April 16, 2012; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos linebacker Tommy Smith (33) and Jeremy Ioane (10) celebrate Ioane's interception of receiver Chris Potters (not pictured) pass during the spring game at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE
Of course, when I say "players to watch," I mean "watch" in the figurative sense since Boise State football practice is closed to the public. You'll have to watch for these players in your newspapers and on your blogs, if the Broncos allow that even. They do like their privacy.
1. Blake Renaud - The sophomore linebacker-turned-wrecking-ball was everywhere in spring practice and might be one of the most dynamic defenders the Broncos have. He grabbed something like five INTs, which is an incredible feat for a man of his girth (250 pounds, charitably). Can he beat out Tommy Smith for starting MLB duties?
2. Jay Ajayi - Recovered from last season's ACL tear, Ajayi will finally get his chance to show his stuff this fall as he vies for a spot in the running back rotation with Drew Wright. If he is as good as advertised, Bronco fans will be in for a treat. Do note, though, that advertising was pretty good for the Vanilla Frosty and ... well ...
3. Trevor Harman - Boise State's starting punter and kickoff specialist has a booming leg but has not qualified for the Broncos' worldwide search for a consistent placekicker. Maybe he'll wow coaches enough this fall to get a shot at pulling double duty. Or maybe he'll just have to resort to punting through the uprights to send a passive-aggressive message.
4. Jerrell Gavins - Fresh off of knee surgery (who isn't fresh off knee surgery on this roster?), Gavins will look to pick up where he left off last season as the team's leading interceptor and an All-American candidate. Get ready for practice reports of interceptions and turnovers with the names of the guilty quarterbacks conveniently left out.
5. Jake Broyles - Another formerly injured Bronco, Broyles is expected to start at right guard this year, the same spot he held down before his injury in 2011. He could be pushed by Brenel Myers and Spencer Gerke in camp, which is kind of rude. No pushing!
6. Kirby Moore - It seems like every offseason we plan parties around Moore's breakout season. Well this year, I'm feeling pretty good about it happening. I got a no-refunds bounce house and everything. From the sound of things, Moore is ready to step into the slot receiver role vacated by Tyler Shoemaker and do Tyler Shoemaker things (score touchdowns, get tattoos). Still, Chris Potter - Moore's slot receiver running mate - lurks. He's small, so it's hard not to lurk.
7. Jeremy Ioane - The frontrunner for Cedric Febis's safety spot, Ioane has a big opportunity to make some noise this fall. If he doesn't, the options behind him are guys like Hazen Moss and Eric Agbaroji - guys whose names sound familiar but you're not entirely sure why (you slept on your game program, that's why; osmosis works in strange ways).
What players will you be watching this fall? Who should make this list that didn't? Share your thoughts in the comments.