Boise State Looking to Improve Special Teams

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.

Boise 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. 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMeridian High 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 indicate they may use Jaramillo on short field goals because of his tremendous accuracy.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBrad 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 as well.


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 well.


Boise State places a good deal of emphasis on special teams and coaches are counting on the Broncos above to deliver.

Bronco Country Top Stories