Looking for Precision

The next article up in the 30-Day Countdown is a preview of the Boise State tight ends and wide receivers. The talent is there as usual, and with a new wide receiver coach, there is hope that the onfield performance will improve.

When tight end Derek Schouman (6'2 233lbs) steps onto the field for his senior season many fans anticipate a lot of "Schouman Salutes". For newer fans, that means taking one of your shoes off and saluting the talented tight end after a great play.

The tight ends play a pivotal roll on the Bronco offense with one or even two of them in the formation at all times. Derek Schouman will be the starter and key player in the offense this year. He's a talented receiver that can stretch the field on the best defenses and is also an amazing blocker.

Junior TE, Ryan Putnam – (6'2 244lbs) will also see significant playing time this season. He's had a terrific spring and fall camp and has been taking a lot of reps with the first team while Schouman has been sidelined with minor hamstring troubles. Ryan really stands out with his ability to block but he also has been improving his receiving skills with touchdown catches in fall scrimmages.

RS Freshman Richie Brockel (6-2, 247lbs) has the fans excited. Already the biggest of the tight end group, Richie has been showing extremely great confidence to get into the rotation. Watch out for Jared Hunter (6-4, 225, sr.), Julian Hawkins (6-3 , 231, so.), and Chris O'Neill (6-3, 233, so.) to stretch the field this year. These three are fast and have the ability to contribute downfield.

Other tight end names to remember are Tommy Gallarda – (6'6 225lbs) and Peter Elliott – (6'3 225lbs). The two will likely redshirt this season.

________________________________________ Wide Receivers

The Broncos return four of their top five receivers, including three seniors with something to prove. Seniors Jerard Rabb (6-2, 199), Legedu Naanee (6-2, 228) and Drisan James (5-11, 186) bring a combination of athletic ability, game-day knowledge, and speed to the position.

We'll begin with Legedu Naanee because he encapsulates everything a fan would want in a Bronco uniform--a tireless team player that works hard on and off the field. Legedu switched to wide receiver from quarterback during the last few games of his sophomore season. With a full junior year under his belt and the knowledge of a QB, he possesses the weapons to excel this season.

With a work ethic much like Legedu, Jerard Rabb worked hard in last years' offseason to earn a large amount of playing time last year. With the hops and athletic ability of a college basketball player, Jerard has the talent to reach up high and pull down some amazing catches.

Drisan James brings pure speed and surgical routes to this year's offense. With the most experience of any of the wide receivers, Drisan is on a mission to prove he's the best WR to wear a bronco uniform this year.

________________________________________ Wildcards at WR

There is so much depth at the receiver position this year there are more than a few receivers to keep in mind this year. Sophomore Vinny Perretta (5-9, 194) follows a long storied line of walk-ons that bring a lunch pail attitude with them. Peretta had a breakout performance in last years MPC Computers Bowl and spent time this spring and fall at the running back position as well.

RS freshman Jeremy Childs (6-0, 184) could have easily played last season as a true freshman but chose to redshirt and learn the system. Childs has great hands and is a true possession receiver that could see his playing time increase dramatically as the season progresses.

RS freshman Aiona Key (6-4, 205) IS AN ATHELETE!!! This high school long jumper turned receiver possesses an amazing amount of athletic ability that could land him in the secondary if he can't break into the lineup this season. Chances are he will see plenty of playing time regardless of which side of the ball he's on.

Sophomore Tanyon Bissell (5-10, 189) and Sophomore Nick Harris (5-11, 170) are two other receivers that could see some time this year as well.


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