In case you didn't hear, Coach Pete decided to shut down player interviews this week due to the short week and the intensity of this game. And he probably didn't want his players saying anything stupid about U or I's president. The local media didn't like the decision this week. We prefer to look for hidden messages in the depth chart.
Continue reading for my analysis of what the Broncos have in store for Idaho this week and feel free to add your take in the comments. Plus, get a look at the Boise State Idaho depth chart as well as some strategy, notes, and thoughts on this week's personnel.
Boise State offense
Boise State defense
X - 1 Titus Young 5-11 175 Sr.
RT - 72 Matt Slater 6-4 267 Sr.
E - 98 Ryan Winterswyk 6-4 270 Sr.
CB 21 Jamar Taylor 5-11 191 So.
PK - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 197 Sr.
14 Trevor Harman 6-2 197 Fr.
KO - 14 Trevor Harman 6-2 197 Fr.
HD - 2 Austin Pettis 6-3 203 Sr.
P - 35 Kyle Brotzman 5-10 197 Sr.
SNP - 44 Chris Roberson 6-0 226 So.
KR - 4 Titus Young 5-11 175 Sr.
PR - 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! Kyle Efaw better take out an insurance policy on his foot!
Joe Kellogg's something must really be hurting him or something
The great injury panic of 2010 turned out to be waaaay overrated. Kind of like Hawaii. Jeron Johnson played, Branydn Thompson played, Chase Baker played, Aaron Tevis played. And none looked the worse for wear.
And then there's Joe Kellogg. Having perhaps one of the best seasons out of any of the front five linemen (who can really know these things?), Kellogg exited the LaTech game with an injury that left him on crutches and in street clothes. He didn't come back to play last week against Hawaii, and he was hopped on the depth chart by fill-in Faraji Wright for Idaho week.
What's eating Joe Kellogg? What's Joe Kellogg eating? I have no idea, but I wish him better soon.
Faraji Wright's neckroll giving Byron Hout's cowboy collar a run for its money
Wright played a pretty great game against the Warriors, or maybe that's just how I remember it because I was so entranced by that awesome neckroll. I would wear a neckroll around in my sports coat if I thought the integrity of Old Navy stitching would hold.
Doug Martin has average game, not enough people calling him Muscle Hamster
Either that or the Broncos need some time to get used to Tommy Gallarda not being around and Joe Kellogg being Faraji Wright.
Or maybe Hawaii was just really good at stopping the run.
Hahahahaha, the former, obviously.
Ryan Winterswyk sack watch is over! Hooray!
Winterswyk was awarded a half sack for what probably should have been a Jonathan Brown full sack that Winterswyk kind of shoehorned his way into by flopping on top of Bryant Moniz as he went to the ground. Oh well! It counts.
Winterswyk's sack total is now up to 1.5 on the year, including the one phantom sack from the Toledo game that most certainly did not belong to him. So congratulations to Winterswyk and his family. We can now all move on to George Iloka interception watch.
How will Boise State replace Tommy Gallarda? With Ryan Winterswyk
I don't pretend to know every single solution the Broncos have for Gallarda's absence in the lineup, but I do recognize star defensive players when they are doing clearly non-defensive things. And sure enough, there was Winterswyk mulling around the offensive huddle in a short-yardage situation in the second half. I saw him plain as day. Here's hoping he becomes the Mike Vrabel of Boise State.
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Geraldo Hiwat had three catches for 75 yards against Hawaii, and Gabe Linehan had two catches for 23. Cherish them. They are our future.
(No offense, Aaron Burks.) (Speaking of which, did anyone see Aaron Burks?)
This is now a thing: Teams treating Chris Potter like the lovechild of Devin Hester and Dave Meggett
Hawaii kicked away from Potter every single chance they got, which was nine chances total, only three of which Potter returned. Raise your hand if you thought Chris Potter was going to be a feared punt returner at the start of the year. Liars! There is no way you could have known this.
- Kyle Brotzman's dependable from, what, 20 yards out on field goals? I really have no idea. His PATs looked fine; his 50-plus-yard field goal did not.
- While we're on the topic of Brotzman, if you were a Hawaii defender and Austin Pettis and Kyle Brotzman were running the option in your general vicinity, would you ever not take Pettis? I don't get that one.
- I salute you, Trevor Harman, for not sucking win on kickoffs. In fact, Harman's kickoffs were quite good - nicely angled, relatively long (for the most part) - and the coverage was better than it's been in quite a while.
- Kellen Moore has thrown three interceptions in two games. Shiloh Keo must be very excited wherever he is, probably an Arby's, with his shirt off.
- Did anyone else see Tommy Smith at fullback? I did.
What special plays do you think the Broncos have in store for the Vandals? Do you think Joe Southwick sees the field in the first half due to a blowout? Does Coach Pete let Kellen play the whole game no matter the score?