Making an Early Splash

Boise State landed some awesome athletes in the recruiting class of 2006. Learning the intricacies of the Bronco system, however, is not easy. How many of these great new players will contribute this fall?

Bronco fans were excited to learn of the talent contained in the recruiting class of 2006. They came from Springdale, Maryland, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and of course a favorite Boise State recruiting area, California. In the last of our series in which we evaluate the recruiting classes of recent years, we profile the recruits from '06."

Derrell Acrey—LB (6-2, 235)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket(2007) Named the Preseason WAC Defensive Newcomer of the Year by the Sporting News.  Acrey is competing with Kyle Gingg for the starting middle linebacker spot.  He is an athletic, hard-nosed player with a great motor and sense for the football.

(2006) Named defensive scout player of the year while redshirting.

Acrey was named All-CIF as a senior as well as earned first-team all-area, first-team all-county and first-team All-Citrus Belt League honors after finishing with 139 tackles, one sack, three fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals. As a junior, Acrey was named first-team All-Citrus Belt League after making 109 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions with three fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns. As a sophomore named first-team All-Citrus Belt League after totaling 56 tackles, a sack and an interception.

 

 

Jason Robinson—S (6-0, 193) 4.67

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRobinson is competing with senior Austin Smith for a spot in the starting lineup at strong safety.  He is another incredible athlete that can punish opposing receivers.  Jason was one of the leading tackles in the Spring Game with five.  He also had two pass breakups. 

 

Robinson redshirted last year for Boise State.

 

Jason was named All-Western League four times, while also earning first-team all-city honors twice.  He was selected the 2005 Western League Player of the Year and 3A Los Angeles City Player of the Year after passing for 1,567 yards and 11 touchdowns while also gaining 997 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns.  On defense he finished his senior season with 108 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks.  During four-year varsity career passed for over 5,000 yards, rushed for 3,258 yards and 51 touchdowns and made 10 interceptions on defense.

 

 

Nate Potter—OL (6-6, 273)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketNate is listed as the backup at left tackle to Ryan Clady. 

 

Nate greyshirted last year.  He has gained 23 pounds.

 

Potter was a three-year starter at Timberline High 0School in Boise.  He was an all-region selection by Prep Star magazine.  Nate was #85 on the 2006 Northwest Hot 100.  He was a first-team all-state and first-team All-SIC player as both a junior and a senior.  He did not allow a sack his senior year and allowed just two his junior season.

 

 

Jeron Johnson—S (5-11, 186)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJohnson is listed as the backup to Marty Tadman at free safety, although he could play strong safety as well.

 

He redshirted last year.

 

Jeron was named the San Gabriel Valley League defensive MVP as both a junior and senior.  Selected as the Division 3 Southern He earned Section defensive MVP as a senior, as well as being named to the Press Telegram Dream Team and earning first-team All-CIF honors.  He finished his senior season with 148 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown.  As a junior, he finished with 118 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, an interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

 

 

Jarvis Hodge--RB (5-9, 195)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHodge had six carries for 13 yards in the spring game and is expected to play this fall.  He pays attention to details and had a great summer.

 

Hodge redshirted last year. 

 

Jarvis comes to Boise State after spending one season at Mercersburg Academy Prep School in Pennsylvania.  He was named Team MVP at Mercersburg after leading the Blue Storm to a 10-1 record and a Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship.  Rushed for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns and had five interceptions. 

 

 

Sione Tavake--DE (6-1, 300, Sr.)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketTavake brings a lot of strength and size to the position.  Coaches have him working on pushing the pocket and closing the gap in run defense.  He has gained 31 pounds since joining the Bronco program.

 

(2006) Tavake was a backup defensive tackle for the Broncos after coming to Boise State form Mt. San Antonio Junior College.

 

 

Kevin Sapien--OL (6-4, 267)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSapien redshirted last year.

 

He was a four-year letterman at West Torrance High School.  Named first-team all-area and all-league after finishing with 61 pancake blocks as a senior.  Named second-team all-area and all-league as a junior. 

 

 

Matt Slater--OL (6-5, 269)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRedshirted last year and gained 24 pounds.

 

A 2006 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul Minnesota...Earned all-conference, all-metro and all-state honors

 

 

Cedric Febis—CB (6-3, 194)

 

Febis redshirted last year.

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketCedric was named second-team all-state and first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference after helping Bishop Kelly to a 12-0 record and a state championship.  He finished with 51 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups. 

 

 

Tommy Gallarda--TE (6-6, 236) 4.75

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRedshirted last year and gained 16 pounds.  He has great size and is a natural at tight end. 

 

Named All-Century League on both offense and defense twice, as well as being selected as the Century League defensive league MVP.  Earned second-team all-county honors on defense and was an All-Southern Section CIF Offense Division VI pick.  He was an eight-time player of the week selection.  As a senior, caught 48 passes for 810 yards and 11 touchdowns, while finishing with 50 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass deflections and an interception he returned for a touchdown.  As a junior, he caught 23 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns.

 

 

Will Lawrence—DT (6-2, 268)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRedshirted last year and gained 28 pounds in the Broncos' conditioning program.

 

As a senior, he was named to the Prince George All-Star football team, while also being named first-team all-county, first-team all-league and honorable mention all-state.  Finished the season with 90 tackles (72 unassisted, 18 assisted), 16 sacks,  seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, a forced safety and a pass breakup. 

 

 

Keith McGowan—CB (5-10, 178)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRedshirted last year and gained 13 pounds.

 

  Finished with 54 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery on defense.  On offense had 15 carries for 125 yards and eight catches for 201 yards and four touchdowns.  On special teams returned 11 kickoffs for 335 yards.  Named football MVP in 2004

 

 

Mike Coughlin—QB (6-5, 216) 4.70

 

In the thick of the race for starting quarterback of 2007, Coughlin is being groomed for the future.  He throws a great deep ball and is poised in the pocket.

 

Coughlin was named offensive scout player of the year while redshirting.  He has gained an inch and 16 pounds since joining Boise State. 

 

In high school, Coughlin was named third-team all-California by CalHiSports.com.  He was also selected Union-Tribune All-CIF, All-Eastern League Offensive Player of the Year and all-league.  He completed 119-of-195 passes for 25 interceptions and just three interceptions last year.  Coughlin completed 147-of-242 passes for 1,767 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.  Coughlin was 115-of-260 passing for 1,767 yards and 14 touchdowns in his sophomore year.

 

Kyle Efaw—WR (6-4, 190) 4.60

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGreyshirted last year for Boise State and will redshirt this season.  Efaw has gained 33 pounds so far.  He has great speed and his run blocking has improved markedly since the spring.

 

Efaw was named an all-region selection by Prep Star magazine.  Kyle was ranked number 25 on the 2006 Northwest Hot 100 list.    During his three-year career, caught 89 passes for 1,2010 yards and 14 touchdowns, rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, had 149 tackles and 10 interceptions and punted 31 times with an average of 35.0 yards per punt.  Efaw was named first-team all-state and first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference as a tight end, defensive back and punter as a senior after pulling down 53 receptions for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Also rushed for 149 yards on 19 carries, had 51 tackles and two interceptions and punted 31 times averaging 35.0 yards per punt.  As a junior, he was named first-team all-state and first-team All-SIC as a defensive back.

 

 

Kapono Rawlins-Crivello—DE (6-1, 240)

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRawlins-Crivello redshirted last year.

 

Rawlins-Crivello was #16 on the Scout 2006 Northwest Hot 100.  He was named second-team All-League and third-team All-State by the Honolulu Advertiser.  He had 86 tackles, 18 for loss, nine sacks, 28 hurries and one forced fumble as a senior. 

 

 

Ben Chandler—LB (6-3, 220) 4.68

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketChandler greyshirted last season and could redshirt this year.

 

Chandler was named by Prep Star magazine as an all-region player.  An injury kept him out for half of his senior year, but as a junior, he was chosen as the league's defensive player of the year and selected all-metro and second-team all-state.  Prior to his senior season, Chandler was rated as the third best player in the Sacramento area by the Sacramento Bee.

 

 

David Lowery—K (6-0, 185)

 

Lowery elected to go on a church mission.

 

 

 

 

Xavier Lucas is the only player from last year's class that has left the program.


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