Five seniors who have permanently engraved their mark in Boise State history will be honored Saturday afternoon prior to the Broncos' regular season finale against New Mexico State. BroncoCountry salutes these outstanding young men!
They are small in number (five) but the Senior Class
of 2009 is directly responsible for the best years in school history.
Two of the five members—Richie Brockel and Kyle Wilson—began their
careers in 2006, when Boise State finally was beginning to get recognized for its considerable accomplishments. Boise State was
12-0 in the regular season and capped off their second unbeaten season in three
years with a victory over
the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
The Broncos were 10-3 in 2007, when Michael Choate
and Andy Silsby came into the fold. JC
Transfer Garcia Day joined the Broncos in 2008 and the five Broncos helped their team to a
12-0 record in the regular season, as Boise State
became the only team in the nation to record three unbeaten seasons in five
A heartbreaking one-point loss to TCU in the 2008
Poinsettia Bowl after Boise State had led most of the game served as inspiration for
these five Bronco seniors. They
worked hard all spring and summer in conditioning and in school and were
During the careers of these five Bronco seniors, Boise State has
accomplished the following:
Won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2006,
2008 and 2009.
for the third-highest percentage of winning seasons. Boise State has
been fortunate enough to have winning seasons in 12 of 14 years at the major
Was ranked in the nation's Top 25 each year since
2002. The Broncos are one of just 11
schools in the country to accomplish that.
Became one of 17 schools in the history of college
football to win seven or more games in each year of a decade.
It was Boise State's 11th straight seven-win season.
Became one of 10 schools in NCAA history to win eight
or more games in each year of the decade. Brockel,
Choate, Day, Silsby and Wilson won more than eight games every season on campus.
Achieved the 16th-longest streak of
eight-win seasons (11) in college football history.
Became the 14th school in history to win
nine or more games in nine years of a decade.
The five Bronco seniors won nine or more games every year they were at
Became just the eighth school in college football
history to win 10 or more games in eight years of a decade.
The Broncos joined
(this decade) as the only teams to do it in the
won 10 or more games in every year that these five Bronco seniors have played in
Won 55 consecutive regular season games at home, the
fourth longest streak in NCAA history and third best in the modern era.
Compiled a 72-3 record on The Blue since 1999, the
fourth best modern college football home record and in the top 15 of all-time.
These five Bronco seniors have not lost a home game in their careers,
going 25-0 with
standing in their way Saturday.
's legendary 1993-2000 teams for the most wins in
an eight-year period in the modern college football era (92)
famous teams in the 1990's for the most wins in a decade (110).
for the top college football winning percentage of
all-time. With 12 consecutive
victories this season,
now 132-42, for a 75.86% winning percentage.
The Bronco seniors are 37-4 (90.24%) in their careers with two games to
's all-time winning percentage is just under 74%,
extending its lead.
With a victory at home against
Saturday, the five Bronco seniors can:
the 32nd team since 1920 to achieve back-to-back undefeated regular
seasons, the fifth school and the eighth team since 1975 and the 22nd
school since 1920,
have a significant hand in helping Boise State accomplish the most remarkable
feat in its history: With a victory
Saturday, Boise State will become the second team since 1920 to have four
undefeated, untied regular seasons in a six-year period (the other is Nebraska.)
and the fourth school in college football history to do so (Michigan,
Yale and Nebraska are the others.)
Senior Captain Richie Brockel
suffered a season-ending injury against Idaho. He
had eight catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns prior to the injury.
He was a semifinalist for Lowe's Senior Class Award. Brockel is currently working on his master's degree in accounting after
graduating cum laude in August.
a junior, Brockel scored two touchdowns on the ground and caught two TD passes.
He finished with 10 receptions for 101 yards.
In 2007, Brockel had 12 catches for 104 yards and four touchdowns.
Brockel was named to the All-
2006, Richie had two catches for 20 yards and was named to the All-
Brockel has 30 catches for 297 yards and eight touchdowns in his career.
His skill as a blocker and team leader is immeasurable and no doubt will
be a key factor in
has played in eight games and had a tackle on special teams.
As a junior, he had two receptions for 29 yards and also caught two
passes for 10 yards in 2007. He also
had two tackles on special teams in ‘07. Choate
was an All-Kansas performer at both quarterback and defensive back.
He played one season at Garden City Community College, where he earned
has played in eight games at safety and special teams this season and has two
tackles. Garcia played in seven
games last season, registering three tackles.
Prior to coming to
Day was a
all-area all-star in high school and an All-American at Mt. San Antonio Junior
former Bishop Kelly star walked on to the
program in 2005 and was a backup fullback in 2006.
He has played special teams the last three seasons.
Silsby had seven tackles in 2007 and nine last season.
He was an all-state performer on both offense and defense at Bishop Kelly
in leading the Knights to the State Championship.
Senior Captain Kyle Wilson
His value is undeniable.
Look no further than how the opposition runs plays away from him.
has recorded 37 tackles, 26 of those unassisted, and
three interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns.
He picked off a pass against
returned it for 27 yards and then snagged one for a pick six against
that covered 71 yards.
He also has 19 punt returns this season for a 10.3 average.
Midway through this season, he was named to The
Sporting News All-America team.
was named to the Watch List for the major collegiate
defensive awards: The Bronko
Nagurski, the Chuck Bednarik, the Jim Thorpe and the Lott Trophy.
He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe award, which is presented
to the top defensive back in college football.
was recognized as one of 20 quarterfinalists for the
Lott Trophy that honors student-athletes
that embody integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.
The Nagurski Trophy goes to the
nation's top collegiate defensive player.
was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference
cornerback and second-team all-conference punt returner.
He was All-
on Phil Steele's list and was named to SI.com's All-America
second-team as a punt returner.
had five interceptions (28th in the
country), 10 pass breakups and 15 passes defended (18th in the
nation). He helped
's Autzen Stadium with two key interceptions.
had 35 tackles, 26 unassisted.
He returned 33 punts (ninth all-time) for 470 yards and a nation-leading
three touchdowns, with his 14.2 average second in the
and 12th in the nation.
Kyle ranks fourth in school history with his 14.2 average punt return.
's 90-yard TD return vs.
the fourth longest in school history and his 79-yarder against
ranks fifth. He
also scored on a 71-yard return against
is fourth for the most return yards in a single game
Kyle was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List as well as the
Following the 2008-09 school year, Kyle was chosen as
BroncoCountry's Top Bronco Male Athlete of the Year.
was on the All-
second team as a sophomore, finishing the year with 41 tackles, eight
pass breakups, two interceptions, two tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked
kick. Kyle was on the All-
academic team that year as well.
his first season as a redshirt freshman (2006),
was named Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News.
He started in five games and finished 10th on the team with 41
tackles, .5 for loss, with five pass breakups, one forced fumble, a fumble
recovery and an interception. He had
10 tackles in
43-42 win over
in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. He received
academic recognition as a freshman.
two very important games remaining,
has 148 tackles, 115 of those unassisted, with nine tackles for loss, 25 pass
breakups and 11 interceptions. He
has returned 58 punts for 739 yards (12.7 average) for three touchdowns.
is never easy to say goodbye. These
Bronco seniors are directly responsible for ushering in "The Boise State
era" in college football. We will
miss them all.