Boise State's California Connection

The state of California has contributed greatly to the success of the Boise State football team over the years. There are 45 players from the state on the 2015 Bronco roster.

The Golden State of California has indeed been golden for Boise State football.  It is a pipeline established decades ago by former Bronco coach Tony Knap, and players from California have dominated the Boise State football roster ever since.  No less than half of Boise State's 10 best running backs are from California:  Ian Johnson, #2 in career rushing, Doug Martin (#6), Rodney Webster (#7), Jeremy Avery (#8), and David Mikell (#10).  Mikell also holds the school record for career kickoff return average. 

The list of former Bronco greats from California includes Ryan Dinwiddie, #2 in career passing yards and passing efficiency, Austin Pettis, #2 in career receptions, Gabe Franklin, #3 in career interceptions, John Rade, #6 in career tackles for loss, current Bronco running backs coach Lee Marks, who ranks #3 in career kickoff return average, current linebackers coach Andy Avalos and Ray Santucci, #5 and #6, respectively, in career tackles, Ryan Winterswyk, #4 in career tackles for loss and #5 in career sacks, former defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, (#2 in career tackles for loss), Brandyn Thompson, tied with current California Broncos Donte Deayon and Darian Thompson for #8 in career interceptions, Quinton Jones and Kerry Lawyer, #2 and #3 in career punt return average at Boise State, and Roberto Moran, who continues to hold the school record for the longest field goal at 56 yards.

This is a short list of former Broncos from California:

Gerald Alexander                                  
Joe Aliotti                                                        
Erik Andrade                                                 
Andy Avalos                                                 
Jeremy Avery                                             
Jermain Belin                                       

Dennis Brady                                               
Dan Brown                                                                  
Julius Brown                                                                 
Thomas Byrd                                      
Jeremy Childs                                                       
Al Davis                                                     
Jim Ellis                                                          
Ralph Esposito                                                          
Lou Fanucchi                                            
Gabe Franklin                                               
Alex Guerrero                                           
Shaunard Harts                                            
Bryan Johnson                                             
Ian Johnson  
Jeron Johnson
Quinton Jones
Pete Kwiatkowski
Lee Marks
Doug Martin  
Kim Metcalf
David Mikell
Roberto Moran
Jason Payne
Austin Pettis
Larry Polowski
John Rade
Ray Santucci
Orlando Scandrick
John Smith
Marty Tadman
Brandyn Thompson
Rodney Webster
Billy Wingfield
Marcel Yates
Terry Zahner

This season, 45 players which dot the 2015 Bronco roster are from California (click on link to see graph).  
OL Travis Averill

CB Mercy Maston


WR Thomas Sperbeck

CB Donzale Roddie

S Evan Tyhler

Elk Grove:
DT Robert Ash

DL Sam Whitney

CB Tyler Horton

MLB Joe Provenzano

OL Troy Bacon

TE David Lucero

Imperial Beach:
OL Andres Preciado

La Habra:
P Sean Wale

La Quinta:
WR Taylor Pope

S Darian Thompson

A.J. Richardson

Long Beach:
RB Jeremy McNichols
WR Rick Smith

Los Alamitos:
DL Matt Locher

Los Angeles:
WR Chaz Anderson
CB Raymond Ford
DE Jabril Frazier
S Damion Wright

Mission Viejo:
WR Sean Modster

LS Kevin Keane

PK Tyler Rausa

RB Cory Young
RB Kelsey Young

Penn Valley:
MLB Tanner Vallejo

Placentia, CA
DE Gabe Perez

Rancho Cucamonga:
OL Archie Lewis

WR Brock Barr   

CB Donte Deayon

TE Holden Huff

San Clemente:
PK Blake Gonzalez

San Diego:

DL David Moa
OL Mario Yakoo

San Jose:

MLB Blair Ewers

Spring Valley:
S Chanceller James

Darren Lee

S Skyler Seibold

LB Tyler Gray

Trabuco Canyon:
RB Ryan Wolpin

West Covina:

OL Eric Quevedo

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