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Boise State depth chart versus Fresno State: Oh, hello again, Derrell Acrey

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Byron Hout's potential season-ending injury is the biggest news on this week's depth chart, and it gives us reason once again to talk about Derrell Acrey. And five months before Easter, at that!

Boise State's linebacking corps, the emergence of Jonathan Brown, Doug Martin's 1,000-yard season, and more are covered after the jump. And you're encouraged to share your thoughts on the players who have caught your eye in recent weeks. Let's discuss.


Boise State offense

Boise State defense

Z - 2 Austin Pettis 6-3 203 Sr.
20 Mitch Burroughs 5-9 188 So.
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 - 73 Nate Potter 6-6 300 Jr.
78 Charles Leno 6-3 272 Fr.

LG - 75 Faraji Wright 6-3 282 So.
61 Joe Kellogg 6-2 299 So.

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

RG - 59 Will Lawrence 6-2 291 Sr.
55 Chuck Hayes 5-2 289 Jr.

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

TE - 80 Kyle Efaw 6-4 232 Jr.
87 Gabe Linehan 6-3 233 Fr.
88 Chandler Koch 6-2 238 So.

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.
50 J.P. Nisby 6-1 301 Jr.
91 Greg Grimes 6-0 271 So.

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

MIKE- 52 Derrell Acrey 6-1 238 Sr.
33 Tommy Smith 6-1 228 So.
45 Daron Mackey 5-11 240 Sr.

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.

14 Trevor Harman 6-2 197 Fr.

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.
14 Trevor Harman 6-2 197 Fr.

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

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

PR - 3 Chris Potter 5-9 160 So.
20 Mitch Burroughs 5-9 188 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! Daron Mackey has never been more important!

Note: Boise State's official depth chart has yet to be released to the public. What you see above is last week's with my best guesses at what this week's looks like.

Byron Hout breaks foot, Derrell Acrey matters again

Remember Derrell Acrey? He's suddenly one of the most important players on the Boise State defense now that Byron Hout has gone down with a broken foot and the schedule has fated the Fresno and Nevada run games in back-to-back weeks. How does that make you feel?

I feel slightly queasy, a little anxious, and mostly hopeful that the player most like Byron Hout in my mind - J.C. Percy - actually ends up getting the majority of the run defense snaps.

Don't get me wrong. Derrell Acrey is a good linebacker and a great linebacker against the pass. For whatever reason, he just has never seemed to put it together to become the complete linebacker that Hout was becoming. I feel more confident with a linebacking duo of Aaron Tevis and Percy, perhaps because I've seen Percy make plays in the running game over the course of the season and I haven't seen Acrey do that.

Of course, Daron Mackey will probably get the start and render all these paragraphs moot.

Which linebacker do you hope fills in most often for Hout?

It's time for Bob Gregory to earn his keep

Gregory, the former Cal defensive coordinator turned Bronco linebackers coach, has his work cut out for him with Hout out of the lineup. I expect big things. Like moving Jarvis Hodge to linebacker!

Joe Kellogg probable for Fresno game according to America's favorite newspaper

The USA Today seems to think that Kellogg will be good to go this week. How do they know this and, say, Boise State's entire staff of beat reports does not? Wiretaps, obviously.

Has Jonathan Brown passed Hunter White on the depth chart?

Brown was in the Idaho game early and often on Friday night, and his playing time has slowly and steadily increased throughout the season. I like Brown. He reminds me of Doug Martin when Martin played defense - fast, hard, and smart. Speaking of which, remember the time when Martin played defense? That was weird.

Doug Martin nearing 1,000-yard mark, canonization

Martin is 134 yards away from a 1,000-yard season, a figure that he should reach easily if not this week then certainly next week against Nevada's touch football defense. With four games remaining (including a bowl game), Martin has a chance to crack the Top Five of all-time Boise State rushing seasons. Here's the list:

Rank Player Yards Season
1 Ian Johnson 1,713 2006
2 Brock Forsey 1,611 2002
3 Cedric Minter 1,526 1978
4 K.C. Adams 1,275 1994
5 Chris Jackson 1,273 1987

Martin averages 96 yards per game, so if you extrapolate that number across the rest of his four games, he'd finish with 1,250 yards. (Note: Numbers not adjusted for Utah State sucking wind).

Here are some other notable milestones and records that are within reach for certain Broncos:

  • Kellen Moore needs 210 yards to become the all-time passing yardage leader at Boise State, surpassing Ryan Dinwiddie (9,819).
  • Moore needs 390 yards to reach 10,000 for his career.
  • Titus Young is 176 yards away from a 1,000-yard season and 80 yards away from the all-time career receiving yardage record at Boise State (Ryan Ikebe, 2,751).
  • Young and Pettis will be 1-2 on the all-time receiving yardage list if Pettis gets 270 more yards this season.
  • Titus Young needs 369 yards to have the top receiving yardage season ever at Boise State. The current record is 1,192 by Tim Gilligan in 2003.
  • Jeremy Avery needs 260 yards to pass Rodney Webster (1980-1983) for fifth on the Broncos' all-time rushing list.
  • Anyone remember Rodney Webster? I don't.

Second-team offense: You're doing it wrong

Joe Southwick looked like a backup quarterback for really the first time all year, and it wasn't pretty. Was I the only one who thought he looked directly at the free rusher coming from his blindside and still fumbled the ball away as if he never saw the hit coming? That was weird, to say the least, and not just because the free rusher looked like Stephanie from Full House.

Boise State likes these players, so I like these players

Boise State's internal players of the week against Idaho were quarterback Kellen Moore (offense), defensive tackle Chase Baker (defense), punt returner Chris Potter (special teams), defensive tackle J.P. Nisby (linemen), and nickel Winston Venable (Hammer).


  • I saw Brenel Myers get beat badly on a rush late in the Idaho game. He has fallen quite precipitously this season, hasn't he?
  • What becomes of Faraji Wright now that Joe Kellogg may be back? Offensive line rotation, that's what.
  • J.P. Nisby is getting better by the week.
  • I am glad to see Gabe Linehan become a bigger part of the offense. And I kind of hope those under-bicep tattoos are temporary.

Your turn

How do you think the Broncos will handle their linebacking corps this week? Do you want a freshly injured Joe Kellogg or a well tuned Faraji Wright? Can Doug Martin get to 1,250 yards this year? Share your thoughts in the comments.