Boise State's special teams could very well make the difference this fall in several games. The Broncos are reloading with a new kicker and punter.
State has become known for solid special teams play in the 21st
century. However, they have things to
work on. All-WAC performers Anthony Montgomery and Kyle Stringer are gone, leaving huge holes to fill. Plus, Bronco punt and kick coverage was a notch
below normal last year, as was return yardage for Bronco returners.
School's Kyle Brotzman (5-10, 172, Fr.), who
redshirted last year, is the man Coach Jeff Choate is counting on to replace Montgomery. Brotzman will also handle kickoff duties and
his strong leg will pay big dividends there with kickoffs being moved to the 30
this fall. Brock Jaramillo (5-7, 165, Jr.) transferred to Boise State for the 2007 season after
spending his previous two seasons kicking for Orange Coast Junior College. Comments from Choate on Broncosports.com
indicate they may use Jaramillo on short field goals because of his tremendous
Brad Elkin (6-3, 191, Fr.) was named as the fourth best high school punter
in the nation, and he hopes to step in for the great Stringer. "He is the prototypical type of punter," Choate said. "He has long
levers, is a really good directional kicker and has excellent hang time. Brad
has all the talent in the world. He is very capable of being an excellent
punter for us and that is what our expectation is."
Four Broncos are battling for kick returner honors—Rashaun
Scott (5-10, 197, Sr.), Orlando Scandrick (5-11, 198, Jr.), Vinny Perretta
(5-9, 190, Jr.) and Kyle Wilson (5-10, 190, So.). Traditionally, Boise
State has preferred running backs such as Brock Forsey and
David Mikell to perform this role. Scott
is looking for more playing time and would likely flourish. Scandrick showed his running ability in 2005
on two long runbacks of blocked kicks against Hawai'i. Perretta is
multi-talented and Boise State would be well-served to get the ball in his hands more
often in '07. Wilson is the fastest player on the team and would be a threat
Dallas Dobbs (6-2, 220, Jr.) won the job as the long
snapper and wide receiver Tanyon Bissell (5-10, 194, Jr.) will be the holder
for field goals and extra points.
Marty Tadman (5-11, 185, Sr.), whose punt return late in
the game put Boise State in position to defeat San Jose State last year with an
Anthony Montgomery field goal, is one of the favorites to continue his
magic. Wilson will also likely see action back returning punts as
State places a good deal of emphasis on special teams and
coaches are counting on the Broncos above to deliver.