Hazen Moss
- S: Darian Thompson, Dillon Lukehart
- K: Michael Frisina, Dan Goodale
- P: Trevor Harman, Dan Goodale
- KO: Trevor Harman, Dan Goodale
- Holder: Matt Miller, Joe Southwick
- KR: D.J. Harper, Dallas Burroughs
- PR: Chris Potter
- Snapper: Chris Roberson, Kevin Keane
Now for some news and notes and wild speculation:
New-look secondary by necessity
The talent gap between Hightower and Thompson is not nearly as deep and wide as the talent gap between starters and backups at other positions. Losing Lee Hightower is not good, but it is not the Chicken Little scenario of last season's secondary.
For that matter, losing Bryan Douglas is not good, but the Broncos still have their No. 1 and No. 2 corners.
Where these losses hurt is with depth. Who will play when Boise State needs a third cover man? That job was held by Douglas and, at times, Hightower. Who will be the third safety if Jeremy Ioane or Darian Thompson need a breather? Have the current Bronco players reviewed tape of last year's TCU game so they know how nervous I feel right now?
Hey, look over there!
This is the part where I remind you that I mentioned how neat it was that Boise State had escaped relatively injury-free so far this season. Please forgive me for jinxing everything.
Where have all the gaudy numbers gone?
As evidence of Boise State's abnormal season of offense, the statistical leaders in passing, rushing, and receiving may strike you as mediocre. It is certainly not the circus numbers that were routine in the Kellen Moore era. To wit:
- Joe Southwick: 1,678 yards passing (209 yards per game), 9 TDs
- D.J. Harper: 713 yards rushing (seventh-best in conference)
- Matt Miller: 435 yards receiving (54 per game)
Talented players, yeoman stats.
And then there's J.C. Percy
Boise State's all-conference linebacker candidate had 10 more tackles against Wyoming to push his season total to 70. The next closest Bronco is Jamar Taylor with 40 tackles.
Note: Percy would have to have at least 131 tackles to crack the Top 10 all-time at Boise State.)
Is the offensive line hitting its stride?
The Bronco O-line has been the secret ingredient in the success and failure of the Boise State offense so far this season, and if there is one thing that can help the line keep improving, it is experience (also: health, familiarity, and consistency). The Broncos are getting all those things lately from the line, and the team is looking better because of it. Or is it just the cushy defenses BSU has been facing?