Boise State has yet to update its depth chart download for tomorrow's game, but it will take more than no information or sources to keep me from speculating. What you see below is the depth chart vs. Miami (OH). What follows that is my random musings on what the Boise State offense, defense, and special teams are up to this week.
- QB: Joe Southwick, Grant Hedrick, Jimmy Laughrea
- RB: D.J. Harper, Drew Wright
- FB: Dan Paul, Chandler Koch
- X receiver: Matt Miller, Aaron Burks
- Z receiver: Mitch Burroughs, Troy Ware
- Slot receiver: Kirby Moore, Chris Potter
- TE: Gabe Linehan OR Chandler Koch, Holden Huff
- LT: Charles Leno, Faraji Wright
- LG: Joe Kellogg, Marcus Henry
- C: Matt Paradis, Spencer Gerke
- RG: Michael Ames, Brenel Myers
- RT: Jake Broyles, Rees Odhiambo
- DE: Demarcus Lawrence, Tyler Horn
- NT: Mike Atkinson, Greg Grimes
- DT: Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Darren Koontz
- Stud end: Sam Ukwuachu, Beau Martin
- MLB: Tommy Smith, Blake Renaud
- WLB: J.C. Percy, Tyler Gray
- N: Dextrell Simmons, Corey Bell OR Jonathan Brown
- CB: Jamar Taylor, Ebo Makinde
- CB: Jerrell Gavins, Bryan Douglas
- S: Jeremy Ioane, Hazen Moss
- S: Lee Hightower, Darian Thompson
- K: Michael Frisina, Dan Goodale
- P: Trevor Harman, Dan Goodale
- KO: Trevor Harman, Dan Goodale
- Holder: Matt Miller, Joe Southwick
- KR: D.J. Harper, Mitch Burroughs
- PR: Mitch Burroughs OR Chris Potter
- Snapper: Chris Roberson, Kevin Keane
Now for some news and notes and wild speculation:
Barring fumbleitis, I would say that the running back depth chart goes D.J. Harper then Jack Fields then Drew Wright then Jay Ajayi. One of these weeks (probably not this one, probably the New Mexico one), we'll get our Ajayi fix.
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, out last week with an unnamed suspension, is eligible and able to play versus BYU. Way to time those suspensions right, Ricky!
In Tjong-A-Tjoe's absence, true freshman (and converted fullback) Armand Nance played admirably on the second team defensive tackle group. I noticed him on a couple of occasions making plays with his strength and his mind (sniffing out a screen pass). I liked what I saw.
With Jake Broyles on the injured list, Brenel Myers got his first start in what seemed like a lifetime. How long ago was that Fiesta Bowl win over TCU? Ages? Eons? At least two Vegas Bowls ago.
The coming out party for Aaron Burks has been slow and steady and it raises the question: What role does Dallas Burroughs have in the offense? Burks seems to be the deep threat and true freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes seems to be the jitterbug, fly-sweep, speedster, and those are two of the things that Burroughs does best. Plus, how does this all change when Geraldo Boldewijn gets off his suspension? Inquiring minds (mine) want to know.
Bryan Douglas is my surprise player of the season-to-date. I never saw him coming, not even a little bit. Having a player the caliber of Douglas in the secondary gives the Broncos a lot of advantages. One is moving Jamar Taylor onto the slot receiver in nickel packages, which is just simply unfair.
Speaking of weird formation things, did anyone else notice defensive end Sam Ukwuachu lining up over a receiver in Miami (OH)'s spread formations? I did, and it was weird.
What do you think this week's depth chart should look like? Share your thoughts in the comments.