Special Magic!

The 2009 season opener is nearly upon us. BroncoCountry wraps up its preview of the Bronco football team with this article on the Boise State special teams. As has been the case with the other units, there are many familiar names in the group.

Boise State looks to continue its strong special teams play this fall. No elite team is complete without it. A highly-successful college football team can win many games based on sheer muscle or talent but in a close game typical of the upcoming Bronco-Duck matchup, it is often the team with the better special teams play that emerges victorious.

Bronco senior Kyle Wilson (5-10, 186) will once again be back returning punts after a stellar 2008 season that saw him average 14.2 per return (12th in the country) with a nation-leading three brought back for touchdowns. Despite these eye-popping numbers, Wilson was Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference.

Freshmen receivers Chris Potter (5-9, 161) and Mitch Burroughs (5-9, 188, Fr.) are also expected to get some experience as Wilson's backup.

Jeremy Avery (5-9, 173, Jr.) and Doug Martin (5-9, 201, So.) will once again handle the kickoff return duties. Avery averaged 23.9 yards a return last season while Martin returned 10 kicks for 223 yards a year ago.

Junior kicker Kyle Brotzman (5-10, 201) is on pace for setting school records at Boise State. He was 17-of-26 last season on field goal tries, a bit of a slip from his freshman season, but he converted all 50 of his point-after attempts, running his string to 116 consecutive. He also evidently will be doing the punting once again this season after averaging 45.3 yards per kick last year. Brotzman downed 14 punts inside the 20, a performance that cannot be ignored and frankly, he's too valuable of a weapon to leave off the field.

Freshman Jimmy Pavel (5-9, 214) is Brotzman's backup after a redshirt season. Pavel may break in by doing some kickoffs this fall. Junior Brad Elkin (6-2, 202) will once again be the backup punter; Elkin averaged 40.2 yards a punt last season.

Boise State originally announced that freshman James Crawford (6-1, 209) had won the job as Boise State's long-snapper. Crawford redshirted a year ago and has impressed the Bronco coaches with his consistency. Now fellow freshman Chris Roberson (6-0, 222) is listed on top.

Well, that's it folks. Charleston Duck did a super job previewing the 2009 Oregon team and we have now wrapped up our annual look at the Broncos. We will have an analysis of the matchups and preview the season opener tomorrow morning.

There's nothing left but to kick it off tomorrow night!

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