Before moving on from Boise State's spring practice to Boise State's long offseason, let's take one last look at what went down during the Broncos' busy two months.
Which Bronco player gained 29 pounds since last season? What ever happened to the vaunted redshirt linebackers? And why is everyone forgetting about Jerrell Gavins? Join me after the jump for answers, questions, and more.
Boise State's Biggest Loser: Byron Hout, and therefore WAC offenses
Via OBNUG reader statguy: Boise State released its spring prospectus, which features plenty of Bronco-centric stats and bios and also an updated roster with new player measurables. And me being the Microsoft Excel fan that I am, I pumped all the info into a spreadsheet and compared the Broncos' new weights to the weights listed on the old roster.
Which Bronco player made the biggest gains? Survey says ... OT Charles Leno who pulled a Joshua Burnbalm and gained 29 pounds in Boise State's weight program.
Twenty-nine pounds? That's like half of
LaTech kicker Matt Nelson this guy.
Joining Leno in packing on muscle were FB Joey Paul (21 extra pounds), DT Darren Koontz (18), WR Preston Minter (17), and DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who went from 282 to 301 but really once you hit 285 who's counting?
On the other end of the spectrum, new MLB Byron Hout dropped the most weight, losing 14 pounds. Hout was far and away the biggest loser, easily besting Carlo Audagnotti (8) and Matt Paradis (6). A faster, lighter Hout is a much more dangerous Hout. Sorry, Ryan Colburn.
Here is the complete chart of Bronco weight gains and losses. How much did your favorite player change?
|Player||2009 weight||2010 weight||Difference|
|Davis, John Michael||210||210||0|
You've been riddled: Answers to OBNUG's spring questions
Back in early March when people still knew who Michael Coughlin was, Drew came up with four questions for Boise State spring practice. Let's check the answer guide.
Q: Will Pete Kwiatkowski start changing the Bronco defense?
A: Yes. Kwiatkowski's defense appeared to be more aggressive and more exotic this spring. He has kept a lot of the same elements as Justin Wilcox (i.e., the 3-3-5), but he seems to be willing to use them more often.
Q: Which 2009 redshirts are going to start imposing their will?
A: CB Ebo Makinde, WR Aaron Burks, WR Geraldo Hiwat, OT Faraji Wright, and DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. Not on the list are RB Malcolm Johnson, who missed the first scrimmage, and DT Matt Paradis, whose injury paved the way for walk-on DT David Cushing to shine.
Q: Will Kellen Moore ever take a step back?
A: Yes. It was not Kellen Moore's best spring ever and not just because it would be hard to top the spring of 1997 when the Moore family splurged for a VCR with a slow motion button. Moore's numbers were down in both scrimmages - a fact that will be immediately lost on everyone who writes a college football preview magazine.
Q: Allen Mooney or John Michael Davis?
A: Neither. Mooney was ruled out for the spring with a leg injury, and Davis soon joined him on the sideline with an elbow injury. The two highly-touted LB recruits were expected to shine this spring, but perhaps they prefer the Derrell Acrey rise to stardom - slow, frustrating, and cautiously optimistic every spring.
Getting a head start on Fall Camp
We learned a lot from spring practice. We will learn a lot more from Fall Camp. With that in mind, here are some early questions related to Boise State's fall practice.
- Will it be Jerrell Gavins, Jamar Taylor, or Ebo Makinde starting at corner?
- Where will JC transfer Tyrone Crawford fit in?
- Which true freshmen will play right away? Jeremy Ioane? Matt Miller?
- Is D.J. Harper 100 percent?
- Is Austin Pettis?
- Will Jason Robinson be back in the fold?
- Will any other Broncos be making position changes?
- Wither Mikey Tamburo?
- What changes will occur on the Bronco offensive line by the VT game?
- Is Nate Potter a forever guard?
- Has Kyle Brotzman cured his left hash issues?
What questions are you getting ready for Boise State's Fall Camp?
Graham Watson's spring wrap touched on the Broncos' need to replace Kyle Wilson with either Jamar Taylor or Ebo Makinde. No Jerrell Gavins? At the time, I thought it was just a Watson oversight, but the same thing happened on BroncoSports.com spring wrap-up.
Makinde's play, along with that of physical sophomore Jamar Taylor, will help Bronco fans (and coaches) breathe a little easier with the loss of future NFL corner Kyle Wilson.
Did something happen to Jerrell Gavins in the last 36 hours that I do not know about?
Brian Murphy got out his CFB Superconference erector set yesterday and wrote up a plan that did not include the Broncos. Statesman commenters were understandably illiterate about the whole thing. In lieu of my responding to Murphy's take, let me point you all to discussions we had months ago on the topic. (HT: Intern)
And the long offseason begins. There are three-and-a-half months until Boise State hits the field again for Fall Camp on August 6. What are we going to do with ourselves until then? Plenty. The OBNUG team has daily content planned all through the spring and summer, so get ready for some speculation, hyperbole, and Mark Johnson jokes. We'll get through it together.