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Boise State Football: The 20 Most Beloved Figures in Team History

Connor KillorenSenior Analyst IJune 1, 2011

Boise State Football: The 20 Most Beloved Figures in Team History

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    BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 19:  Winston Venable #17 leads the Boise State Broncos onto the field before their game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on November 19, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    Boise State Football.

    You either love 'em or you hate 'em.

    Either way you look at it, the program has been shaped by a number of memorable coaches and players.

    Even marriage proposals as well!

    From Dan Hawkins to Ian Johnson to Jared Zabransky, there have been so many distinguished people who have donned the blue and burnt orange.

    Follow along as we count down the 20 most beloved figures in program history.

20. Dusty Kline

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    Readers of this slideshow may be wondering, "Who the heck is Dusty Kline?".

    Kline was the first head coach of the Boise State Football team all the way back in 1933.

    Fans of every major college football team have to give credit where credit is due.

    Kline can certainly be credited with heading the birth of Bronco Football.

19. Byron Hout

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Running back Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball as linebacker Byron Hout #94 of the Boise State Broncos defends at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Ge
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    Byron Hout will forever be remembered for being on the receiving end of a punch from then Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount.

    Hout hasn't necessarily been an outstanding player for Broncos, amassing only 81 tackles in three full seasons.

    However, he will live on in Boise State lore because of the incident with Blount.

18. Joe Aliotti

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    Joe Aliotti was a 1st team All-American quarterback in 1979.

    In 1980, he lead Boise to the I-AA national title.

    He is currently the Dean of Students, as well as offensive coordinator, at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA.

17. Doug Scott

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    Doug Scott played defensive tackle while at Boise State, and earned a spot on the AP All-American first team in 1979.

    He was also a part of that same I-AA national championship squad.

16. Terry Hutt

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    Terry Hutt was member of the 1977 AP All-American first team as a wide receiver.

    Hutt's career game came against Montana in 1974 when he hauled in three touchdown receptions against Montana State.

15. Cedric Minter

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    Cedric Minter, a native of Boise, played for the Broncos from 1977-1980.

    He was a part of the famed 1980 backfield which went on to win the 1980 I-AA national title.

    Minter was also a member of the 1978 AP All-American 3rd team and the 1980 AP All-American 2nd team, both times as a running back.

14. Randy Trautman

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    Randy Trautman is one of the finest defensive players to ever play a down at Boise State.

    He was the anchor of the defense during the run to the 1980 I-AA national championship.

    He is the only player in program history to be a two-time 1st team AP All-American (1980, 1981).

13. Dan Hawkins

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    MEMPHIS,TN - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Dan Hawkins of the Boise State Broncos looks on while facing the Louisville Cardinals during the AutoZone Liberty bowl at the Liberty Bowl on December 31, 2004 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Louisville won 44-40.  (Photo by
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    Dan Hawkins was the head coach in Boise from 2001-2005, although he served in the assistant capacity from 1998-2000.

    Hawkins amassed a 53-11 record in his five seasons as head coach, including four consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles.

    Following the 2005 season Hawkins left to take the head coaching position at the University of Colorado.

12. Ryan Dinwiddie

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    Hamburg Sea Devils  quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie warms up  before  an NFL Europe  scrimmage with the Cologne Centurions  in St. Petersburg, Florida March 8, 2005.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    The argument can be made that Ryan Dinwiddie is the greatest quarterback to have ever played for Boise State.

    That debate comes down to the choice between Dinwiddie or current Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore.

    During his senior season, Dinwiddie passed for 4,031 yards along with 28 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.

    He was, at one point, the career FBS leader in passing efficiency at a 168.9 clip.

    That record was broken by Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2007.

    Dinwiddie is currently playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

11. Kyle Brotzman

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Kicker Kyle Brotzman #35 of the Boise State Broncos appears on the field before the team's game against the Utah Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-
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    Kyle Brotzman recently finished his career as Boise State's kicker, with his last game coming in the Las Vegas in December.

    During his senior season in 2010, he was the leader for total points scored among all active FBS players.

    Brotzman is also Boise's all-time leading scorer.

    He will be most remembered for missing a kick in overtime against Nevada that inevitably pushed Boise State out of BCS contention.

10. Jared Zabransky

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    TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Jared Zabransky #15 of the Houston Texans warms up before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a pre-season game at Raymond James Stadium on August 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 31-24. (Photo by Al Me
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    Jared Zabransky was BSU's starting quarterback from 2002-2006.

    He lead the Bronco's first ever appearance in a BCS Bowl Game, a 43-42 triumph over Oklahoma.

    Zabransky was named the offensive MVP of the game.

    Because of that accomplishment, he was placed on the cover of EA Sports' NCAA Football '08.

    He's currently a free agent in the Canadian Football League.

9. Ian Johnson

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Runningback Ian Johnson #41 of the Boise State Broncos dives for the endzone pilon against the defense of Cornerback Rafael Priest #10 of TCU during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec
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    Ian Johson was the starting running back for the Broncos from 2005-2008.

    He is a Boise legend, having rushed for 4,184 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career.

    His mark of 58 career rushing touchdowns broke the WAC record previously held by Marshall Faulk.

    Johnson will forever be remembered for scoring the winning touchdown against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

    Immediately after getting into the endzone, he rushed over to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics, and proposed to her on national television.

    Johnson is currently playing for the Detroit Lions.

8. Austin Pettis

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Wide Receiver Austin Pettis #87 of Boise State Broncos makes a diving catch against Cornerback Rafael Priest #10 of the TCU Horned Frogs during Frogs' 17-16 during Frogs' 17-16 win over the Broncos in the San Diego County Cre
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    Austin Pettis was a receiver at Boise from 2006-2009.

    He is BSU's all-time leader in receptions with 229 and touchdown receptions with 39.

    Pettis also ranks second all-time in receiving yards with 2,838.

    He was named First team all-WAC in 2009 and 2010.

    He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 2011 NFL Draft.

7. Titus Young

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Titus Young #4 of the Boise State Broncos looks on against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty
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    Young, like Pettis, was a receiver at Boise from 2006-2010.

    The two formed one of the best receiver duos in college football history.

    Young amassed 204 receptions, 3,063 yards, and 25 touchdowns during his time as a Bronco.

    He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft.

6. Jeremy Childs

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    BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13:  Jeremy Childs #9 of the Boise State Broncos runs with the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    Maybe one of the most gifted athletes to ever play football at BSU, Jeremy Childs really left his mark at Boise.

    He ranks second all time in receptions at Boise and is one of the only players in program history to leave school early for the NFL.

    He is currently a free agent, having most recently played for the San Diego Chargers in 2009.

5. Kyle Wilson

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Kyle Wilson #1 of the Boise State Broncos looks on against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Image
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    Kyle Wilson will be remembered as one of the best defensive backs in program history.

    He is also one of the only BSU players to have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, going 29th overall to the New York Jets in 2010. 

4. Jim McMillan

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    Jim McMillan is the only player in program history to have his number retired.

    He is considered to be the first in a long line of great quarterbacks at Boise State.

    McMillan played for the Broncos from 1971-1974 when Boise State was a Division II school.

3. Ryan Clady

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    KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Ryan Clady #78 of the Denver Broncos stands in the tunnel before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: J
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    The argument can be made that Ryan Clady is the best player to ever play at Boise State.

    He was a crucial part of the Boise's offense in 2006 when the team made a run to a victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

    During that game, he had the key block for Ian Johnson in the winning statue of liberty play.

    Clady was a first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, going 12th overall to the Denver Broncos.

    He was a Pro Bowl selection and a 1st team All-Pro in 2009.

2. Chris Petersen

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen watches from the sidelines against the Virginia Tech Hokies at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Chris Petersen is arguably one of the best college football coaches in America.

    Since taking over as head coach for Dan Hawkins in December 2005, Petersen has compiled a 61-5 record, including two trips to the Fiesta Bowl (2007, 2010).

    He is a two-time winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award (2006, 2009) as well as the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award.

    He is loved by the Boise Community and is set on staying as the head coach at BSU as long as he is welcome.

1. Kellen Moore

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos warms up before playing against the Utah Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3.  (Photo by Et
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    Kellen Moore is the most revered player in program history and he still has a season of eligibility remaining.

    He was a 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist as well as a member of the AP All-American 3rd team that season.

    Moore has amassed a 38-2 record as the Broncos' starting quarterback.

    He has also lead his team to two straight bowl victories, including a 17-10 victory over TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.

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