Salute to the Seniors

The 2004 seniors at Boise State have accomplished feats that no other Bronco class before them has. Prior to the Saturday 1 pm kickoff against Louisiana Tech, Boise State fans will honor the players during Senior Day at Bronco Stadium.

BroncoCountry.com and the entire Bronco nation salutes the following seniors who will be honored during Senior Day prior to the kickoff of the Boise State-Louisiana Tech game this Saturday afternoon. T.J. Acree, Klayton Adams, M.J. Ansel, Andy Avalos, Lawrence Bady, Deshan Cabaong, Chris Carr, Gabe Franklin, Tim Hefty, Jarret Horn, Tyler Jones, Derek Kishpaugh, Mark Onibokun, Julius Roberts, Michael Sanford and Andy Weldon—your contributions have been enormous in taking the Boise State program to new heights. In the last four years, these players have combined for a 42-6 record. Only Miami of Florida at 42-5 and Oklahoma at 45-6 have better records during that span. In the last three years, the Broncos at 34-2 sit atop the nation with the best record since 2002.

This season, Boise State is one of just 5 Division I-A undefeated teams in the nation at 9-0 and are ranked 12th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, 13th in the Associated Press poll, and 9th in the BCS Standings. In 2003, the Broncos were ranked 15th in the Coaches' Poll and 16th in the AP and 17th in the final BCS Standings. They compiled a 13-1 record, WAC Championship with a perfect 8-0 record, and a 34-31 victory over the hometown TCU Horned Frogs in the Fort Worth Bowl. In 2002, the Broncos were 8-0 in the WAC and 12-1 overall, ranked 12th in the ESPN poll and 15th in the AP. The Broncos defeated Iowa 34-16 in the Humanitarian Bowl that year. In 2001, Boise State was 8-4 and 6-2 in their first year in the WAC.

Ø       T.J. Acree (Wide Receiver) is a Business Management Major that walked on in 2000 and red-shirted his freshman season. For his career, Acree has totaled 91 catches thus far for 1,489 yards and 13 touchdowns. This season, Acree leads the team in receiving with 39 catches for 683 yards and 6 touchdowns with 2 100-yard+ receiving games. In 2003, he caught 51 passes for 758 yards (6th in the WAC) and 7 touchdowns, including 3 100-yard plus receiving games as a junior. His first 100-yard + game was at Oregon State. He caught 8 passes for 150 yards in the win over TCU in the Fort Worth Bowl. . Acree was a backup as a sophomore, but did throw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Donny Heck against Hawai'i. Acree recorded a 500-pound back squat and a 342-pound hang clean in the weight room this season to lead all receivers. Acree is from Pocatello's Highland High School, where he caught 65 passes for 1600 yards his senior season and also nailed 34-35 PAT's as Highland's kicker. 

Ø       Klayton Adams (Center), a Major in Communications, came to Boise State via the junior college route (American River College) walking on in January of 2003 and starting his first game in the pressure-packed situation of a bowl game later that year--the Fort Worth Bowl. He scored touchdowns on fumble recoveries and is credited with a tackle. He played for Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California, where Klayton made 104 tackles his senior year. 

Ø       M.J. Ansel (Guard), a Business Economics Major, has battled back from an earlier season injury to return to the Broncos—he's a two-year starter at guard. Michael played high school at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, where he as a two-time All-League selection and first team All-Orange County.  

Ø       Andy Avalos (Linebacker), a Major in Criminal Justice, signed a letter of intent in February of 2000 and after red-shirting his freshman year, is a four-year starter. Avalos is always around the football, as evidenced by his 334 career tackles (4th in the Bronco record books), 5 ½ sacks and 19 tackles for loss. This season, Andy has 33 solo and 65 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks,4 pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a safety. An All-WAC selection and the Broncos' leading tackler in 2002 and 2003\ In 2003, Avalos had 113 tackles with 50 of them being unassisted with 8 ½ for loss and 1 sack, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 pass breakups. He recorded double digit tackle totals in 6 different games, including 13 in the Fort Worth Bowl. In 2002, he had 107 tackles, including 13 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack in the Humanitarian Bowl against Iowa State. Avalos lifted 388 pounds in the hang clean to lead the linebacking corps in that department. Andy played both offense (325 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns) and defense (142 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 sacks and a touchdown) at Corona High School. 

Ø       Lawrence Bady (Wide Receiver), a Social Science Major, came to Boise State from Sacramento City College, where he snared 66 receptions for 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. For his career at Boise State, Bady has 47 catches so far for 989 yards (21.04 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns. The 21.04 average is on target to break Lou Fanucchi's all-time Bronco career record of 19.49. This season, Bady has 18 receptions for 263 yards and has rushed 10 times for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bady also recorded a 39.5 inch vertical jump to lead all receivers. In 2003, the star wideout had 29 catches for 726 yards (8th in the WAC) with 2 100-yard + receiving games and the 25.03 yards per catch average broke the season record. He had a 98-yard catch, another school record, against SMU. Lawrence played for Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, California, where he rushed for 741 yards and caught 15 passes for 179 yards. 

Ø       Deshan Cabaong (Safety), a Criminal Justice Major, signed with Boise State in February, 2000 and red-shirted his first year. Thus far, Cabaong has 53 career tackles, including 22 solo tackles, 36 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions for 30 yards, 2 pass breakups and a blocked kick this season. Deshan also has a punt return for 33 yards. Played high school at Locke High School in Compton, California.  

Ø       Chris Carr (Safety) is Majoring in Political Science at Boise State. For his career, Carr has 105 solo tackles, 178 total tackles, 12 ½ for loss, and 1 ½ sacks. He has also returned 35 kickoffs for 923 yards and 28 punts for 559 and 3 touchdowns. Chris has missed a good part of his senior year with a broken collarbone but prior to that injury had 21 punt returns for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 19.90 punt return average was #2 in the nation at the time of his injury and shatters the existing 18.1 average by Kerry Lawyer in 1992 that was the best in Bronco history until this year. Carr was also ranked in the top 10 nationally earlier this year with 7 kickoff returns for 194 yards (27.7 average) and he also picked up 13 yards on a reverse on offense. On defense, Carr has 6 solo tackles, 18 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, ½ sack and 3 pass breakups and an interception. In 2003, he was Special Teams Player of the Week in the WAC after blocking a punt that was recovered for a touchdown against BYU and Defensive Player of the Week against Nevada following 3 interceptions (tied for 2nd in the Bronco record book). For the season, Carr was credited with 81 tackles, including 46 unassisted, 4 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries. He also returned 27 kickoffs (2nd all-time) for 710 (26.3 average) and 6 punts for 199 yards (19.8 yards per return). As a nickel back in 2002, Carr had 47 tackles and was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his blocked punt and touchdown against Hawai'i. Carr had 32 tackles as a freshman and was a starter at cornerback for part of that year. Carr played for McQueen High School in Reno, where he was an all-state running back for three years and Nevada Player of the Year his senior season. He rushed for 1,944 yards and 34 touchdowns that year in addition to recording 25 tackles on defense. In his high school career, Carr amassed over 4,000 yards on the ground and scored 74 TD's.  

Ø       Gabe Franklin (Cornerback), a Psychology Major, is a 2-time 2nd team All-WAC selection. He signed his letter of intent in February, 2000 and red-shirted his first season. With three games to go this season, Gabe has 17 career interceptions, behind only Steve Forrey's 24 and Frank Robinson's 22 on the all-time Bronco list. Franklin also has 145 unassisted tackles, 198 total tackles, 3 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, and 52 pass breakups. To date in 2004, Franklin has 3 interceptions for 23 yards with 24 solo tackles, 38 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 14 pass breakups. 4th in the WAC in passes defended with 19. In 2003, Franklin had 73 tackles, 53 unassisted 1 tackle for loss and 16 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown and 2 interceptions. In 2002, Franklin was 5th in the nation in interceptions with 8, the 4th highest season total in Boise State history. He also tied teammate Julius Roberts for 1st in the WAC with 17 passes defended and was credited with 51 tackles. Franklin also had 50 tackles and 3 interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 2 sacks in 2001, his first as a starter. Gabe played at Bishop O' Dowd High School in Hayward, California, where he gained 1,118 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns on offense and made 63 tackles and 4 interceptions in defense.

Ø       Tim Hefty (Linebacker), a Major in Physical Education, signed with the Broncos in February, 2000 and red-shirted that first season. Hefty has 27 career tackles, including 4 solo tackles and 7 total tackles this season. Hefty also has 2 kickoff returns for 18 yards. Came back after a dislocated shoulder in 2002Played High School at Aliso Niguel High School in Laguna Niguel, California, where he made 70 tackles, 13 sacks and 13 tackles for loss and was selected to the Orange County National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. 

Ø       Jarred Horn (Wide Receiver), a Psychology Major, walked on with the Broncos in January of 2003 after attending Rocky Mountain and Carroll Colleges. Horn had 7 tackles on special teams in 2003. Played at Notus High School, where he earned all-state accolades as a running back his last 2 seasons and was named the league's MVP as a senior. He ran for 1,412 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and scored 24 touchdowns and also had 68 tackles on defense as a senior. 

Ø       Tyler Jones (Placekicker), a Business Major at Boise State, earned a scholarship after walking on prior to the 2001 season. Jones is 39-53 on field goal attempts for his career with 255 points and a long field goal of 52 yards. Tyler ranks 3rd in field goals behind Mike Black's 51 and Nick Calaycay's 45, 5th in all-time scoring with 255 points, 2nd in points after touchdown with 138 an d the 52-yarder is the 6th longest in Bronco history. This year, Jones has nailed 17 of 20 (with 1 of the misses coming from 60 yards) and a long kick of 47. Tyler also has consistently boomed kickoffs into and out of opponents' end zones for his entire career. In 76 kickoffs, he averages 62.4 yards per kick with 31 touchbacks. Jones earned Honorable Mention All-WAC in 2003 after leading the league in scoring with 132 points (11th in the nation and 2nd on the all-time single-season Bronco list). He was 19-25 in field goals and 75-76 in extra points. The 75 PAT's are an all-time Bronco record. Tyler earned Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2003 and once in 2002 as a kickoff specialist. In addition to his kicking prowess, Jones has a 30-inch vertical leap, which he may have threatened following his game-winner against Tulsa! He also has a 275-pound bench press and lifted 281 pounds in the Hang Clean in the weight room. Jones played high school football at Boise's Borah High School. 

Ø       Derek Kishpaugh (Offensive Line), a Major in Athletic Training, #63, Kamiah High School, walked on in the fall of 2000 and red-shirted his freshman season. At Kamiah, Kishpaugh earned 2 letters in football, 1 in basketball and 1 in track and field.

Ø       Mark Onibokun (Defensive Secondary), a Psychology Major, spent a year at Butte College and 1 at Foothill College before coming to Boise State 12 career catches for 126 yards. This season, he has 6 catches for 71 yards, 1 rush for 4 yards and 1 pass for 8 yards on offense and 2 solo tackles, 3 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and an interception on defense. 12 kickoff returns for 307 (25.6 average). At Butte, he caught 41 passes for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Ø       Julius Roberts (Defensive End), a Major in Elementary Education, signed his letter of intent to play at Boise State in February of 2000 and red-shirted his freshman year. To go along with his tremendous size, Roberts also runs a 4.71 40-yard dash. He played considerably in 2002 and is a two-year starter for the Broncos. Roberts with 28 career solo tackles, 63 total tackles, 10 ½ sacks and 15 tackles for loss, 5 pass breakups, 4 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries. This season, Roberts has 7 solo tackles, 19 total tackles, 3 ½ tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was on the Rotary Lombardi Watch List for an award that goes to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman. Roberts was 1st team All-WAC in 2003 after recording 24 tackles, 12 unassisted, 9 ½ tackles for loss and 5 ½ sacks, 3 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles. Julius played at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, where he recorded 75 tackles and 12 ½ sacks his senior year and was named to the East-West All-Star game. 

Ø       Michael Sanford (Quarterback), a Political Science Major. Sanford has hit on 16 of 31 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in his career. Mike played at Los Alamitos High School in California, where he guided his team to an 11-2 record and the semi-finals of the state playoffs. Sanford threw for 1,865 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.  

Ø       Andy Weldon (Tight End), a Political Science Major, joined Boise State in January, 2002 and red-shirted his first year after transferring from Shasta Junior College. Weldon has 7 receptions for 82 yards and a TD and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He recorded a 500-pound back squat and a 388-pound hang clean in the weight room.


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