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Boise State depth chart versus Idaho: Players let the depth chart do the talking

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

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- 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.

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! 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.

Your turn

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?