Boise State has won several games in the last few years on the strength of its special teams. The Broncos excel at this key component of the game.
consistently ranks among the nation's leaders in special teams. This year should be no different, as
Collegefootballnews.com ranked the Broncos' special units in the top 15 in the
Quinton Jones was a Pre-Season All-America choice of Blue
Ribbon College Football Yearbook as a punt returner. The Sporting News calls Jones the third-best
return man in the country. Jones enjoyed
a phenomenal year in 2005, finishing second in the nation in punt returns with
an average of 20.86 yards per return. Jones
brought three kicks to the house, including Bronco record returns of 92 yards
against Hawai'i and Boston
College. That put Quinton in select company with
Maurice Drew of UCLA and Willie Reid of Florida
State who also had three punt
returns for touchdowns. He's currently
#1 all-time at Boise State
in career punt return average. Jones
also returned 30 kickoffs for 741 yards last year (24.7 yards per return).
Sophomore Vinny Perretta is expected to join Jones to return
kickoffs this fall, in addition to playing a key role in the offense at
receiver and running back. Bronco wide
receiver Drisan James will share in those duties as well.
Marty Tadman can also handle the position—he returned seven
punts for 53 yards (7.6 average) last season.
Punter Kyle Stringer (5-8, 194) hopes to have a stellar
senior season for the Broncos. He was
named to both The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon Preseason All-WAC
teams. The Sporting News named him the
12th-best punter in the nation.
He finished third in the conference with a 41.5 yards per punt average,
nailing nine punts inside the 20.
Stringer is not one to back down either; he recorded seven tackles on
special teams. As a sophomore, Stringer
set a school record with 43.9 yards per kick and hit 12 punts inside the 20. Kyle currently ranks second in school history
in average and can wind up his career #1 all-time with an outstanding senior
year. He'll also be the backup at
placekicker for the Broncos.
Anthony Montgomery returns for his senior season at Boise
made six of 10 field goal tries and 61 of 62 extra point tries last year. He tied a school record with his 10 extra
points against Idaho and finished
ninth in the WAC in scoring.
Kyle Brotzman of Meridian
High School walked on this spring
and will provide additional backup for Montgomery. Brotzman was a second-team all-conference
choice in both his junior and senior seasons at Meridian.