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Projected 2022 Depth Chart (Pre Fall Camp) - Updated

The Broncos begin their fall camp in just a few days where several position battles will be fought out and starters will be decided. At Mountain West Media days Coach Avalos did give us a glimpse into some of the position changes and likely starters.

Let's take a look at my projected 2022 Depth Chart (Pre Fall Camp):

OFFENSE

POSITION

1st String

2nd String

3rd String

QB

Hank Bachmeier SR

Sam Vidlak RS FR

Jaylen Green RS FR

RB

George Holani SO

Ashton Jeanty FR

or

Elelyon Noa RS SO

Tyler Crowe RS JR

or

Kaden Dudley RS FR

WR-X

Stefan Cobbs RS SR

Eric McAlister RS FR

Zamondre Merriweather FR

WR-H

LaTrell Caples RS SO

Billy Bowens RS SR

Jalen Richmond RS FR

WR-Z

Davis Koetter 6th YR SR

Austin Bolt RS SO

Shea Whiting RS JR

TE

Riley Smith RS SR

Kurt Rafdal 6th YR SR

Tyneil Hopper RS SR

LT

John Ojukwu 6th YR SR

Mason Randolph RS FR

Cord Kringlen RS FR

LG

Will Farrar 6th YR SR

Dallas Holliday RS JR

Nathan Cardona RS SO

C

Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez RS SR

Will Farrar 6th YR SR

RG

Ben Dooley RS JR

Garrett Curran RS JR

Dalton Lins RS SR

RT

Cade Baresford RS SR

Joseph Amos RS FR

Julian Simpson RS JR

DEFENSE

POSITION

1st String

2nd String

3rd String

DE

Deven Wright JR

OR

Andy Nwaoko RS SO

Cortez Hogans RS SR

Gabe Hunter RS SO

NT

Jackson Cravens RS SR

Herbert Gums RS SO

Michael Callahan RS JR

DT

Scott Matlock RS SR

Divine Obichere 5th YR SR

Ahmed Hassanein SO

EDGE

Demitri Washington RS SR

George Tarlas 6th YR SR

James Wilborn RS FR

WLB

Isaiah Bagnah RS JR

Brandon Hawkins RS SR

Andrew Simpson RS FR

MLB

Zeke Noa 6th YR SR

DJ Schramm RS SR

Rejhan Tatum RS FR

OR

Dishawn Misa FR

N

Tyreque Jones 6th YR SR

Roman Kafentzis 6th YR SR

Seyi Oladipo SO

CB

Tyric LeBeauf RS SR

Kaonohi Kaniho RS SO

Isaiah Bradford RS FR

CB

Caleb Biggers 5th YR SR

Or

Markel Reed SR

Jared Reed 6th YR SR

Jalen Neal RS FR

FS

Seyi Oladipo SO

Rodney Robinson RS SO

Alexander Teubner RS JR

SS

JL Skinner SR

Zion Washington RS FR

Jaylen Clark RS SO

SPECIAL TEAMS

POSITION

1st String

2nd String

3rd String

K

Jonah Dalmas JR

Will Ferrin RS FR

James Ferguson FR

P

James Ferguson FR

Gavin Wale RS JR

Will Ferrin RS FR

Kickoff

Jonah Dalmas JR

Will Ferrin RS FR

KR

Stefan Cobbs RS SR

Ashton Jeanty FR

Taylor Marcum FR

PR

Stefan Cobbs RS SR

Kaden Dudley RS FR

LaTrell Caples RS SO

A few notes:

· Our QB room behind SR Hank Bachmeier is very young and inexperienced. Green will likely see the field more than Vidlak this season due to his running ability I think they'll have a set of plays for him. However, If hank goes down I think Vidlak will get the first chance to fill in. Hopefully Hank can stay healthy so Boise only has to use the backups to help them get experience for next season.

· The RB depth chart was clarified during the spring game. Holani was not part of the game out of precaution so It was all freshman Ashton Jeanty and he looked like a seasoned college veteran. Crowe was the main back behind Jeanty and will likely serve as a goal line/short yardage back. It is also worth noting that Hank ,referring to Holani and Jeanty, said "they'll be a great duo this season."

UPDATE - The Broncos added Zeke Noa's little brother Elelyon Noa from Utah State to the backfield. Noa brings more yards and TDs from last season than any other RB on the broncos roster including Holani. Holani is still the day 1 starter but could he take over the #2 spot from Jeanty? time will tell.

· After losing all 3 starting WRs, Boise has 3 new starters who have modest experience and a bunch of highly talented, yet unproven, young guys waiting in the wings. Stef Cobbs showed that he is the next lead receiver for the broncos leading the team with 6 catches for 61 yards. LaTrell Caples could also see a breakout year. Davis Koetter will likely start opposite Cobbs and although He isn't as electric as other receivers on the roster, he is consistent and reliable. Behind them is Austin Bolt who was targeted often at the spring game but struggled to pull in several catchable balls. Also Eric McAllister and Shea Whiting should see more playing time this season.

UPDATE - RS FR Kaden Dudley was moved to RB for added Depth and should be in the #4-#5 range over there.


  • TE is another position that is pretty clear. Starter Riley Smith will lead the way while 6th year senior Kurt Rafdal will be the man to beat for the #2 TE spot. Next up is Tyneil Hopper and after Hopper a sprinkling of guys like Matt Lauter and Casey Kline.
UPDATE - Walk-on DL Jack Baresford was moved to TE but likely wont see much playing time outside of special teams.

· The O-line has tons of experience and will hopefully be much improved. There is no reason not to have an elite line with LT John Ojukwu, RT Cade Baresford, C KHG, and guards Will Farrar, Ben Dooley, and Garret Curran. Also watch Redshirt Freshman Joseph Amos, who started the spring game, to join the rotation at tackle.

  • The Defensive line returns a lot of experience as well in guys like Scott Matlock, Devine Obechere, Ahmad Hassanein, Jackson Cravens, and Demetri Washington. As well as new guys like George Tarlas, Braxton Fely, and Deven Wright and should be really good this season.

· LB is a spot of concern with so little experience. Zeke Noa is the clear Starter in the middle. Interestingly Avalos mentioned at media days that Edge rusher Isaiah Bagnah has been moved to to Weakside LB and will compete with DJ Schramm Brandon Hawkins and others for the starting role there. The Broncos will be looking to get talented young guys like Rejhan Tatum, Jai Jones, and Dishawn Misa some playing time as well.

UPDATE - redshirt freshman Jai Jones is no longer listed on the roster

· The secondary should be stellar again. JL Skinner and Tyreque Jones will be playin on Sundays after this season as could Tyric LeBeauf, Markel Reed and Caleb Biggers. Kaonohi Kiniho, Isaiah Bradford, and Jalen Neal all look to bring a great future to the CB position. Jones will be taking over the Nickel position left vacant by the older Kaniho while Sophmore Seyi Oladipo takes over Jones' FS spot.

  • Special teams looks great with Jonah Dalmas back and James Ferguson-Reynolds looks like the real deal punting the ball. If either of those two cant go for some reason Will Ferrin looked good as well. The only concern her is at Longsnapper. LS Daniel Cantrell is gone and was probably the most underrated star on the team the last few seasons. His snaps were always on point and he was usually the first man in the face of the returner. Mason Hutton who will take over for Cantrell looked serviceable but seemed to struggle with his distance and aim while snapping often causing the punter to reach way down or over for the ball. If he isn't able to zero in on His snaps we could see some fumbled snaps and/or blocked punts this fall.
UPDATE - The broncos added Senior Long Snapper Alec Grant and Freshman Mason Jacobsen to compete with Mason Hutton.

Overall The defense is likely the best in the conference this season and the offense still has some work to do as fall camp kicks off. The run game should be improved under new/old RB coach Keith Bonapha and with the addition of Ashton Jeanty and the Recieving corps may take a slight step back without Khalil Shakir meaning more work for Hank.

Top Players:

Offense - Stefan Cobbs - Cobbs looks to take over as the lead reciever.

Honorable mentions - Ashton Jeanty, Hank Bachmeier, Cade Baresford

Defense - JL Skinner - It's JL Skinner what more needs to be said. He was making plays all over the field including a redzone INT.

Honorable mentions - Seyi Oladipo, Tyric LeBeauf, Caleb Biggers

Special Teams - Jonah Dalmas - The best kicker in the country?

Honorable mentions - James Ferguson-Reynolds

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