I won't be at the game this Friday, but I'll be there in spirit. I sure hope my spirit does some good tailgating...it loves bratwurst.
We've got just 3 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #3 on the Boise State roster—
#3, Chris Potter, Senior, WR
Weight: 159 lbs.
High School: Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Potter was a four-year letterman for Oaks Christian, one of the top programs in California. Most of Potter's career was spent shagging balls from Jimmy Clausen, but after Clausen's departure the versatile Potter switched to QB and the team hardly skipped a beat. He was named all-state three times and earned first-team All-Tri Valley honors three times. As a senior, Potter received first-team All-CIF honors and was named the LA Daily News Offensive Player of Year. Potter also earned co-MVP honors in Tri Valley League his senior season after accounting for 40 total touchdowns (21 passing and 19 running) and completing 70 percent of his passes. As a wide receiver (his freshman, sophomore and junior years), Potter caught 117 passes for Oaks. Rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, Potter also fielded offers from Kentucky. Mississippi State, and Colorado State. He was the first Bronco commit of the 2008 class.
He's a punt return wizard or something.
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Still getting a Tony Hawk vibe from Chris.
Played in 10 games for the Broncos in 2011 with one start coming against Toledo. Second on team (and Mountain West) in punt return average. Ranked 13th nationally in punt return average in 2010. 76-yard punt return touchdown against Vandals. 78-yard TD reception against New Mexico State. Named to 2010 WAC All-Academic team. Played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009. Caught eight passes throughout the season for 60 yards and returned 10 punts with an average of 12.9 yards per return. Named LA Daily News Offensive Player of Year at Oaks Christian.
Potter's 290 career receiving yards and 1 score aren't huge tallies, but the fact that he contributes in so many other ways really makes Potter an invaluable member of the team. Potter brings sure hands and the same type of one-cut burst to the return game that we'd previously seen in players like Kyle Wilson, Chris Carr, and Tim Gilligan—and he routinely makes teams pay. Last season, Potter's 55-yard return against Georgia was a real spark for the Broncos, and the year before, his 76-yard punt return TD against Idaho was devastating to the hope-filled Vandals and hilarious for all watching. Another dimension that Potter brings to the Broncos is his running ability...he's been one of the primary players utilized when the Broncos line up in the wildcat formation and can tuck and run, hand off, or pass. This season, we may still see Potter line up in the wildcat, although I think that Grant Hedrick might also be an option there as he's a bit more accomplished a passer. Wherever we see Potter lined up this season he has the ability to score...he's an explosive playmaker that plays bigger than his stature would indicate. Side note: he's no longer the lightest player on the team—true freshmen Donte Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes are both lighter, although he is still lighter than 5'5" placekicker Michael Frisina...how embarrassing. I expect big things from Potter his senior season. He has nothing to lose and I think he'll want to plug and play wherever the team needs him. Go get'em, Chris.
Completely made up fact
Potter still holds the high-score on the C.O.W. Boys of Moo Mesa arcade game at the Westlake Village Round Table Pizza. To this day, it's his finest accomplishment.