Fresh from being named as the first freshman
to ever start at quarterback on opening day for
Leading receiver Jeremy Childs returns as a junior after being suspended since the last game of the regular season last year. Childs grabbed 82 receptions for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns last season but will miss at least the season opener, a carryover from the suspension. He possesses excellent speed, great hands and runs precise routes.
If Childs can avoid missing any more games, he has a chance to break nearly every school receiving record in the books. He already set the school record for receptions in a year and ranks fifth with his 1,045 yards and seventh with the nine TD receptions. Jeremy is 30 receptions from the all-time Bronco top ten and from there; he would only need 63 to break the 35-year old career record set by legendary Don Hutt. Childs is 810 yards short of the top ten, about half of what he needs (2,751) to break that career mark set by Ryan Ikebe in 1996.
Senior Vinny Perretta is perhaps looking
forward to the fall more than anyone.
Perretta went down in game four last season with a shoulder injury and
did not return. He would love to give
fans more to remember besides a certain two-point conversion pass in the 2007
Fiesta Bowl win over
Titus Young is a star in the making. He showed flashes of brilliance last season
and had a spectacular spring. Young
grabbed 44 passes for 639 yards and five TD's—he is the Broncos' deep
threat. Young has to be steady and not
try to showboat; he could have scored more touchdowns last fall had he not
fumbled near the goal line. He has the
speed and ability to beat his man deep on nearly every play. Plus, he developed a good relationship with
Austin Pettis gives
Junior Julian Hawkins is rapidly improving to the point of being a weapon for quarterback Moore. A converted tight end, Hawkins presents major matchup problems for defenses. He hauled in 23 passes last year for 206 yards in ‘07. Plus, as a tight end in the first two years of his Bronco career, Hawkins is used to being between the hashes instead of the outside.
How will Toshi Franklin go out as a Bronco? He has shown big-play ability but has not been consistent. He'll have to be steady to work his way up in the rotation.
Tanyon Bissell can make contributions in a
multitude of ways and is reminiscent of past Bronco great T.J. Acree. In addition to his primary task as wideout,
Bissell can run as well as throw and has already come up big for
Chris O'Neill moves into the lineup at tight end—he caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a TD. O'Neill will be more of a factor in the passing attack this fall. The Broncos are chomping at the bit to utilize immensely talented sophomore Tommy Gallarda and redshirt freshman Kyle Efaw. Both bring high-quality receiving talent to the position and have been perfecting their blocking skills to become more complete receivers.
Beginning with the Swillie-Fanucchi-Wingfield
group in the early part of this decade,
We previewed the offensive line and pointed
out that the success of this entire team depends on them. If that unit comes through as expected,
everything else falls into place. The
great running backs that we showcased Saturday can hit the holes and chew up
big chunks of yardage. Kellen Moore can
begin to accomplish the same kind of things at
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