The 2004 Boise State recruiting class was added after the Broncos had placed in the Top 15 for two consecutive years. Like the 2003 class before it, it would not be a stretch to say Bronco fans have high expectations for those recruits. So far, they've begun to make an impact. In fact, even though they're a year younger than the 2003 recruits are, already six players are poised to start. That compares to four players from the 2003 class that were recruited as freshmen that have become regular starters.
Marty Tadman is the leader of the class so far. He played as a true freshman in 2004 and last season he made the All-WAC second team. Not only that, but The Sporting News named Tadman the 10th best free safety in the nation. Tadman has acquired a reputation of having a nose for the ball and was in on 101 tackles last fall, second on the team. 48 of those were solo tackles. Tadman led the Broncos with five interceptions, recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and seven pass breakups.
Ryan Clady is another member of the 2004 class who has excelled. Starting ten games, Clady was named to the Freshman All-America team by ESPN.com last year, Clady is now on the Outland Trophy Watch List as a sophomore and will play right tackle for the Broncos.
Ian Johnson was second on the team as a freshman last season with 663 yards, averaging 5.6 yards every time he touched the ball, while scoring four touchdowns. The 663 yards is the fourth most by a freshman in the history of Bronco football, trailing only Cedric Minter (877 yards), Chris Thomas (818) and Terry Zahner (724). Johnson is poised to start this fall.
Nick Schlekeway began to play immediately on the defensive line for Boise State. He's now a starter at left defensive end. Last season, Schlekeway had 33 tackles with two for loss, 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. In 2004 while playing tackle, he was in on 15 tackles, one for loss, with .5 sacks and two pass breakups.
Andrew Woodruff has excelled with an outstanding work ethic and a desire to contribute. For his efforts, he's rewarded with a starting job this fall at right tackle. Last season he started three games at right guard and played the entire second half against Louisiana Tech, when the Broncos ran for 208 yards.
David Shields is a converted running back that is listed as #1 on the Bronco depth chart at the "Will" linebacker. He played backup linebacker and special teams last year, accounting for nine tackles including one for loss.
Ellis Powers is a backup free safety, inserted into the defensive nickel and dime packages last year. Powers was active, making 19 tackles, three for loss, with two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Kyle Gingg is a contender for the starting "Will" linebacker and plays special teams. Gingg started against Georgia and finished the year with nine tackles.
Tim Volk came to Boise State as a transfer from the University of Arizona. He is a contender for the starting job at left defensive tackle. He had five tackles last season with .5 for loss. In 2004, Volk made two starts and finished the year with 14 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks.
Tanyon Bissell was a backup wide receiver and played special teams last season. He caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown and made two tackles and a fumble recovery.
Bush Hamdan has been a backup quarterback, currently listed as third string. Last season in limited play, he was 3-8 for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Chris O'Neill is a backup tight end that played in four games last season.
Philip Edwards played backup defensive tackle last season. He saw action in two games and made one tackle.
Sean Bingham is a backup defensive end who played two games last year, registering one sack.
Toshi Franklin played backup wide receiver last year.
John Gott is a backup offensive lineman.
Julian Hawkins is a backup tight end for Boise State.
Joe Bozikovich is a backup defensive tackle. He suffered a knee injury prior to the 2005 season.
Cameron Filkins sat out the fall semester of 2004 and then redshirted in 2005.