Oh So Special...

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.

Boise State 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 nation.

 

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 State.  Montgomery 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. 


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