A Sterling Secondary

Bump and Run. Zone Defense. Double Cover. Backpedaling. Pass Deflections. Interception. They are all basic for the players on the team that often are the last defense against an opponent score. BroncoCountry has chosen 7 members of it's All-Time team. The final four spots are about to be handed out. These secondary members represent some of the top coverage corners and tacklers in Boise State history. Which of them will get your vote?

 

Cornerbacks:

Steve Forrey (1968-1970) still is the career interceptions record holder with 24, a record that has stood for 35 years. He also holds the single-season record with 12 in 1968 and the single-game record with 4 interceptions against Idaho State in 1968. Forrey is also tied for 4th for his 1969 season that featured 8 interceptions. Steve was a major reason the 1969 team is the all-time record holder for fewest total yards allowed in a season (176.5) and the 1968 team is 3rd in that category (250.2). Forrey and his secondary mates held opponents to just a 36% completion percentage in '69. The '69 team also holds the record for being the stingiest Bronco defense at 10.5 points allowed per game. The 1968 team that Forrey starred on (12.4) is 3rd. In his three years at Boise State, the Broncos were 25-9 in their first three years out of junior college.

Ken Johnson (1968-1970) ranks 6th in career interceptions with 14. Johnson is also tied for 2nd for picks in a season with 9 interceptions in 1969. Johnson was the only secondary member of the Bronco teams that not only rank 1-2-3 in Total Defense but also 1-2-3 in Scoring Defense all-time. Johnson and Boise State gave up just 104.9 passing yards per game in 1970, the best performance ever by a Bronco defense and that '70 defense ranks 2nd in Scoring Defense with 11.7 points a game given up.

Greg Frederick (1971-1973) had 3 interceptions vs. UC-Davis in 1973. Frederick and the Bronco team held opposing quarterbacks to a 37.4 completion percentage. In Frederick's three seasons at Boise State, the Broncos were 27-9, with Big Sky titles in both '71 and '73, a Camelia Bowl victory over Chico State in 1971, and a semi-final appearance in the Division 2 national playoffs in 1973.

Rolly Woolsey (1972-1974) had 6 interceptions in 1974. Woolsey and the Bronco defense set the all-time record for holding opponents to the lowest pass percentage in 1973 (35.8%). Included in that year were a 2-21 for Montana State, a 3-24 for Cal Poly-SLO and a 3-20 by South Dakota in the Division 2 national playoffs. The Broncos allowed just 87 pass completions that year, tied for the all-time record. The three years that Woolsey played, Boise State held opponents to 37.4% in 1972, the 35.8% in 1973 and 39.8% in 1974. Woolsey and the Broncos went 27-9 in his 3 years with 2 Big Sky Championships, a Division 2 semifinal game against Louisiana Tech in '73 and a quarterfinal spot in the '74 playoffs. Rolly was an All-Big Sky selection as well as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1974. Woolsey was drafted in the 6th round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns. Woolsey was elected to the Bronco Hall of Fame in 1988.

Gary Rosolowich (1973-1976) had 11 career interceptions, 6 of those in 1975. "Rosol" and the Bronco defense allowed just a paltry 87 completions for the entire season in 1975. During the 3 years he was a star for the Bronco defense, Boise State went 24-9-2 with 2 Big Sky Championships and back-to-back berths in the Division 2 quarterfinals. Rosolowich was an All-Big Sky and Honorable Mention All-American in both 1975 and 1976 and went on to play in the Canadian Football League.

Ed Thomas (1978) was drafted in the 2nd round of the CFL draft by the Calgary Stampeders in 1979.

Chris Bell (1978-1981) had 6 interceptions in 1981. In his last three seasons, Boise State was 30-7, one of the most successful periods in Bronco history. They won the National Championship in 1980 and advanced all the way to the semifinals the following year.

Jeff Turk (1981-1982) was All-Big Sky in 1982. Turk and the Broncos were 18-6 in his two years here.

Chuck Compton (1984-1986) was All-Big Sky in 1984.

Keith Morioka (1987-1988) had 6 interceptions in 1988.

Anthony Brown (1988, 1990-1991) is tied for 8th on the all-time list with 12 career interceptions. Brown had 7 picks in 1990. Brown and the Broncos were 25-12 in his three seasons at Boise State, including advancing to the I-AA semifinals in 1990.

Frank Robinson (1988-1991) is 2nd all-time in career interceptions with 22. He is one of 7 players to pick off 3 passes in a game when he did it in the I-AA playoffs vs. Northern Iowa in 1990. Frank's total of 8 interceptions in 1991 ranks in a tie for 4thon the single-season list. He also had another 6 in 1990 and his interception return yardage of 209 in his career is 4th to Larkin, Forrey and Johnson. Frank also played basketball for Boise State and added 3 interceptions in the post season. Robinson was named All-Big Sky in both 1990 and 1991 and was on 3 All-American teams in 1991. The Broncos were 23-13 in Robinson's last three years. Frank was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos; he played with the Scottish Claymores in 1997. Robinson was elected to the Boise State Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ken McKelvey (1991-1992) enjoyed a stellar season with 6 interceptions in 1992.

Rashid Gayle (1992-1995) is 10th on the Bronco career interceptions list with 11. Gayle had 7 interceptions in 1994, tied for 7th. Gayle was named All-Big Sky and was a 1st team All-American in 1994. He was also All-Big Sky in 1995. Boise State was 20-6 during Rashid's key years, including an appearance in the Division I-AA National Championship game of 1994.

Dempsy Dees (1997-2000) stands 7th in career interceptions with 13. Dees had 6 interceptions in 1999. Dees was an All-Big West pick in both 1999 and 2000. Boise State was 26-10 during the time Dees was a star in the Bronco secondary, including back-to-back Big West titles, a 34-31 win over Louisville in the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl and a 38-23 victory over UTEP in the 2000 H-Bowl. Dees played in the East-West Shrine Game and went on to play with the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.

D. Ross (1999-2000) was an All-Big West selection in 2000. In both seasons that he played in Boise, Ross and the Broncos won the Big West as well as Humanitarian Bowls.

Gabe Franklin (2001-2004) is 3rd in the record books for career interceptions. The likable Franklin is 4th in interceptions in a season with 8 in 2002. Gabe played all four seasons during the Broncos' run to national prominence, a period in which they went 45-7, won 3 Western Athletic Conference Championships, won the 2002 Humanitarian Bow, the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl and played in the 2004 Liberty Bowl. Boise State was one of only eight teams to finish in the top 15 in the nation in each of the last three seasons. Franklin signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers.

 

Safeties:

Joe Larkin (1971-1972) tied for 4th with 15 career interceptions. He is tied for 2nd on the single-season list with 9 in 1971. Also had 6 in 1972. Joe also knew what to do with the ball when he picked it off. He is 1-2 in single-season interception return yards with 232 in 1971 and 159 in 1971. He is easily the career leader in that department with 391. He also ran 3 pickoffs all the way to the house in 1971, a 71-yarder against UNLV, a 68-yarder against Northern Arizona and a 64-yarder against Central Washington. Larkin and the Broncos went 10-2 with a Big Sky Championship in 1971.

Ron Neal (1972-1973) made the All-Big Sky team in 1973. Neal was a key force behind the Broncos' 10-3 run in 1973 and appearance in the Division 2 semifinal game against Louisiana Tech.

Clint Sigman (1972-1975) is tied for 8th with 12 career interceptions. Sigman was a star for all three Big Sky Championship teams of 1973, 1974 and 1975. They made the Division 2 playoffs each year, making it to the semifinals in 1973.

Jim Meeks (1971, 1972, 1975) Meeks helped the Broncos win the 1975 Big Sky Championship and make the Division 2 quarterfinals. He was drafted in the 17th round by the Detroit Lions in 1976.

Ken West (1974-1977) was an All-Big Sky pick and Honorable Mention All-American in 1977. Boise State won the Big Sky in '77 with a 9-2 mark.

Sam Miller (1975-1978) was All-Big Sky in 1978. Miller was another key member of the secondary in 1977 that won the league title.

Rick Woods (1978-1981) had 3 interceptions in the post season, including a 73-yard return against Jackson State in 1981. Woods was All Big Sky in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and an Honorable Mention All-American in 1979. Woods and his Bronco mates held opponents to just 12.7 points a game in 1979, the 4th best performance every by a Boise State defense. Woods and the Broncos amassed a 30-7 mark in his three years as a starter, winning the National Championship in '80 and just missing a return trip the following year when they lost in the semifinals to Eastern Kentucky. Woods played in 2 college all-star games in 1981, the Blue-Gray and the Olympia Gold Bowl. Woods was drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was elected to the Boise State Hall of Fame in 1989.

Maury Moore (1983-1986) was All-Big Sky and an Honorable Mention All-American in 1986.

Kenny Kuehl (1987-1990) is 10th on the career interception list with 11. He is also 6th in career tackles with 332. Kenny was named All-Big Sky and 2nd team All-American in 1988. He converted to linebacker in 1989. The following season, Kuehl and Boise State made it to the Division I-AA semifinal game and the 3-overtime thriller against Nevada, putting together a 10-4 record.

Darrin Lyle (1988-1991) is 4th on the all-time interceptions list with 15, led by his 6 interceptions in 1991. Lyle was another member of the I-AA semifinal team in 1990.

Shaunard Harts (1997-2000) stands 10th in tackles for loss in a season (2000) with 14. His spectacular 80-yard interception return against Louisville's NFL quarterback Chris Redman gave the Broncos a 21-17 lead in the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl. Shaunard helped Boise State enjoy unprecedented success, winning the Big West in both 1999 and 2000 and the 2 H-Bowl victories over Louisville and UTEP. Harts was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. He is beginning his 5th season for the Chiefs.

Quintin Mikell (1999-2002) is 9th in career in tackles for loss with 30, as the Broncos sent him often on a safety blitz. "Q", one of the most dependable tacklers for the Broncos, was named All-Big West in 2000, All-WAC in 2001 and All-WAC, Defensive Player of the Year and 3rd team All-American by The Sporting News in 2002. Mikell, a four-year starter, was a major reason the Broncos won 3 conference titles during his career. They also won 2 Humanitarian Bowls and the 2002 Fort Worth Bowl. During Mikell's time, they defeated #8 Fresno State in 2001 and finished in the top 15 in the country in 2002. Mikell represented the Broncos in the 2002 East-West Shrine Game. Quintin was signed as a free agent in 2003 by the Philadelphia Eagles and played in the 2005 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Wes Nurse (2000-2003) ranks 13th in career tackles with 294. He had 10 in Boise State's win over Big 12 member Iowa State in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl. Nurse was named All-WAC in 2003, helping the Broncos win the WAC for the 2nd straight year and toppling TCU in the Fort Worth Bowl.

Chris Carr (2001-2004) had 3 interceptions against Nevada in 2003, one of only a handful that has accomplished the feat. Carr's 4-year record at Boise State is a staggering 45-7. Although he was injured for a good part of his senior season, he was a huge factor at both cornerback and safety, was Team Captain and was one of the surest tacklers in Bronco history. Carr signed as a free agent with Oakland, where he is getting a good look with the Raiders.


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