Benchmarks To Measure Up To

If the 2006 Bronco defense needs a team to model themselves after, they need look no further than past stingy "D's" at Boise State. Who can forget Rade, Kwiatkowski, Helgeson, Keever, Woolsey, Polowski and Mikell? They played on defenses which set the standard with their tenacious pass rush, relentless pursuit of running backs, and that special knack for getting the turnover.

There has been talk that Boise State will feature a pretty good defense this fall.  Well, talk is cheap and only results matter.  The 2006 Bronco defense will have a long ways to go to match the top defenses in Boise State history.  For them to be as good at their level as others before them, they will have to put up some amazing statistics.

For instance, the 1968 Boise State defense held opponents to seven or fewer points five out of ten games that season, including two shutouts.  The 1969 Boise State defense allowed just 1.1 rushing yards per carry, a mere 40.7 rushing yards per game and only 175.4 yards of total offense per game.  That same Bronco defense held opponents to a passing percentage of 36.1% while intercepting 36 passes and held them to a skimpy  10.5 points per game.  The 1970 defense allowed just 104.9 yards per game through the air.  The 1973 defense recovered 23 fumbles and held opponents to a 35.8% passing percentage and only 87 completions all year long!  The '73 Broncos held opponents to 10 or fewer points an incredible six times during the season.  The 1975 Bronco defense would also allow just 87 completions the entire season.

For comparison, the 2002 Boise State defense (its best in Division I-A) allowed 3.4 rushing yards per carry, 111.2 rushing yards per game, 229.6 passing yards per game,  271 completions and a completion percentage of 51.7%.  They allowed 340.8 yards of total offense and 16.4 points per game while intercepting 17 passes and recovering 11 fumbles.

The 1982 Boise State team featured five players that would go on to play in the National Football League. The 1986 team held opponents to 17 or fewer points in six of the 11 games and highlighted this trio: defensive end Lance Sellers, who had 27 tackles for loss, defensive tackle Pete Kwiatkowski (now Bronco defensive line coach) who had 15 sacks and 18 tackles for loss and linebacker Rex Walters who had 23 tackles for loss. All in the same year!

Without a doubt, the talent level is far above that of the early teams.  However, the defense has not been near as dominating as other Bronco units before them.

The rumor is that the Bronco defense will be much improved over last year.  How good are they?  Here are the benchmarks by which the 2006 Boise State defense will be measured by:

 

1968

Allowed 1.9 rushing yards per carry

Allowed 76.9 rushing yards per game

Allowed 173.3 passing yards per game

Allowed 250.2 yards of total offense per game

Allowed 12.4 points per game

Intercepted 34 passes

 

The 1968 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Faddie Tillman (Sr.)—Played for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL

LT—Alan Ellert (So.)

RT—Rocky Lima (Sr.)

RE—Gordon Stewart (So.)-- Drafted by the Sascatchewan RoughRiders of the CFL

LB—Butch Frisch (Sr.)

LB—Steve Svitak (Jr.)—Drafted by the Oakland Raiders of the NFL

LB—Chuck Wilson (Jr.)

CB—Gordon Olsen (Jr.)

CB—Tom Kelly (Jr.)

S—Steve Forrey (So.)—12 interceptions (all-time Bronco record)

S—Ken Johnson (So.)

 

1969

Allowed 1.1 rushing yards per carry

Allowed 40.7 rushing yards per game

Allowed 135.8 passing yards per game

Allowed a completion percentage of just 36.1%

Allowed 176.5 yards of total offense per game

Allowed 10.5 points per game

Intercepted 36 passes

 

The 1969 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Charles Holmes (Sr.)

LT—Alan Ellert (Jr.)

RT—Val Garrison (Sr.)

RE—Gordon Stewart (Jr.)-- Drafted by the Sascatchewan RoughRiders of the CFL

LB—Lew  McFarlin (Sr.)

LB—Steve Svitak (Sr.)—Associated Press All-American, Drafted by the Oakland Raiders of the NFL

LB—Chuck Wilson (Sr.)

CB—Gordon Olsen (Sr.)

CB—Tom Kelly (Sr.)

S—Steve Forrey (Jr.)—8 interceptions

S—Ken Johnson (Jr.)—9 interceptions

 

 

1970

Allowed 143.6 rushing yards per game

Allowed 104.9 passing yards per game

Allowed just 92 completions for the season

Allowed a completion percentage of 39.7%

Allowed 11.7 points per game

Recovered 22 fumbles

 

The 1970 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Faddie Tillman (Sr.)

LT—Alan Ellert (Sr.)

RT—Mike Greever (So.)

RE—Gordon Stewart (Sr.)—Drafted by the Sascatchewan RoughRiders of the CFL

LB—Ray Rodriguez (So.)

LB—Charlie Holmes (Sr.)

LB—John Walker (Sr.)

CB—Scott Bowles (Sr.)

CB—Brett Staples (Jr.)

S—Steve Forrey (Sr.)

S—Ken Johnson (Sr.)

 

 

1971

Recovered 23 fumbles

 

The 1971 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Pete Skow (Sr.)

LT—Mike Greever (Jr.)

RT—Doug Borah (Jr.)

RE—Al Davis (Jr.)

LB—Ray Rodriguez (Jr.)

LB—Steve Vogel (Sr.)—All-Big Sky Conference, Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the NFL

LB—John Walker (Jr.)

CB—Charlie Fields (Jr.)

CB—Dave Ober (Jr.)

S—Brett Staples (Sr.)

S—Joe Larkin (Jr.)—9 interceptions

 

 

1972

Allowed 120.7 passing yards per game

Allowed just 91 completions all season

Held Opponents to 37.4% passing

 

The 1972 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Ken Mills (So.)

LT—Mike Greever (Jr.)

RT—Blessing Bird (Jr.)

RE—Al Davis (Sr.)

LB—Ray Rodriguez (Sr.)

LB—Loren Schmidt (So.)

LB—Claude Tomasini (So.)

CB—Rolly Woolsey (So..)—Played for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL

CB—Greg Frederick (Jr.)—All-Big Sky Conference

S—Jim Meeks (Jr.)—Drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL

S—Joe Larkin (Sr.)—6 interceptions

 

 

1973

Allowed 150 rushing yards per game

Allowed 128 passing yards per game

Allowed 87 completions for the season

Allowed a completion percentage of 35.8%

Allowed 278 yards of total offense per game

Allowed 17 points per game

Allowed 10 or fewer points 6 times

 

The 1973 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Ken Mills (Jr.)

LT—Blessing Bird (Sr.)

RT—Ron Franklin (Jr.)—Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL

RE—Mark Goodman (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

LB—Loren Schmidt (Jr.) & Ron Davis (Jr.)—120 tackles

LB—Gary Gorrell (So.)—Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the NFL

LB—Claude Tomasini (Jr.)

CB—Rolly Woolsey (Jr.)-- Played for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL

CB—Ron Neal (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

S—Pat King (Jr.)

S—Greg Frederick (Sr.)

 

 

1974

Allowed a completion percentage of 39.8%

 

The 1974 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Ken Mills (Sr.)

LT—Ron Franklin (Sr.)-- Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL

RT—Saia Misa, Jr. (Jr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

RE—Chico Mills (Sr.)

LB—Loren Schmidt (Sr.)—Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference

LB—Ron Davis (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

LB—Claude Tomasini (Sr.)

CB—Rolly Woolsey (Sr.)—6 interceptions; Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL

CB—Gary Rosolowich (So.)

S—Rocky Patchin (Sr.)

S—Ken Johnson—different from above (Sr.)

 

 

1975

Allowed 123.5 passing yards per game

Allowed 87 completions all season

 

The 1975 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Pete Poumele (Sr.)

LT—Saia Misa, Jr. (Sr.)

RT—Kauhi Hookano (Jr.)

RE—??

LB—Lester McNealy (Jr.)

LB—Gary Gorrell (Sr.)—Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the NFL

LB—Kirk Strawser (Jr.)

CB— Clint Sigman (Sr.)

CB—Gary Rosolowich (Jr.)—6 interceptions; Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference

S—Jim Meeks (Sr.)—Drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL

S—Ken West (So.)

 

 

 

 

1978

Recovered 23 fumbles

Allowed 16.5 points per game

Allowed 15 or fewer points 8 of the 11 games

 

The 1978 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Jeff Taylor (Jr.)

NG—Bob Cabrero (Jr.)

RT—Doug Scott (Jr.)-- SS—Sam Miller (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American, 1st Round Draft Choice of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL

LB—Larry Lewis (So.)

LB—Willie Beamon (Sr.)—125 tackles, Drafted by the New York Jets of the NFL

LB—Bob Macauley (Sr.)—135 tackles; 2nd Team All-American; All-Big Sky Conference

LB— Larry Polowski (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL

CB—Larry Morritt (Jr.)

CB—Nash Bolinton (Jr.)

FS—Layne Osborne (Sr.)

SS—Sam Miller (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference

 

 

 

 

1979

Allowed 104 completions for the season

Allowed 12.7 points per game

Allowed 9 or fewer points 7 of the 11 games, including two shutouts

 

The 1979 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LT—Randy Trautman (So.)—Drafted by the Washington Redskins of the NFL, Played for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL

NG—Doug Scott (Sr.)—All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, 1st Round Draft Choice of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL

RT—Willie Tufono (Sr.)

LB—Ralph Esposito (Jr.)-- SS—Sam Miller (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference

 

LB—Ron Chatterton (Jr.)

LB—Dan Williams (Jr.)

LB—Ray Santucci (So.)—141 tackles

CB— Chris Bell (So.)

CB—Curt Chandler (Sr.)

FS—Randy Stewart (Sr.)

SS—Rick Woods (So.)-- SS—Sam Miller (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played six seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

 

1980

Allowed 13.8 points per game

Allowed 13 or fewer points in 7 of 13 games

 

The 1980 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LT—Randy Trautman (Jr.)—All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Drafted by the Washington Redskins of the NFL, Played for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL

NG—Dan Lukehart (Sr.)

RT—Michel Bourgeau (Fr.)-- Drafted by the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, Played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa RoughRiders

LB—Ralph Esposito (Sr.)

LB—Larry Lewis (Sr.)

LB—Dan Brown (Sr.)

LB—Dan Williams (Sr.)—160 tackles; All-Big Sky Conference

CB— Mike Bradeson (Sr.)

CB—Chris Bell (Jr.)

FS—Larry Alder (So.)

SS—Rick Woods (Jr.)-- SS—Sam Miller (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played six seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

 

 

1982

Allowed 19.2 points per game

 

The 1982 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—John Rade (Sr.)—31 tackles for loss; All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL for nine seasons

LT—Bob Skinner (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

RT—Jeff Caves (Jr.)

RE—Michel Bourgeau (Jr.)—Drafted by the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, Played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa RoughRiders

LB—Chuck Butler (Jr.)—Played for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL

LB—Carl Keever (So.)—136 tackles; Associated Press All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the San Francisco 49'ers of the NFL

LB—Brian McCreath (Jr.)

CB— Jeff Turk (Sr.)-- Honorable Mention All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL

CB—Bobby Fryer (Sr.)

FS—Larry Alder (Sr.)

SS—Butch Fisk (Jr.)

 

 

1985

Allowed 19.2 points per game

Allowed 15 or fewer points 5 of the 11 games

 

The 1985 Boise State Bronco Defense:

DE—Marcus Koch (Sr.)—All-American; All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the Washington Redskins of the NFL for six seasons

DT—Pete Kwiatkowski (So.)—20 tackles for loss

DT—Peter Poching (Jr.)

LB—Mark Wulff (Sr.)

LB—Jim Ellis (Jr.)—120 tackles; Played for the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL

LB—Rex Walters (Jr.)

LB—Mike Dolby (Jr.)

CB— Kevin Edmundson (Jr.)

CB—Robert Bloe (Jr.)

FS—Steve Harris (Sr.)

SS—Phil Bartle (Jr.)

 

 

 

1986

Allowed 2.1 yards per carry

Allowed 80.3 rushing yards per game

Allowed 189 passing yards per game

Allowed 269.3 yards of total offense per game

Allowed 16.6 points per game

Allowed 17 or fewer points in six of the 11 games, including two shutouts

 

The 1986 Boise State Bronco Defense:

DE—Lance Sellers (Sr.)—27 tackles for loss; All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the Cincinatti Bengals of the NFL

DT—Pete Kwiatkowski (Jr.)—15 sacks and 18 tackles for loss; Honorable Mention All-American, All-Big Sky Conference

DT—Matt Rogers (Sr.)

LB—Rodney Starr (Sr.)

LB—Rex Walters (Sr.)—23 tackles for loss; All-Big Sky Conference

LB—Jim Ellis (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference, Played for the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL

LB—Brian Knight (Sr.)

CB— Ralph Gooding (Jr.)

CB—Robert Bloe (Sr.)

FS—Maury Moore (Sr.)-- All-Big Sky Conference

SS—Phil Bartle (Sr.)

 

 

2002

Allowed 3.4 rushing yards per carry

Allowed 111.2 rushing yards per game

Allowed 229.6 passing yards per game

Allowed 271 completions

Allowed a completion percentage of 51.7%

Allowed 340.8 yards of total offense per game

Allowed 16.4 points per game

Intercepted 17 passes

Recovered 11 fumbles

 

The 2002 Boise State Bronco Defense:

LE—Julius Roberts (So.)

LT—Ryan Nelson (Sr.)

RT—Dane Oldham (Jr.)

RE—Bobby Hammer (Sr.)

LB—Travis Burgher (Jr.)

LB—Chauncey Ako (Jr.)

LB—Andy Avalos (So.)

CB— Gabe Franklin (So.)

CB—Julius Brown (Jr.)

FS—Quintin Mikell (Sr.)—3rd Team All-American, All-Western Athletic Conference, Has played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL for three seasons

SS—Wes Nurse (Jr.)


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