A Special Test for the Broncos

We're within ten days of the opening kickoff to the 2006 Bronco football season as Boise State prepares to meet Sacramento State. Here's what we can expect from the Hornet special teams.

The special teams units are another strength for Sacramento State going into the 2006 season.

Kicker Juan Gamboa was a perfect six-for-six in field goal tries last season for the Hornets. His range is up to about 45 yards. Punter Mitch Lively was an honorable mention all-Big Sky selection last year after averaging 39.5 yards.

"Mitch is a great athlete with an NFL-caliber leg and body," said Hornets Coach Steve Mooshagian. "I am excited to watch how he develops this year and into the future. The sky is truly the limit for him."

Kris Daniels was second-team all-Big Sky as a kickoff returner. He led the league with a 27.4 average per return, good for seventh nationally in Division I-AA. Bobby Mooshagian, the coach's son, is expected to return punts. Torrell Baker and Ryan Coogler may also see action on the kickoff return team.

Boise State has prided itself in having great special teams for years. Sacramento State has their own strengths in this area. This matchup does provide a good early test for the Bronco special teamers.


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