Stalwarts in the Middle!

With Erik Helgeson and Markus Koch becoming the newest members of the BroncoCountry All-Time team, the defensive tackles are up next. Boise State has had a long history of outstanding tackles, with the pros thinking enough of them to include several on their rosters. This is a tough choice for BC posters--Consider:



Ron Franklin (1973-1974)--Franklin and his defensive mates held opponents to a paltry 278 yards in 1973, the 5th best total defense in Bronco history. While at Boise State, Franklin and the Broncos had an incredible 20-5 record, 12-0 in the Big Sky, and reached the Division 2 National Quarterfinals in 1974 and the Semifinals in 1973. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Franklin in the 15th round in 1975.


Saia Misa (1974-1975)--All-Big Sky in 1974. Misa was a force on the defensive line both years for the Broncos, helping them to 1 19-4-1 record, 2 Big Sky Championships and two straight appearances in the I-AA Quarterfinals.


Chris Malmgren (1976-1977)--1st team All-American in 1977, Honorable Mention All-American in 1976.  Chris was named to the All-Big Sky team in both 1976 and 1977. The Broncos were 14-7-1 in Malmgren's two years, including the Big Sky Championship in 1977.


Doug Scott (1976-1979)--1st team AP and Pepsi All-American in 1979, Honorable Mention All-American in 1978. Scott was an All-Big Sky selection in 1979.  In his senior year, Scott led a defensive unit that held opponents to just 12.7 points per game, the 3rd best performance in Bronco history. While Scott played at Boise State, the Broncos were 26-7, with a 16-3 Big Sky mark, and the Big Sky Champions in 1977. He was drafted in the 1st round of the CFL draft by the Montreal Allouettes.


Randy Trautman (1980-1981)--1st team AP and Kodak All-American in 1980 and 1981.  Trautman was named All-Big Sky in both 1980 and 1981.  During Trautman's years at Boise State, the Broncos were 20-6, 12-2 in the Big Sky, National I-AA Champions in 1980 and a Semifinalist in 1981. He was drafted in the 9th round by the Washington Redskins, but signed as a free agent and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.  Trautman ranks 10th in career tackles for loss at Boise State with 29, one of only 2 defensive tackles since 1980 to rank in the top 10 in this category.


Michel Bourgeau (1980-1983)--Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American in 1981, and an All-Big Sky choice in 1981 and 1983.  Bourgeau was a key member of the 1980 National Championship team as a freshman nose tackle, when they went 10-3 and 6-1 in the Big Sky. In 1981, he started and led the Broncos to an identical 10-3 mark, 6-1 in the Big Sky, and the National I-AA Semifinals. Michel was selected to play in the Blue-Gray College all-star game. Bourgeau was drafted in the 12th round by the New Orleans Saints, but signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Rough Riders and played with the team until he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1989.  Bourgeau played with Edmonton from 1989-1993.


Kimo Von Oelhoffen (1992-1993)--All-Big Sky in 1993.  In his two years at Boise State, Kimo and the Broncos were 8-14 overall and 4-10 in Big Sky play. Von Oelhoffen played in both the Blue-Gray game as well as the Hula Bowl. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Kimo in the 6th round.  Signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000 where he is playing currently.


Chris Shepherd (1990-1994)--#6 in career sacks at Boise State--the only tackle since 1987 to be in the top 10.    Shepherd also had 37 career tackles for loss, which also places him 6th all-time. Shepherd and the Broncos were 21-16 in his 3 active years, including a 13-2 mark, the Big Sky Championship, and the I-AA National runners-up in 1994.


Sione Fifita--All-Big Sky in 1995.


Bobby Setzer (1997-1998)--All-Big West in 1998.  Setzer and the Broncos had just moved into the Big West prior to Setzer coming to Boise State, and the Broncos were 7-16 overall and 4-6 in league play. He represented the Broncos in the 1998 Blue-Gray College all-star game. Setzer signed in 2003 with the Chicago Bears.  Played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL-Europe in 2004 and was named to the All-NFL Europe team as a defensive end.  Signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2004.


Bobby Hammer (1999-2002)--Most Valuable Player in 2002 Humanitarian Bowl after totaling 10 tackles and 3 tackles for loss in the Broncos' win over Iowa State. During 3 active years for the Broncos, Boise State was 33-6 overall and 22-2 in WAC play, capturing the WAC Championship in 2002 and 2003, finishing the year ranked in the top 15 in both polls in 2002 and #15 in the Coaches' poll in 2003. In addition to the 2002 win over Iowa State, the Broncos went to the home field of TCU in 2003 and defeated the Horned Frogs 34-31.


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