Applause! Applause!

Boise State fans, in fact let's just say the nation, has looked on with astonishment over what the Bronco football team has accomplished the last four seasons. The young men who will be honored prior to tomorrow's game with Utah State are largely responsible for taking Boise State to an elite level. Through their dignity both on and off the field, they are the top senior class in school history!

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Senior Day across the nation is a salute and a farewell, sincere thanks for a job well done and a way of wishing departing seniors well in the future.  

Senior Day at Bronco Stadium tomorrow will be different.  The 19 young men who will grace the field in pre-game ceremonies have put Boise State on the doorstep of a Division I national championship.  Their efforts have paved the way for future Bronco teams to finally accomplish the one goal that has so far eluded Boise State .  By knocking holes in the glass ceiling, this class has made it possible for future teams to realize that goal.  

Each senior class seems to outdo their predecessors at Boise State .  It's what Coach Chris Petersen and his staff have been building.  The 2010 Bronco senior class has produced a record of 46-5 in the last four years, including being the first class in school history to reach the Top 15 in each of the four years.  Most of the members of this class were on campus when Boise State shocked Oklahoma to win the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and they came home with Boise State 's second Fiesta Bowl Trophy earlier this year, following a 17-10 triumph over #3 TCU.  They helped Boise State get its first #1 vote in any poll following the Fiesta Bowl, and then shattered that mark this season when they got 34 #1 votes two weeks ago (15 in the Associated Press poll, 14 in the Harris Poll and 5 in the Coaches' Poll).   

In 2007, Boise State entered the season with a Top 25 ranking, but fell to Washington .  They resumed the march up the polls (getting as high as #17), but a season-ending loss to Hawai'i ended any chance of finishing in the Top 10.  In 2008, they would not be denied, and produced a 12-0 regular season, the second unbeaten season in three years.  They fell to TCU 17-16 in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl.  Last season, these Broncos went unbeaten for the second consecutive year and finished the regular season ranked #6 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings.  That earned them a spot in the Fiesta Bowl and, thanks to a pass from punter Kyle Brotzman to tight end Kyle Efaw, the Broncos pulled out the narrow win.  

The respect this senior class earned cannot be measured, but we can see it by the preseason #3 ranking prior to the 2010 season.  Boise State went into Washington , D.C. and took on the elite Virginia Tech Hokies in front of 90,000 partisan fans in the season opener.  Boise State overcame all odds and downed the Hokies 33-30.  They also dealt a devastating blow to Oregon State that the Beavers could never recover from.  Boise State had defeated two " BCS teams" in the regular season for the first time in school history.  They downed a Toledo team that finished 8-4 and looks to be headed to a bowl game.  They dominated six WAC opponents by a combined score of 301-41.  Included in that stretch were three shutouts.  League opponents scored a grand total of one touchdown against the Bronco starters, who were often on the sidelines when the second half started.  Despite this, though, the team could never reach #2 in the polls.  They even fell as far back as #5 but then climbed back to #3 two weeks ago.   

The many accomplishments of the 2010 senior class will be celebrated tomorrow in front of a packed crowd.  Although they will be playing their final home game on The Blue, there is great promise in next year's Boise State team.  Many feel that team will be better than the 2010 version.  The seniors have led by example, and shown the younger members what is possible.  Boise State lost a lost of great seniors after the 2006 season.  But this group stepped in and not only matched those accomplishments but exceeded them.  They issue a challenge to future Bronco classes to exceed what they have done.  

Looking at this list of players, it's hard not to feel a strong sense of pride.  We have gotten to know these players perhaps more than other classes.  The media has made sure of that.  You get the sense that these individuals will be successful no matter what endeavors they pursue or no matter what obstacles they encounter.  They are quality human beings, and the growth they have exhibited while in Boise has been nothing short of amazing.  They have had ups and downs to be sure, but they have emerged better people.  

Bronco senior class of 2010—we congratulate you; we are so lucky to have been Boise State fans these last four years to watch you perform at the highest level.  Thanks for the memories!  

 

#52—Linebacker Derrell Acrey  

#52 will be forever remembered as the great inspirational leader of this team.  How many images have we seen of Derrell leading the team in pre-game chants?  I'm sure he is more than welcome by Coach Pete to give pep talks to future Bronco teams!  He always played with great emotion and great heart, and has been one of the best linebackers to play the pass that we've seen in Boise .   

Acrey emerged onto the scene in his redshirt year of 2006, being named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.  Derrell was named Preseason WAC Defensive Newcomer of the Year prior to the 2007 season.  He went on to record 17 tackles and an interception.  He had five tackles and the interception that he returned for 28 yards against Utah State , this week's opponent.   

In 2008, Acrey had an outstanding season with 59 tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.  He had a career-high 14 tackles against Idaho State and 12 vs. New Mexico State .  

Last season, Derrell started four games and played in 12.  He finished the year with 34 tackles (16 unassisted), 5.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and one pass breakup.  Acrey had an interception against Fresno State and one against Idaho , and had a season-high five tackles against Miami of Ohio.  This season, Darrell has 21 tackles, two for loss with two pass breakups. 

 In his career, Acrey has 131 tackles, a sack, eight tackles for loss, three pass breakups and three interceptions.  He has majored in psychology at Boise State.  

 

#27 Running Back Jeremy Avery  

Avery has proven to be one of the most successful and versatile players to ever don a blue uniform at Boise .  A back that can dash through the line, cut on a dime, and be off for an 80-yard touchdown, can get open in the flat and turn a quick Kellen Moore toss into a long gain, and a deadly kickoff returner that is always a threat to score, Avery has been nothing short of sensational.  

Avery produced the fourth-best freshman rushing total in 2007 with 672 yards and eight TD's.  He averaged 6.5 yards every time he carried the ball, the second-best average in Bronco history.  Jeremy also had 14 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion.  Avery topped the 100-yard mark three times.  He gained 124 yards and scored three times at Fresno State , finished with 110 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards at Louisiana Tech and gained 105 yards and scored twice against Weber State .  He was named Boise State 's MVP at the Hawai'i Bowl after picking up 69 yards on 10 carries and catching four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.   

As a sophomore, Avery was second only to Ian Johnson with 111 carries for 639 yards (5.76 avg.).  Jeremy also caught 16 passes for 226 yards (14.1 avg.) and had 239 yards in kickoff returns.  He set a school record with a 14.2 average per carry vs. Idaho (156 yards on 11 carries) and rushed for 96 yards against San Jose State .  Avery averaged 83 all-purpose yards per game on the season.   

Last year, Avery was named second-team All-WAC after rushing for 1,151 yards (7th in school history) on just 209 carries (5.51 avg.) and six TD's.  Jeremy also caught 23 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown.  Avery topped the century mark four times, with the high being a 146-yard outing against Louisiana Tech.  He caught five passes for 83 yards, including a 67-yard TD vs. Fresno State .   

Avery has  73 carries for 369 yards this season (5.1 avg.) with 10 trips to the end zone.  He also has 12 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.  Jeremy carried 10 times for 92 yards and three touchdowns against Hawai'i . 

In his career, Avery has 496 carries (7th all-time) for 2,831 yards (6th) and 28 touchdowns (7th). His 4.71 yards-per-carry average is fourth in school history, behind only John Smith (6.2), Chris Jackson (5.97) and Cedric Minter (5.95).  Avery has 65 catches for 775 yards and 4 TD's and 13 kickoff returns for a 22.8 average.  He ranks seventh with 3,845 career all-purpose yards, eighth with 32 touchdowns and 14th with 192 career points.  Jeremy has majored in Communication at Boise State .

 

#35 Placekicker/Punter Kyle Brotzman  

There have been few better walk-on success stories at Boise State than that of Kyle Brotzman.  Without a kicking coach, Kyle was self-taught in both punting and placekicking.  He won the placekicking job as a freshman but also ended up doing punting and kicking off as well.  In short, this great Bronco has done everything asked of him and more. Brotzman already owns six school records and is honing in on an all-time NCAA record.  Last season, Brotz became famous for delivering the pass that sent Boise State down the field for the game-winning touchdown against #3 TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.  With a fourth-and-nine deep in Boise State territory, Brotzman took the snap in punt formation and, with a Horned Frog bearing down on him, calmly tossed a perfect strike to Kyle Efaw over the middle that resulted in a 29-yard gain.  The Bronco offense took over from there, and Doug Martin's dive into the end zone gave Boise State the 17-10 win.  

Kyle walked on in 2006 and redshirted his first season.  He had a great freshman season in 2007, leading the WAC in field goals, field goal percentage at PAT's.  Brotzman hit 16-18 field goals and converted all 66 extra points (third in school history) for 114 points, sixth most at Boise State .  He was 3-4 from beyond 40 yards.  Against Nevada, Brotzman converted two field goals with no time on the clock and first sent the game into overtime and then into quadruple overtime that enabled the Broncos to prevail 69-67.  He also punted 21 times for a 44.5 average with nine downed inside the 20.  Brotzman was an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American on The Sporting News Team and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award honoring the nation's top collegiate kicker.  

In 2008, Kyle hit 17-26 field goals and scored 101 points (#12 all-time at Boise State ).  Brotzman again hit all of his extra point tries, nailing a perfect 50-50.  He was honored as Boise State 's co-Special Teams Player of the Year (along with punt returner Kyle Wilson) in a vote by his teammates.  Brotzman finished fourth in the conference with a 65.4 field goal percentage and hit a 51-yard field goal at Oregon .  He also set a school record by averaging 45.74 per punt.  

Last season, Brotzman again led the team in scoring with 117 points (#5 in Bronco history).  He also paced the WAC in scoring for kickers and field goals, was third in overall scoring and field goal percentage and fourth in PAT percentage.  Kyle was 63-64 on extra point tries (4th in school history) and 18-25 in field goals.  He booted a career high four field goals against Hawai'i .  Kyle also punted 37 times for a 43.89 average. Following the Fiesta Bowl triumph, Brotzman was named top punter on the CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team.    He was honored as the WAC Special Teams Player of the week twice—for a 60-yard average, including a career-high 75-yarder, against Hawai'i, and following the Southern Mississippi game in which he had a field goal, three PAT's and six punts averaging 39.7).  Brotz pinned opponents inside their own 20 14 times during the season.  

Kyle is 13-19 in field goals this season and 51-53 on extra point tries.  His 93 points not only leads the Broncos but enabled him to pass the great Brock Forsey for the school career points record.  He has 425 to date, just eight points behind the all-time NCAA record of 433 (set by Louisville 's Art Carmody) for the most ever points by a collegiate kicker.  Brotzman is currently tied with Penn State 's Kevin Kelly for fourth among all scorers.  Kyle also has 14 punts for a 42.4 average, 6th best in the record books.  He has already shattered Mike Black's (1988-1991) existing record for career field goals and Nick Calaycay's (1999-2002) mark for career extra points.      

In his career, Brotzman is 65-88 in field goals and 230-233 on PAT's.  Kyle put together 118 consecutive extra points from 2007-2009 to break yet another school mark.  Brotzman has 118 punts for  5,241 yards (44.4 average) with a long of 75.  He has booted a 70-yarder his first three seasons at Boise State .   

Brotzman majors in Business Management. 

 

 

#7 Quarterback Michael Coughlin  

Coughlin has great form, throws a nice ball and seems invincible running the ball. I would be surprised if he doesn't get serious looks from NFL scouts.  Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin frequently inserted Coughlin into the scheme to take advantage of his running skills.  

In 2006, Coughlin was named offensive scout player of the year as a redshirt.  He saw brief action in 2007, completing 6-14 for 95 yards and a touchdown and also ran four times for 10 yards.  In 2008, Michael saw limited action, completing 3-5 for 25 yards and a touchdown and rushing seven times for five yards.  Last season, he hit 12-of-19 passes for 50 yards and carried four times for 22 yards.  So far this year, Michael is 3-7 for 22 yards passing and has rushed 12 times for 90 yards and a touchdown.  

In his career, Michael is 24-45 for 180 yards and two touchdowns.  Michael is a Communication major.  

 

#49 Punter Brad Elkin  

Brad has given spot relief to the much-worked Brotzman.  He punted 27 times for an average of 37.5 with eight punts downed inside the 20 in his freshman year.  Elkin kicked 10 times in 2008, averaging 40.2.  The following season, he averaged 35.8 yards on 11 punts with seven downed inside the 20. 

Brad majors in Human Resource Management  

 

#85 Tight End Tommy Gallarda  

Gallarda will be known as "Touchdown Tommy", for the high percentage of receptions of which he found the end zone.  He ran great routes and was a force in blocking schemes for the Broncos.  He was highly dependable with great hands.  Though injured earlier in the year, Tommy is hoping to be able to go out one more time for the Blue and Orange in the postseason.  

Gallarda redshirted in 2006 like most in his class.  He had three catches for 19 yards as a freshman, then caught a pass in six games in 2008.  He had 65 receiving yards and two touchdowns that season.  Last year, Tommy started 12 games and finished with nine catches for 110 yards and four touchdowns.  He was given the Strength "Iron Bronco" Award at the team banquet.  

Prior to an injury, Gallarda had seven catches for 63 yards and three TD's this season.

Gallarda has 25 career receptions for 257 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Tommy sports a 36% rate of receptions for touchdowns!  He majors in Business Management at Boise State .   

 

#28 Running Back Jarvis Hodge  

Hodge is a hard-working back who proved that good things come to those who give it their all and are patient.  We'll all remember this talented back whose legs kept churning long after first contact.  

Jarvis redshirted in 2006.  He gained 135 yards on 22 carries with a TD as a freshman.  He picked up 50 yards and scored his first career touchdown against New Mexico State .  In 2008, Hodge carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards.  He played in eight games last year, and recorded 102 yards rushing and a TD on 21 carries.  Jarvis picked up 46 yards against Utah State in Logan .  

Hodge has had a sparkling senior season.  He is third on the team with 257 yards on just 38 carries (6.8 average) and three touchdowns.  Hodge had five carries for 69 yards and a touchdown against New Mexico State , eight carries for 52 yards vs. Idaho and eight carries for 50 yards against Hawai'i . 

In his career, Hodge has 93 carries for 540 yards and five touchdowns.  Jarvis majors in Communication.   

 

#23 Strong Safety Jeron Johnson  

This dependable, immensely talented, hard-hitting safety seems destined for the National Football League.  He has been one of the best tacklers on the team his entire time in Boise and ball carriers feel as if they've been struck by a locomotive. He may be the hardest to replace on the Bronco team.  

 In 2007, Jeron was fifth on the team with 55 tackles, including five for loss, with 1.5 sacks, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and the recovery.  He had nine tackles against Southern Mississippi and eight vs. Wyoming .  Johnson blossomed in his junior year and was named to Phil Steel's All-WAC team.  Johnson paced the team with 98 tackles (72 of them unassisted) and three fumble recoveries.  He added three interceptions, seven pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss.  Jeron was named to the All-WAC academic team.  

Last season, Johnson was second-team All-WAC despite once again pacing the Broncos with 91 tackles.  Jeron also had four interceptions, six pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for loss.  He had five or more tackles in 10 different games.   

JJ again leads the Broncos with 63 tackles, one for loss, with an interception, six pass breakups, a recovery and a blocked kick.  He had 10 tackles against Nevada .   

Johnson has 306 tackles (13th in Bronco history), 12 for loss, with 25 pass breakups, eight interceptions, a forced fumble, five recoveries and a blocked kick.  Jeron is a Communication major.     

 

#83 Tight End Sean King  

Sean had a short stay here, coming to Boise State from the College of the Redwoods in 2008.  He redshirted his first season and played on special teams for the Broncos in 2009.  

Sean is a Criminal Justice major.     

 

#59 Guard Will Lawrence  

Lawrence started out on the defensive side of the ball, but he flourished when moved to guard.  Last season, Lawrence helped open holes for running back Jeremy Avery and Doug Martin and was part of a Bronco offensive line that led the nation for the fewest sacks (5).  Boise State led the country in scoring (42.2 ppg), averaged 186.1 yards rushing and 450.2 total yards per game.  Four different players went over 100 yards rushing behind Lawrence and his mates.   

This season, Lawrence again led the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (Doug Martin) and has helped the Broncos average 46.4 points per game. 

Will majors in Communication at Boise State .

 

#45 Linebacker Daron Mackey  

Mackey also came to Boise State as a JC transfer in 2008 and redshirted his first season in Boise .  He started in eight games last season and was responsible for 36 tackles, with four for loss, and had three pass breakups and a forced fumble.  Daron enjoyed his best game against Utah State with seven tackles.  This year, Mackey has 20 tackles, one for loss.  He has 56 career tackles, five for loss, with three pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Mackey is a Communication Major.

 

#2 Wide Receiver Austin Pettis

Together with fellow senior Titus Young, Pettis formed the best receiving duo in Bronco history and one of the best in the nation.  He was the "go-to" guy when Boise State needed a first down, and became famous for clutch catches and jump balls where he would sail high above his defender for a miraculous catch.  Pettis obliterated the Bronco record books with his outstanding four-year achievements.

Austin was one of five true freshman to play in 2007.  He finished second on the team with 46 catches (for 465 yards) and second with six touchdown receptions.  Pettis had nine receptions for 89 yards against East Carolina in the Hawai'i Bowl and eight in back-to-back games against Utah State and Idaho .  He recorded his first 100-yard receiving game with 139 yards and three TD's against Idaho . 

Pettis earned second-team All-WAC honors in 2008 with 49 catches for 567 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Austin grabbed nine passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada .  He was named to the All-WAC academic team.

Last season, Pettis was All-WAC with 63 catches (9th all-time) in 12 games.  He broke the school record with 14 receiving touchdowns and tied another mark with four TD catches against Idaho .  Austin also broke the record for consecutive games with a TD catch by hauling in one per game in the first 10 games.  Austin had six catches against Top 10 Oregon and burned Miami of Ohio for 115 yards on four catches.  He had 10 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns vs. UC-Davis and nine catches for 105 yards and a score vs. Louisiana Tech. 

Pettis has continued his steady play in 2010.  He has 55 receptions for 753 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Austin broke Don Hutt's (1970-1973) 37 year-old record of 189 career receptions earlier this year and continues to add to his total.  He is now just 111 yards shy of passing Ryan Ikebe for career receiving yards.

In his career, Pettis has 213 receptions for 2,640 yards and 37 touchdowns.  Austin is a Communication Major at Boise State .

 

#5 Safety Jason Robinson

Robinson has been a good tackler who has lent his great talent to the Bronco secondary and special teams.  Jason played in all 13 games in 2007 and was ninth on the team with 39 tackles.  He also had two interceptions, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.  Robinson recorded seven tackles and an interception at Louisiana Tech, six vs. Hawai'i , and five against East Carolina .  He had 22 tackles (15 of them solo) in 2008.  Last season, Robinson recorded 26 stops (14 of them unassisted).  He had a tackle for loss and a pass breakup vs. TCU in the Fiesta Bowl and also helped redesign "The Riddler" play that led to Boise State 's winning touchdown.  Robinson's best game was vs. Hawai'i , when he had five tackles and caught a 28-yard pass on a fake punt. 

This season, Jason has 19 tackles, an interception, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and the recovery.

In his career, Robinson has totaled 106 tackles, three sacks, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and the recovery and three interceptions.  Jason is a Communication Major.   

 

#62 Offensive Lineman Kevin Sapien  

Kevin is part of a great Bronco success story in which he banded together with his teammates on the line to vastly improve the unit and return it to greatness. He redshirted in 2006, then served as a backup lineman his freshman year.  Sapien started at right guard most of 2008.  He helped the Broncos average 288.5 yards per game passing, 152.3 yards rushing, and lead the WAC for the fewest sacks allowed (13).  The Bronco offense averaged 37.6 points per game to lead the league.   Last season, Sapien started 12 games and paved the way for Jeremy Avery to be a 1,000 yard rusher.  He and his teammates allowed just five sacks all season long to lead the nation.  Kevin was a big part of the Bronco offense that led the nation in scoring (42.2 points per game) and averaged 450 yards of total offense.  Due to nagging injuries, Sapien had to retire from football prior to this season.  His great contribution and fierce play are well-appreciated.

Kevin majors in Business Management.  

 

Tackle Matt Slater

After redshirting in 2006, Matt was a backup offensive lineman in 2007.  In 2008, Slater played in all 13 games (primarily at tackle) and helped Boise State rank 11th nationally in passing efficiency and average 37.62 points per game.  Last season, Slater played in 13 games and started five.  He helped Boise State lead the country in scoring (42.2 ppg) and average 186 yards rushing and 450 yards of total offense.  Matt and his group allowed just five sacks all season long to lead the nation in that department.  Four different Bronco running backs had 100-yard games behind Slater and his unit.  This season Slater again led the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (Doug Martin) and has helped the Broncos average 46.4 points per game.   

Matt majors in Communication at Boise State .

 

#13 Cornerback Brandyn Thompson

Thompson will be etched in Bronco lore forever with his startling interception of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton early in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.  Thompson may be soft-spoken and much-liked off the field, but when he puts on a uniform, he means business and he is a constant threat to pick off a pass.

Brandyn played as a true freshman in 2007 as a backup defensive back and special teams force.  He recorded 16 tackles, including a season-high five at Hawai'i . 

In 2008, Thompson intercepted three passes against Hawai'i , second-most in one game in school history.  He appeared on Phil Steele's All-WAC second team.  Brandyn had 54 tackles, 38 solo, sixth best on the Bronco defense.  He also had five tackles for loss and four interceptions.  Thompson led Boise State with 10 solo tackles and two assisted tackles in the Broncos' win over Oregon .  He was credited with 11 tackles against New Mexico State .

Last year, Thompson started in all 14 games and was named Defensive Player of the Game at the Fiesta Bowl.  Thompson finished the game with seven tackles and two interceptions, including the one he returned untouched 51 yards for Boise State 's first score.  Brandyn finished with 45 tackles, 29 unassisted, and led the Broncos with six interceptions (9th all-time).  Thompson also had three pass breakups.  He recorded five tackles and two picks vs. Idaho and also had five tackles vs. UC-Davis , Louisiana Tech and Nevada .  Following the Fiesta Bowl win, Thompson was named to CBSSports.com's All-Bowl Team.

Brandyn has 30 tackles this season, two for loss, with three interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and the recovery.

In his career, Thompson has 145 tackles, seven for loss, with 13 interceptions (8th all-time at Boise State ) and 16 pass breakups.  Brandyn is a Communication Major.   

 

#17 Nickleback Winston Venable

The simple fact is that Boise State would not have had a perfect season if not for this super JC transfer from Glendale Community College .  His sure tackling and hard-hitting won him legions of fans, who witnessed him flying all over the field.  He became one of Boise State 's top playmakers and ball hawks. 

Last year, Venable's fourth quarter pick of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton sealed Boise State 's 17-10 win over the third-ranked Horned Frogs.  He paced the Bronco defense with eight tackles, all solo.  Venable was a second team All-WAC performer who finished third on Boise State with 63 tackles.  Venable terrorized opposing backfields with eight tackles for loss and had three pass breakups and two interceptions, with a 30-yard TD vs. Fresno State .  He had seven tackles against both Idaho and Louisiana Tech.

Winston is fourth on the Broncos with 48 tackles so far this season.  He has seven tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two pass breakups.  He had a season-high seven tackles against Nevada .

Venable has 111 tackles, 15 for loss, with five pass breakups and two interceptions.  Winston majors in Communication. 

 

#98 Defensive End Ryan Winterswyk  

Winterswyk has shown improvement with each year to the point of being one of the nation's top defensive ends as a senior.

Ryan walked on to the Boise State program in January of 2006 and is yet another great story of walk-on success.  He was named Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News after his freshman season in 2007.  Winterswyk finished with 43 tackles, led the Broncos with nine tackles for loss, and had 5.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups.  He had eight tackles against Weber State and five vs. San Jose State .

 ‘Swyk was a menacing force as a sophomore, earning All-WAC honors.  He was named co-MVP on defense in a vote by his teammates.  Ryan led the Broncos with 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.  He recorded 40 tackles, six pass breakups (most among WAC linemen) and two forced fumbles. 

Last year, Ryan was All-WAC for the second straight year after posting 41 tackles, 17 for loss (10th all-time at Boise State), and nine quarterback sacks.  He ranked second in the league in both tackles for loss and sacks.  He was named Boise States MVP on defense at the team banquet.  Winterswyk had seven tackles vs. both Louisiana Tech and Idaho .  He recorded at least half a sack in 10 games.  He was named to the WAC All-Decade team in January. 

Winterswyk has 36 tackles, seven for loss, with 2.5 sacks, an interception, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and the recovery and a blocked kick.

In his amazing career, Winterswyk has 160 tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss (4th in the history of the Broncos), 21.5 sacks (#5 all-time) and 13 pass breakups.  Ryan majors in Business Management.

 

#1 Wide Receiver Titus Young

Growth.  What growth.  Lest any potential recruit wonder about what Coach Chris Petersen and the Bronco coaching staff can do to help a young man, they need only look at the quality man that Titus Young has become.  He has matured by leaps and bounds, both personally and talent-wise.  This speed merchant will go down as one of the greatest receivers ever to play for the Broncos.  He had raw talent and speed when he came to Boise; he leaves as a complete receiver who runs great routes, shows incredible hustle (no one will ever forget his fumble recovery in the end zone against Fresno State after he trailed the play all the way downfield), has amazing hands and makes acrobatic catches. 

In 2007, Young caught a pass in all 13 games.  He finished third on the team with 44 receptions for 639 yards and five touchdowns.  He also rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns.  Young had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving vs. Utah State and was on the receiving end of seven passes against East Carolina .  He also had six catches against San Jose State . 

In 2008, Young played in three games, getting 10 receptions for 168 yards and a TD and rushing five times for 52 yard and two touchdowns.

Titus earned All-WAC both as wide receiver and kick return specialist last season.  He became the first player in school history to bring two kickoffs back for touchdowns in a season and in a career.  He returned the opening kickoff 95 yards against Nevada and "officially" returned one 100 yards against Idaho , even though we all know it was more like 108.  Young had 79 receptions (2nd in school history) for 1,041 yards (#6 all-time) and 10 touchdowns (7th all-time), becoming just the eighth Bronco to surpass the 1,000-yard mark.  Titus was second in the WAC with 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, second in kickoff returns (26.9), third in receiving yards (74.4 per game) and seventh in scoring).  Young also rushed 15 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns.  Young's 2,012 all-purpose yards was second only to Brock Forsey's 2,127 in 2002.  He helped to stretch TCU's secondary with eight catches for 72 yards despite the Horned Frog defense converging on him due to the injury of Austin Pettis.  Young had two touchdowns (one on the fumble recovery, one receiving) and had 174 all-purpose yards against Fresno State .  He scored two touchdowns at Bowling Green and caught six passes for 83 yards and a TD vs. UC-Davis.  TY had eight receptions for 115 yards and three TD's against Hawai'i and eight catches for 110 yards and a score vs. Louisiana Tech.  He also went over the 100-yard mark against Idaho and Utah State . 

Young leads Boise State with 61 receptions this season (#13 all-time) for 1,117 yards (third in the record books) and nine touchdowns (9th all-time).  Young shattered Ryan Ikebe's (1993-1996) record of 2,751 career receiving yards earlier this season and could become Boise State 's first 3,000-yard man tomorrow afternoon!  TY passed Don Hutt against Nevada and is second all-time to teammate Austin Pettis for career receptions.  Titus has 1,684 yards of all-purpose offense this year already (8th all-time).  He has nine carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and 20 kickoff returns for 512 yards.  He had six receptions for 80 yards in the season opening win over Virginia Tech, five catches for 136 yards and a TD against Oregon State, seven receptions for 105 yards and a score against San Jose State, six catches for 129 yards and a TD against Nevada and four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming. 

In Young's spectacular career, he has 194 receptions for 2,965 yards and 25 TD's (4th all-time), 42 rushes for 314 yards and eight touchdowns, and 51 kickoff returns for 1,345 yards (26.4 avg.) and two scores.  Young has 4,624 yards of all-purpose yards and counting, good for sixth in Boise State history.  Titus majors in Communication.

These great seniors have made an indelible mark at Boise State .  Celebrated for their on-the-field success and off-field class, they will never, ever be forgotten.  They helped build Boise State to its present greatness.  We will be talking about them for decades.

Thank-you a million times for all you've done for us, seniors!


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