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Final pregame thoughts: The future of Boise State's depth chart

Boise State and New Mexico play Saturday (4:00 p.m. MT, The Mtn) in what will be the final home game for 21 BSU seniors. Bronco Stadium will be a buzzsaw of emotion. Fans will be verklempt. Someone will upload the whole thing to YouTube and set it to the tune of "Bittersweet Symphony" by Verb Pipe. It will be sad, strange times.

One reason for all the emotion is that Bronco Nation can hardly imagine what life will be like without a group of players that fans have grown to know and love. So to prepare you for the future, I put together a proposed Bronco depth chart, sans seniors. Check it out after the jump, and add your thoughts and feelings in the comments.

Bold = Returning starter

Italics = New starter

Qb_medium Rb_medium Fb_medium
Joe Southwick
D.J. Harper
Dan Paul
Grant Hedrick
Jay Ajayi OR
Chandler Koch
Jimmy Laughrea OR
Malcolm Johnson
Nick Patti
Z_medium X_medium H_medium Te_medium
Mitch Burroughs Matt Miller Kirby Moore
Gabe Linehan
Aaron Burks
Geraldo Boldewijn Chris Potter Kyle Sosnowski
Troy Ware
Dallas Burroughs Holden Huff
Lt_medium Lg_medium C_medium Rg_medium Rt_medium
Faraji Wright
Joe Kellogg Cory Yriarte
Jake Broyles
Charles Leno
Chris Tozer
Spencer Gerke Matt Paradis
Brenel Myers Michael Ames
Bronson Durrant
E_medium T_medium N_medium E_medium
Tyler Horn
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe
Mike Atkinson
Darren Koontz
Kharyee Marshall
Greg Grimes
Jeff Worthy
Nick Alexander
Robert Ash
Mlb_medium Wlb_medium
Tommy Smith
J.C. Percy
Dillon Lukehart
Blake Renaud
Cb_medium N_medium S_medium S_medium Cb_medium
Jerrell Gavins
Jonathan Brown
Lee Hightower
Quaylon Ewing-Burton
Jamar Taylor
Bryan Douglas
Dextrell Simmons
Jeremy Ioane Taylor Loffler
Ebo Makinde
Corey Bell
Josh Borgman
Pk_medium Ko_medium Hd_medium P_medium Snp_medium
Dan Goodale OR Trevor Harman Joe Southwick
Trevor Harman
Chris Roberson
Michael Frisina OR
Dan Goodale
Jake Van Ginkel
Kr_medium Pr_medium
Mitch Burroughs Mitch Burroughs
Dallas Burroughs Chris Potter
Drew Wright

The good news ...

  • Four of the five Boise State lineman will be returning starters. I lumped Cory Yriarte and Jake Broyles into this group since both guys started several games this year. Broyles suffered a season-ending injury early on, and Yriarte subbed for Thomas Byrd for the better half of the season.
  • The skill positions aren't as bad as you think. Assuming quarterback is not a skill, that is.
  • Boise State will have two of the best corners in the West.

The bad news ...

  • Those two corners are the only defensive starters to return. Technically, Jonathan Brown, J.C. Percy, and Tommy Smith have been co-starters at their respective positions all season, but the majority of the starts went to Hunter White, Aaron Tevis, and Byron Hout - all of whom will be gonzo.
  • Quarterback derby.
  • Open tryouts at defensive end. Bring your cleats and a permission slip.

Your turn

What do you think about Boise State's future depth chart? What positions give you the greatest hope? What positions give you the greatest ulcers? Share your thoughts in the comments.