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Boise State depth chart versus Toledo: Answers to Boise State's backfield, kickoffs

I have good news and bad news for Toledo. The bad news is that the Boise State depth chart is pretty much the same as the one that beat New Mexico State 59-0. The good news is, um, well ... Trevor Harman is kicking off?

After the jump, I examine the Bronco roster and share some thoughts on Jeremy Avery, Chris Potter, Harman, and more. Are you happy with Avery's role in the offense? Does Potter remind you of Marty Tadman? Let's discuss.

Boise State offense

Boise State defense

Z - 2 Austin Pettis 6-3 203 Sr.
82 Geraldo Hiwat 6-4 195 Fr.

X - 1 Titus Young 5-11 175 Sr.
18 Aaron Burks 6-2 187 Fr.

H - 89 Tyler Shoemaker 6-1 215 Jr.
3 Chris Potter 5-9 160 So.
29 Tyler Jackson 6-0 199 So.

LT - Nate Potter 6-6 300 Jr.
78 Charles Leno 6-3 272 Fr.

LG - Joe Kellogg 6-2 299 So.
55 Chuck Hayes 6-2 289 Jr.

C - 66 Thomas Byrd 5-11 281 Jr.
79 Bronson Durrant 6-3 264 So.

RG - 59 Will Lawrence 6-2 291 Sr.
61 Joe Kellogg 6-2 299 So.

RT - 72 Matt Slater 6-4 267 Sr.
64 Brenel Myers 6-2 272 So.

TE - 85 Tommy Gallarda 6-5 259 Sr.
80 Kyle Efaw 6-4 232 Jr.
88 Chandler Koch 6-2 238 So.
87 Gabe Linehan 6-3 233 Fr.

QB - 11 Kellen Moore 6-0 191 Jr.
7 Michael Coughlin 6-5 221 Sr.
or 15 Joe Southwick 6-1 195 Fr.

RB - 22 Doug Martin 5-9 212 Jr.
27 Jeremy Avery 5-9 174 Sr.
26 Matt Kaiserman 6-0 200 So.

FB - 47 Dan Paul 6-0 241 Jr.
42 Jake Hess 5-10 227 So.

E - 98 Ryan Winterswyk 6-4 270 Sr.

96 Jarrell Root 6-3 257 Jr.
or 40 Tyrone Crawford 6-4 275 Jr.

T - 90 Billy Winn 6-4 288 Jr.
43 Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe 6-3 292 Fr.

N - 97 Chase Baker 6-1 295 Jr.
99 Michael Atkinson 6-0 327 So.
50 J.P. Nisby 6-1 301 Jr.

SE - 92 Shea McClellin 6-3 254 Jr.
96 Jarrell Root 6-3 257 Jr.
or 41 Kharyee Marshall 6-1 212 Fr.

MIKE- 94 Byron Hout 6-0 223 Jr.
52 Derrell Acrey 6-1 238 Sr.
33 Tommy Smith 6-1 228 So.

WILL- 36 Aaron Tevis 6-3 232 Jr.
or J.C. Percy 6-0 217 So.

S 23 Jeron Johnson 5-11 198 Sr.
30 Travis Stanaway 5-11 191 Jr.

S 8 George Iloka 6-3 209 Jr.
16 Cedric Febis 6-3 204 Jr.

N 17 Winston Venable 5-11 220 Sr.
25 Hunter White 5-11 217 Jr.

CB 21 Jamar Taylor 5-11 191 So.
4 Jerrell Gavins 5-9 174 Jr.

CB 13 Brandyn Thompson 5-10 177 Sr.
37 Ebo Makinde 5-11 171 Fr.
31 Antwon Murray 5-11 170 Jr.



PK - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 197 Sr.

84 Jimmy Pavel 5-9 221 So.

KO - 14 Trevor Harman 6-2 197 Fr.
35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 197 Sr.

HD - 2 Austin Pettis 6-3 203 Sr.

P - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 197 Sr.
49 Brad Elkin 6-2 202 Sr.

SNP - 94 Byron Hout 6-0 223 Jr.
or 44 Chris Roberson 6-0 226 So.

KR - 4 Titus Young 5-11 175 Sr.
22 Doug Martin 5-9 212 Jr.

PR - 1 Titus Young 5-11 175 Sr.
or 3 Chris Potter 5-9 160 So.


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! Trevor Harman kickoffs are my least favorite thing in the world!

I was wrong about Jeremy Avery, as usual

If there's one thing you may have learned about me by now it is that I am wrong quite often. Case in point, every time I talk about Jeremy Avery. I predicted that Avery would be the team's starting running back for Week One. He wasn't. I predicted that Avery would not see a significant increase in carries once D.J. Harper went down for the year. He did.

Avery had eight carries against the Aggies and was in on the alternating series that Harper would usually come in. This is still Doug Martin's backfield, but he is definitely letting Avery subletting the figurative mother-in-law apartment in the backfield. Also, Matt Kaiserman has parked his RV outside.

Were you happy with Avery's production on Saturday?

Bronco coaches were; they named him offensive player of the game.

Slater for Myers and Myers for Slater and who really has any idea any more?

The only change from last week's depth chart among the starting 22 was Slater subbing back in for Myers. But since that happens every week, it's not really much of a change now is it?

Trevor Harman officially wins kickoff role, based on some sort of reparations I assume

Harman's kickoff kicking has not been, what's the word, good. He kicks long, short, left, and right pretty much willy-nilly, which is a big reason why the Bronco kickoff coverage has looked like garbage. I have two solutions for this:

  1. Onside kicks all the time.
  2. Make Kyle Brotzman or Jimmy Pavel kick off.

I'm leaning toward No. 1.

Jason Robinson and Daron Mackey are back, somewhere

The return of Robinson and Mackey from team suspension happened last week, but the two former depth chart participants are not around for this week's version. Let this be a lesson to us all: Do not punch people and/or fail to report to court. Unless you play football at Idaho. In which case you'll be a starter.

Vote Kellen Moore for Davey O'Brien, why not

I guess this is as good a time as any to remind you to vote for Kellen Moore for the Davey O'Brien award. User vote counts for five percent. Moore is currently tied for first with Baylor's Robert Griffith and Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson. In fourth place is Houston's Terrance Broadway, and I'm not even sure that's a real name.

Who will be this week's No. 2 quarterback?

The future votes for Joe Southwick. The homecoming touchy-feelies vote for senior Michael Coughlin. Bryan Harsin votes for whoever does better in practice (apparently Southwick last week). Why can I not bet on this type of thing in Vegas?

Chris Potter assumes role of most Marty Tadman-like punt returner

This is either because Potter is indeed a lot like Tadman in his return style (patient, smart, secretly explosive) or because I see the world through Marty Tadman glasses. Hey look at that gutsy grocery bagger. Tadman-esque! Smart use of bluetooth functionality, Ford Fusion. Very Tadman-like!

I need to get out more.

Ryan Winterswyk sack watch enters Week Five

Hide the women and children and Austin Dantin.


  • Is it too soon to write the final chapter of Derrell Acrey's Bronco career biography Expectations: What Up With That? I may be mistaken, but it sure seemed like Tommy Smith was seeing snaps before Acrey on Saturday, and I know I am not mistaken when I say that Byron Hout is leaps and bounds ahead of him on the depth chart.
  • Is this the week that the swinging gate formation returns to wreak havoc on opposing special teams and our score predictions? Just in case, I should probably pick a 64-0 final.
  • Hunter White did just fine filling in for Winston Venable, don't you think? Also, it helps playing New Mexico State.
  • One of the best surprises so far this year is the offensive line, not only because they're good but also because the same five or six have started every game so far. Where is Dustin Lapray to chronicle this phenomenon? Isn't this what moleskin notebooks were made for?

Your turn

What did you think of Avery's involvement in the offense? Any feelings on whether Trevor Harman can handle things? Will this be the week that Ryan Winterswyk gets his first sack? Share your thoughts in the comments.