Hall is on preseason watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy. He's also a Preseason All-American by NationalChamps.net. The Sporting News ranks him as the nation's 10th-best linebacker. Hall paced the Bronco defense with 106 stops last season from his middle linebacker position. Korey is a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection.
He roams intensely from sideline to sideline ready to put the hit on opposing ball carriers. If you don't want to get hurt by the menacing Hall, don't carry the ball.
As good as Hall is, Brooks does
not take a backseat to him. If Hall gets
all the accolades mentioned above, then Brooks may be the nation's most
underrated ‘backer. Even Preseason
All-WAC honors from The Sporting News do not adequately reflect Brooks' value to the Broncos.
"There is nobody challenging Brooks," linebackers coach Viliami Tuivai said. "He's the guy. It's going to be his third year as the starter and it's the most productive the Sam linebacker position has been...Ever since he has taken over, it has been a very productive position versus the guy just being sound and funneling everything inside."
David Shields (6-1, 225) and Kyle Gingg (5-11, 215) carry the Broncos' future with them. They are battling for the starting job at the
Will position, but who starts the game may not matter. Both are so talented that it will be
difficult for Bronco Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox to keep either on the
sideline for long. Tuivai believes both
Shields and Gingg will be impact players this season. Shields, a converted running back, has
tremendous speed, good size and extreme toughness. Gingg runs a 4.51 40 himself and had a 3.75
G.P.A. in high school. Gingg looked at
Josh Bean (6-2, 231) is another
hard-hitter with immense talent and great instincts. He is behind Hall at middle linebacker but
when he gets his chance, he will be another star for
Boise State will be as successful as its defense. When the opposition takes over with good field position, the Bronco defense will need to perform and halt the threat. This group of linebackers will be stalwarts for that defense.