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.
Day at Bronco Stadium tomorrow will be different.
The 19 young men who will grace the field in pre-game ceremonies have put
senior class seems to outdo their predecessors at
respect this senior class earned cannot be measured, but we can see it by the
preseason #3 ranking prior to the 2010 season.
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
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
senior class of 2010—we congratulate you; we are so lucky to have been
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
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
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
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
career, Acrey has 131 tackles, a sack, eight tackles for loss, three pass
breakups and three interceptions. He
has majored in psychology at
Running Back Jeremy Avery
has proven to be one of the most successful and versatile players to ever don a
blue uniform at
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
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.
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.
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
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
Placekicker/Punter Kyle Brotzman
have been few better walk-on success stories at
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
2008, Kyle hit 17-26 field goals and scored 101 points (#12 all-time at
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
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
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
majors in Business Management.
Quarterback Michael 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.
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.
his career, Michael is 24-45 for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael is a Communication major.
Punter Brad Elkin
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
Brad majors in Human
Tight End Tommy 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
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.
to an injury, Gallarda had seven catches for 63 yards and three TD's this
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
Running Back Jarvis 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
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
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
In his career, Hodge has 93 carries for 540 yards and
five touchdowns. Jarvis majors in
Strong Safety Jeron Johnson
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Tight End Sean King
is a Criminal Justice major.
Linebacker Daron Mackey
Mackey also came to
Mackey is a Communication Major.
#2 Wide Receiver
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
Pettis earned second-team All-WAC honors in 2008 with
49 catches for 567 yards and 9 touchdowns.
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
Pettis has continued his steady play in 2010.
He has 55 receptions for 753 yards and 8 touchdowns.
In his career, Pettis has 213 receptions for 2,640
yards and 37 touchdowns.
#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,
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
redshirting in 2006, Matt was a backup offensive lineman in 2007.
In 2008, Slater played in all 13 games (primarily at tackle) and helped
Matt majors in Communication at
#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
In 2008, Thompson intercepted
three passes against
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
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
#17 Nickleback Winston Venable
The simple fact is that
Last year, Venable's fourth
quarter pick of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton sealed
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
Venable has 111 tackles, 15 for loss, with five pass
breakups and two interceptions. Winston
majors in Communication.
#98 Defensive End Ryan Winterswyk
Ryan walked on to the
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
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
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.
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
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
These great seniors have made an indelible mark at
Thank-you a million times for all you've done for