Centers of Attention

<p>In the past, BroncoCountry posters have elected quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, running backs Cedric Minter and Brock Forsey, fullback David Hughes and receivers Don Hutt and Kip Bedard to the All-Time Bronco Football Team.</p><p>This article outlines the achievements of some of the best centers in Bronco history. Read through their resumes and then vote for the All-Time Best Center on the Blue Turf page.</p>



John Klotz made the All-Big Sky team and Honorable Mention All-America in 1973.  John snapped the ball to Jim McMillan and Ron Autele.  Klotz's blocking enabled Jimmy Mac to hit over 61% of his passes in 1973 (110 of 179) and John Smith to average 6.6 yards per carry that same year.  Autele threw for 19 touchdown passes in 1972.  The Broncos passed for over 466 yards per game in 1973, the 4th highest total in Bronco history, and ran for over 234 yards per game, the 3rd best for Bronco teams.  Boise State was 7-4 in 1972 and 10-3 in 1973, including 6-0 in Big Sky Conference play and the league championship.  Klotz and the Broncos advanced the Division 2 Semi-finals, where they lost in the final seconds to Louisiana Tech 38-34.


Mark Villano received Honorable Mention All-America in 1977 and was named to the All-Big Sky team and 3rd team Associated Press All-America in 1978.  Mark was the snapper for quarterbacks Greg Stern and Dee Pickett.  Stern and Pickett rank 6th and 7th all-time in career passing efficiency at Boise State.  He also blocked for backs Cedric Minter, Terry Zahner and David Hughes for the first two seasons of that trio's amazing careers.  Boise State was 9-2 in 1977 and 7-4 in 1978. 


Randy Schrader earned All-Big Sky and Honorable Mention All-America status in 1980.  Schrader was the starting center on the National Championship team, helping Joe Aliotti record the #1 and #6 best seasons in Bronco history for pass percentage (65.8% and 61.5% in 1979 and 1980).  Randy helped get Minter 1,000 yards both seasons.  The 25 rushing touchdowns in 1979 is the 6th highest ever, and the 5.1 yards per carry in 1979 and 4.9 yards per carry in 1980 are the 2 highest in Bronco history.  Schrader and Boise State also gained an incredible 250 yards per game on the ground in 1979, still the all-time best for the Broncos.  Boise State was 10-1 in 1979, then won not only the Big Sky in 1980, but the I-AA National Championship as well with a 10-3 record, downing Eastern Kentucky 31-29 in Sacramento.  


Dan Smith was named All-Big Sky in 1985.  Smith snapped for quarterback Hazen Choates, and led the way for Jon Francis to gain over 1,000 yards.  As a team, the Broncos picked up 235.5 yards per season, still the 2nd best in the Bronco record books.  Boise State was 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky. 


Paul Coffman was named All Big Sky in 1994.  Coffman helped quarterback Tony Hilde have a 3,000 yard season that year, and blocked for K.C. Adams as the speedy halfback went over 1,200 yards.  Coffman and the Broncos were 6-1 in the Big Sky, winning the league championship, then coming from behind to defeat North Texas 24-20, Appalachian State 17-14 and Marshall 28-24 in the I-AA playoffs before losing to Youngstown State 28-14 in the I-AA national championship game.


Scott Huff was named to the Western Athletic Conference 1st team as a senior in 2002, and started over 40 games for Boise State.  Huff helped Bart Hendricks throw for over 3,300 yards in 2000 and provided protection so that Ryan Dinwiddie could go over 3,000 yards in 2001, and rank #2 in passing percentage the following season with a 65.4 %.  In fact, the two quarterbacks who played behind Scott rank 2-3 in Bronco total offense history. Huff also paved the way for Brock Forsey's 1,207 yards in 2001 and all-time records of 1,611 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in 2002.  Huff and the Boise State offense racked up 688 yards against Fresno State in '02, the 2nd best total offense ever recorded.  Huff and his mates on the line provided the blocking needed to score 43 rushing touchdowns, the highest Bronco total until the 2004 season.  Their average of 45.6 points per game set a Bronco record and led the nation. Huff also started on the 2000 team that led the nation in scoring at 44.9 points a game.   Boise State went 8-4 in 2001, including the Broncos' first win over a Top 10 team (35-30 over Fresno State), then exploded onto the national scene in a 12-1 campaign in 2002. Boise State jumped into the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll and finished the year in the top 15 of both.   The Broncos were undefeated in WAC play and defeated their first "BCS team" (Iowa State) 34-16 in the Humanitarian Bowl.



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