Coming off their 2nd Bowl Championship Series Win in 4 years the Boise State Broncos aim for another year of success in 2010. The Broncos have a couple different things this season compared to last.
- A tougher schedule
- Only lost 1 starter on both sides
- A vast amount of talent, trying to get all players on the field
- A huge target on their backs after winning 2nd BCS game
- Going to be in AP Preseason Top 5 Rankings for first time ever
The Broncos have a big slate ahead of them as they always do every year, and what I have been hearing and reading is that they will be even better this coming year than they were last. People might ask is that even possible? Well, yes it is. Boise State is returning all 11 starters on offense, and they are returning 10 out of 11 starters on the defensive side of the ball. Their only loss was CB Kyle Wilson (drafted by NY Jets #29 pick 1st Round). But no need to fear Bronco fans, his back-up and only "new-guy" on either side of the ball this year actually started in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl due to the Broncos playing in a nickel package against TCU. Jerrell Gavins, is his name, he rocks the dreads that Kyle Wilson also displayed, so not a big difference in apperance or productivity. He was shutdown in the Fiesta Bowl, playing great man to man cover 1 defense.
There were a few changes in the coaching staff for the Broncos, which conisted of Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox assuming the same role at the University of Tennessee. Boise State also hired Bob Gregory, University of California Berkeley Defensive Coordinator, who will be a Defense Assistant Coach at Boise State to help fill the void Wilcox left. Gregory has been on the same staff as Peterson before, back at University of Oregon. The coaches are solid this year, and despite the loss of Coach Wilcox, Coach Gregory will be able to keep up the pace of this fast-flying defense.
Boise State also was able to pick up a very good recruiting class this year. Although they did not rank in the top of the nation (which they never do) they were still able to pick up key players who will add to the Bronco success. I don't think Peterson necessarily looks for the players with the most stars and highest ratings, but players who can be coached with ease, and players who understand and play his style of football. Top players include WR Matt Miller (6'3, 210) , QB Grant Hedrick (6'2, 190) , CB Bryan Douglas (5'11, 170, 4.4 40) , CB Jeremy Ioane (5'11, 175, big hitter) , and DE Tyrone Crawford (6'4, 258). These players are all very good, and are a bit underrated, many of them should have been rated higher in my opinion, but Coach Peterson always finds a way to get those "diamond in the rough" type players.
Boise's big games on their schedule in 2010 consists of @ #14 Virginia Tech (Washington Redskins Stadium), Labor Day, 6 pm, ESPN, this is the biggest game for Boise State since the game at Georgia, which I do not wish to remember. Boise State is a completly different program now though, so hopefully they can go up there and get a solid early season win. Next, @ Wyoming University, Sept. 18, 6 pm, CBS, an uprising Wyoming team with talented sophomore QB Austyn Carta-Samuels. Followed by, vs. #17 Oregon State, @ Bronco Stadium, Time TBA, ESPN/ABC. Lastly, at home against Fresno State, another uprising team, that is never easy to beat, Nov. 19, Bronco Stadium, 7:30 pm, ESPN 2. So the Broncos have a bit tougher schedule this year, facing off against 2 top 20 opponents in their first 3 games (nationalchamps.net early bird rankings.) Boise State is listed as #3.
The team returns talented and NFL-bound players in WR Austin Pettis, S Jeron Johnson, WR Titus Young, CB Brandyn Tomphson (2010 Fiesta Bowl MVP), TE Kyle Efaw, TE Tommy Gallarda, QB Kellen Moore, RB Jeremy Avery, RB Doug Martin, RB D.J Harper, LB Derell Acrey, S George Illoka, S Winston Venable, C Thomas Byrd, OL Will Lawerence, OL Kevin Sapien, DL Billy Winn, DL Ryan Winterswyk, and DL Jerell Root, also Kicker Kyle Brotzman. As you can see, the Broncos are gifted with star talent, and only time will tell if they can be the first non-BCS team to make it to the BCS National Title Game. They have to beat both Virginia Tech and Oregon State to get there, but starting out in the top 5 gives them an advantage they did not have last year.
The Broncos have a tough, determined, young, and experinced squad coming back this year off a 14-0 season, which included WAC Champions, and BCS Fiesta Bowl Champions, The Broncos once again have a chip on their shoulder to prove the whole nation wrong (all over again.) They have alot of talent coming back, and will suprise alot of people. Bronco Nation can not wait to see this great unit play next year, and I don't blame them. Watch Out for Boise State in 2010 because they will be giving Alabama, and others a run for their money in National Title Hopes.