"Next man up" is a common term that we hear from sports organizations when starters, and impact players, are not available for one reason or another. Having depth is key when heading into important match ups and Utah State is most definitely an important match up for the Broncos. Keeping the lead in the Mountain Division and establishing dominance for the rest of the season. The Broncos release these things as a matter of courtesy and, what appears to be, out of habit. Who knows what really happens, and who is available, until game day. To the chart!!
- X receiver: Thomas Sperbeck, D.J. Dean, Austin Cottrell
- H receiver: Shane Williams-Rhodes, Terrell Johnson, Akilian Butler
- Z receiver: Chaz Anderson, A.J. Richardson
- LT: Rees Odhiambo, Archie Lewis
- LG: Travis Averill, Andrew Tercek
- C: Marcus Henry, Mason Hampton
- RG: Steven Baggett, Kellen Buhr, Tennessee Su'esu'e
- RT: Mario Yakoo, Archie Lewis, Jerhen Ertel
- TE: Jake Roh, Holden Huff, Jake Hardee, Alec Dhaenens
- QB: Brett Rypien, Thomas Stuart, Alex Ogle
- RB: Jeremy McNichols, Kelsey Young, Devan Demas, Jack Fields
- DE: Tyler Horn, Sam McCaskill
- NT: Armand Nance, Robert Ash
- DT: Justin Taimatuia, Tutulupeatu Mataele, Elloit Hoyte
- STUD: Kamalei Correa, Jabril Frazier, Durrant Miles
- WLB: Ben Weaver OR Tyler Gray, Leighton Vander Esch
- MLB: Tanner Vallejo, Joe Martarano, Darren Lee
- N: Chanceller James, Mercy Maston
- CB: Donte Deayon, Tyler Horton
- S: Kameron Miles, Skyler Seibold
- S: Darian Thompson, Cameron Hartsfield
- CB: Jonathon Moxey, Raymond Ford
- K: Tyler Rausa, Blake Gonzalez
- HOLD: Sean Wale
- SNAP: Kevin Keane, Matt Cota
- P: Sean Wale
- KO: Tyler Rausa, Blake Gonzalez
- KR: Jeremy McNichols, Kelsey Young
- PR: Shane Williams-Rhodes, Donte Deayon
Notes and wild speculation
- Is Terrell Johnson the real number two behind SWR? Feels as though Butler gets more play time. He's got two rushes (one that went for a touchdown), and two receptions. And Johnson? Well, like Rodney Dangerfield, apparently he can't get any respect. I was impressed that Tanner Vallejo was playing on both sides of the ball now. But, that is not really the case. Sharing numbers is an odd thing.
- The offensive line remains unchanged from the Colorado State game. Odhiambo was nicked up during the game, though, trying to recover a fumble. Encouragingly enough, though, he was able to return. But seeing a starter have to leave is never a good thing.
- Holden Huff has been making his appearances count. With only ten receptions on the season, he has two touchdowns for his efforts. Unfortunately he is the only tight end that has recorded any touchdowns for the season. While the tight ends, as a group, have been coming up big when it counted (looking at you Lucero) the targets seem low.
- McNichols is still on the depth chart. But could very well be moot considering his concussion during the Rams game. Not good not being able to come back. On a short turnaround against Utah State he could be questionable for actual time for Utah State.
- Turner still gone. Still a bummer.
- Vallejo pulling double duty tackling fools and catching passes. Only one of those is a real "thing." Good thing we all know which is which.
- Chanceller James with the Hammer, well-deserved. James played phenomenal during the Rams game. Five tackles and a sack when it mattered. James or Maston in the nickel is comforting.
- Deayon is now on the clock for an INT to catch up with Thompson. Utah State better know better than to throw the ball his way. I vote they test him and see what happens.
- Moxey joining in on the fun as much as he can. And in hilarious fashion. He also added two solid pass break ups. I'll take those as well.
- Did any media at the game get any Rausa high-fives? Opportunity wasted if not.
It is "business as usual" in regards to what is on paper. But what about actual on-field results? Do what we expect match what what is on the field? How about players that have been capitalizing on the time they have been given? Want to see more of Lucero? Butler? Demas? Leave some thoughts below.