Boise State faces off tonight against its top rival in the Western Athletic Conference, Fresno State in a nationally-televised WAC showdown beginning at 7 p.m. Mountain time.
defensive line coach Will Plemons has instilled aggressive play into the unit.
Eight of the nine linemen have experience and six have started games in
their career. Carter had 88 tackles
to lead the group last fall. Sophomore
Kenny Borg will also start at end. Borg
had 2.5 sacks as a true freshman in 2007 and has gained 25 pounds since then.
Borg has a great motor and comes off the ball well.
Sophomores Chase McEntee (6-3, 285) and Logan Harrell (6-2, 275) will
start in the middle of the "Dawg" defense.
entire Bulldog linebacking unit returns intact.
Jacobs (6-5, 250, Jr.) had 113 tackles last season and has started every
game since being called upon against #23
is in his fourth year as a fixture in the
Bulldogs have four linemen with starting experience and all of their skill
players return with the exception of quarterback Tom Brandstater.
Ryan Matthews, Lonyae Miller and Anthony Harding combined for over 2,000
yards and 19 touchdowns last season and form a potent running game.
already ranks 21st in the nation with 213 yards and a touchdown and
will be by far the best running back the Broncos have faced this season.
Miller has good speed and ability to hit a hole while Harding is a
bruising back who blocks well and can play slot receiver as well.
All shifty Robbie Rouse (5-7, 185) has done is carry 16 times for 121
yards (7.6 avg.) and a touchdown as a true freshman.
Rouse was ninth in the state of
Bulldogs feature speed and experience at the receiver spots with three seniors
who have led the team in receiving the last three years.
Seyi Ajirotutu (6-4, 210) topped the Bulldogs last fall with 47
receptions for 795 yards (16.9 average) and five touchdowns.
Ajirotutu is a deep threat but also is dangerous with his height and the
ability to go up and get the ball.
Chastin West (6-1, 215), meanwhile, led
quarterback Ryan Colburn (6-3, 220) is intelligent, poised and works hard in the
weight room. Colburn is 27-45 (60%) for
450 yards and five scores in the young season but has four interceptions.
Colburn's passing efficiency (162.9) is right behind
Athletic Conference guard Andrew Jackson returns (6-5, 295, Jr.), along with
center Joe Bernardi (6-2, 280, Jr.) and Devan Cunningham (6-6, 350, Jr.), who
moves from guard to right tackle. Kenny Wiggins (6-7, 310) has emerged as the force at right tackle, however.
Bryce Harris (6-6, 295, So.) gets the nod at left tackle and freshman
Matt Hunt (6-2, 315) has earned the starting job at left guard.
The Bulldogs ranked in the top 25 in the country last year for the fewest
sacks allowed and will have to provide protection for Colburn if they are to
avoid the heavy rush of the Broncos.
Robert Malone was second in the WAC and ranked in the top 20 in the country with
a 42.8 punting average. Malone had
12 punts of over 50 yards last year. Sophomore
Kevin Goessling led the conference in field goals and drilled a game-winning
58-yard field goal against
Fresno State presents a formidable challenge for Boise State and one of their
biggest road tests of the year. The
Bulldogs are quick, talented and hungry. It
will take nothing less than the Broncos' best effort to pull off the win in Fresno.
Fresno State presents a formidable challenge for Boise State and one of their biggest road tests of the year. The Bulldogs are quick, talented and hungry. It will take nothing less than the Broncos' best effort to pull off the win in Fresno.