Now we'll find out what the 2008 recruiting class is made
of. Most have gone through their
redshirt year and it's time to see if they will uphold the strong tradition of
It was generally thought that this was an outstanding
class—so far though only one player (safety George Iloka) (6-3, 210) has made an
immediate contribution as a starter. So
it's time for this group to step up and be counted.
Iloka is a sure-tackling, hard-hitting safety with great
size that can do it all. Iloka is
always around the ball and is a playmaker on defense.
Iloka graduated from his high school in
He played in all 13 games last season and was the
fourth-leading tackler on the team with 63; 45 of those were solo tackles.
Iloka was a fixture in opponents' backfields, getting 6.5 tackles for
loss. He was also tied for second on
the Broncos and fifth in the Western Athletic Conference with four interceptions
to go with six more passes that he broke up.
Iloka clearly is the latest in a long line of great Bronco safeties that
is headed for the National Football League if he continues his amazing play.
Byron Hout (6-0, 241)was the
Defensive tackle Michael Atkinson, (6-0, 324, Fr.)who has quickly acquired
the nickname "Bacon" as another of the long line of Canadian players signed
by Boise State, made a lot of progress in practice and was expected to play a
lot on the defensive line for the Broncos this fall.
His choice to drink and drive in July jeopardized his future and he was suspended for three games. Any contribution he was to make this fall will be delayed by at least that long.
The 2008 class, in fact, featured a lot of linemen among
the 20 recruits—eight of them were recruited as either offensive or defensive
linemen. Faraji Wright (6-3, 282, Fr.) was billed as
the next Ryan Clady. If that's
true he will be starting for the Broncos this fall since Clady started as a
redshirt freshman. Big Tom Swanson
(6-6, 283, Fr.) is another side of beef that would be a big boost to the weak offensive line
that had trouble opening holes for the Bronco run game last year.
Here's two more of which great things were expected of them when they signed with Boise State: guards Joe Kellogg (6-2, 301, Fr.) and Bronson Durrant (6-3, 258, Fr.). Durrant and Brenel Myers (6-2, 255, Fr.) haven't filled out. They are right now more the size of last year's
Bronco line and we know that doesn't work.
Daron Mackey (6-0, 230) came to
Chris Potter (5-11, 170, Fr.) was a highly-regarded wide receiver out of
Coach Chris Petersen and his staff recruited two running
backs in the '08 class (Jack Sula and Raphiel Lambert) but Sula is gone and
Lambert (5-11, 197) converted to cornerback. With
great depth at that position,