Boise State's All-Time Numbers Team #21-40

BroncoCountry has chosen 20 more Bronco football players (actually 21!) for the All-Time Numbers Team. Here are the best players for #21-40:

#21—Wes Nurse

Wes Nurse (2000-2003) had 294 career tackles, six for loss, one fumble recovery, 10 interceptions and 14 pass deflections.  Wes is 14th all-time with 294 tackles.  Nurse had 35 tackles his freshman year including five for loss.  He also recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.  In 2001, he started at cornerback and moved to safety when Travis Burgher broke his hand.  Nurse was second on the team and tied for 28th in the WAC with 72 tackles and had an interception.  In 2002 he was fourth on the team with 89 tackles and second with three interceptions.  Wes also had one tackle for loss and five pass breakups.  In 2003, Nurse was third on the defense with 84 tackles, 41 solo, with five interceptions for 56 yards and a TD and nine pass deflections.  Nurse was selected to the All- WAC team in 2003 and was a member of the 3rd Team when BroncoCountry selected the All-Time Bronco Football Team in 2005.  

Nurse has the #30 play in Bronco football history for an interception TD against BYU in 2003.—(62.5%)
 

Gary Rosolowich finished his stellar career with 11 interceptions and 170 tackles.  He played at Boise State for some of the top teams in school history.  They were the only Broncos to win three consecutive conference championships until 2004.  Rosolowich helped Boise State to a 10-3 record (6-0 in the Big Sky) in 1973, 10-2 and 6-0 in 1974 and 9-2-1 and 5-0-1 in 1975.  Boise State reached the national semifinals in Division II in 1973 and made the quarterfinals in both 1974 and 1975.   "Rosol" and the Bronco defense allowed a paltry 87 completions for the entire season in 1975.  

Rosolowich was an All-Big Sky and Honorable Mention All-American in both 1975 and 1976.  He is tied for ninth with six interceptions in 1975 and he is tied for 11th for career interceptions with 11.  He is #3 all-time in kickoff returns at Boise State with a 25.3 average (58-1,465).   Rosolowich has the seventh longest kickoff return in school history (93 yards for a touchdown) against Nevada in 1976 and the ninth longest (90 for a TD vs. Cal Poly-SLO) in 1975.  He ranks fourth in school history with 58 career kickoff returns and sixth for most kickoff returns in a season with 25 in 1975.Gary is also #10 with 29 punt returns in 1976.  

Following his career at Boise State , Rosolowich was signed by Winnipeg of the CFL and played five seasons.  He was 7th in the CFL in interceptions in 1978 with five and had 782 punt return yards 286 kickoff returns, 11 interceptions and four fumble recoveries for Winnipeg .    

Rosolowich has the #15 play in Bronco Football History when, in 1975 with his team trailing Montana State 34-28 and MSU in possession just 37 seconds away from victory, Rosolowich stripped the ball as the Bobcat runner was going out of bounds.  Boise State scored seconds later to win the game.  Gary was selected to the Boise State Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a member of the Boise State Football Dream Team selected in 1993.  Rosolowich was chosen by BroncoCountry in 2005 for the All-Time Boise State Football Team as a cornerback on the 3rd Team and he also made 2nd Team as a kickoff returner.—(35.6%)  

Jim Evenson helped Boise Junior College to a 9-2 season and the Broncos' seventh bowl appearance for Lyle Smith.  The Broncos played Cerritos J.C. in the Potato Bowl at Bakersfield , California .  Evenson had 102 yards in a losing cause.  He ended the season with 1,355 yards and earned All-America honors.—(1.9% of the vote)

 


#22—Jeff Carpenter

Jeff Carpenter (2003-2005) carried the ball 21 times his sophomore year for 160 yards (7.6) and a touchdown.  He also had three receptions for 81 yards and a score.  Jeff had 62 carries for 286 yards (4.6) and 2 touchdowns, caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and was 3-3 passing for 46 yards and two touchdowns in 2004.  Carpenter carried the ball 51 times for 306 yards (6.0 average) and 4 TD's and had 30 catches for 300 and a touchdown in 2005.  He ended his career with 134 carries for 752 yards and 7 touchdowns, 42 receptions for 491 yards and 3 scores and 3-3 passing for 46 and 2 TD's.  Carpenter is 15th for his 67-yard touchdown against Fresno State in 2005.—(38% in preliminary round, 67.1% in final)

Chester Grey (1971-1974) had 831 career rushing yards for Boise State.  He finds himself at #6 after 35 years in career yards per carry.  The hard runner averaged 5.36 yards per carry (155-831) for Tony Knap's Broncos.—(20%) 

Bart Hull (1988-1990) was a running back for the Broncos with 350 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns at
Boise State .  He is tied for second in the postseason record books for two touchdowns against Nevada in 1990.  Hull was a 1st Round Draft Choice in 1991 by the British Columbia Lions of the CFL—(21% in preliminary, 32.9% in final). 

Larry Smith (1968-1969) had 1,199 career rushing yards.  He  ranks 10th all-time with a 5.16 yards per carry average (232-1,199), ranks 19th for career yards (1,199), 20th for career attempts with 233) and  is 15th with 4 100-yard rushing games.—(15%)

 

Jeff Turpin (1978-1980) played on the I-AA National Championship team.—(6%) 

 

 

#23—Jeron Johnson

Jeron Johnson is the current safety for Boise State .  He led the team with 98 tackles last year including 72 solo.  He had 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 7 pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.  In 2008, he had 54 tackles, 5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovery.—(44.2% in preliminary round, 51.5% in final)

Quinton Jones was a multi-purpose superstar from 2003-2006.  In 2003, he injured his knee in game two and missed the remainder of the season.  Quinton recovered much to the delight of Bronco fans.  In 2004, he was part of
Boise State 's tailback by committee, played wide receiver and returned kickoffs.  Quinton was fifth on the team in rushing with 277 yards on 30 carries (9.2 yards per carry) with three TD's, caught six passes for 70 yards and another score and returned 21 kickoffs for 440 yards to rank ninth in the WAC .  In 2005, Jones was named 2nd Team All-America by The Sporting News after finishing the season second in the nation in punt returns with 20.86 yards per return.  He was named Boise State 's Special Teams Player of the Year.  Quinton played cornerback for the Broncos defense as well.  He returned 22 punts for 459 yards and three touchdowns and 30 kickoffs for 741 yards (24.7 yards per return).  His three punt returns to the house tied Maurice Drew of UCLA and Willie Reid of Florida State for best in the nation.  He had over 200 all-purpose yards twice and over 100 two other times.  In addition, Quinton also rushed twice for 53 yards including a 50-yard TD vs. Idaho and had 16 tackles and three pass deflections on defense. 

In 2006, Jones was a part-time starter at defensive back, finishing with 25 tackles, five for loss, five pass breakups and two interceptions.  One of the interceptions went for a 61-yard TD vs.
Wyoming .  He also finished sixth in the WAC in kickoff returns (20.1) and brought back 13 punts for an average 10.2 yards. 

Quinton holds the school record with 75 career kickoff returns.  "Q" also has the best season punt return average in school history (20.1 yards per return in 2005--22 for 459).  He holds the school mark with 151 punt return yards in a game (vs.
Boston College in 2005) and he is also #2 in that category with 143 against Hawai'i that same year.  Jones is second for career punt return average (16.9 on 35 returns for 591 yards).  He is second all-time with 30 kickoff returns in a year (30 in 2005), #8 with 24 in 2006 and tied for 12th with 21 in 2004.  He is tied for third with seven punt returns in a game (vs. Boston College in 2005).  Quinton broke a 36-year old school record set by Henry Jenkins in 1969 (91 yard punt return) when he took a Hawai'i punt at the 8 and sprinted untouched into the end zone in 2005.  Later that year, Q tied his own record when he again ran a Boston College punt back 92 yards in the MPC Bowl. 

In the postseason, Quinton is second all-time with 7 career kickoff returns and is also second with 7 career punt returns.  He holds school postseason records of 7 punt returns in a game (BC in 2005), 151 yards in a game, longest career postseason return (92 yards) and career punt return average (21.6--7 for 151).—(31.6% in preliminary, 48.5% in final)   

Joe Larkin is second all-time with 9 interceptions in 1971 and he is also tied for 9th with 6 intercepts in 1972.  He is tied with Darrin Lyle for 4th in school history with 15 career interceptions.  Larkin still holds the school record for most interception yards (232 in 1971) and also holds down #3 all-time with 159 yards in 1972.  Although he played two years, Joe also owns the school record for career interception yards with 391.—(24.2%)

 

 

#24—Eron Hurley

Eron Hurley, running back from 1995-1998, is 2nd all-time with 254 yards in a game in 1998 (vs. Idaho ).  He is tied for 8th with 1,142 yards for the 1998 season.  He is also 9th for the longest run for scrimmage, which was 75 vs. Idaho.—(91% of the vote) 

Vern Morse was a wide receiver for the Broncos in the famous "Fog Bowl" of 1965 in
Sacramento .  BJC went 9-2 on the season but lost in the bowl game.—(2.5%) 

Robbie Washington was also a running back from 1987-1989.  In 1987,
Washington ran 39 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Bronco great Chris Jackson.  He also had two receptions for 29 yards.  As a junior, Washington was a backup to Bronco great Chris Thomas, and carried the ball 72 times for 162 yards and five touchdowns with an additional seven receptions for 26 yards.  As a senior, Washington carried 50 times for 198 yards and a touchdown and had 11 catches for 103 yards.—(6.4%)

 

 

#25—Korey Hall

Korey Hall (2003-2006) had a spectacular career at linebacker.  Korey had 394 tackles (fourth all-time at Boise State), 23 of those for loss, with 16.5 career sacks (#8 all-time), nine pass deflections, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions (#12 in school history) returned for 193 yards and a touchdown.  Hall was tops on the Bronco defense in the Fiesta Bowl championship year, with 111 tackles, seven for loss.  He also had 3.5 sacks, one pass deflection, a fumble recovery and a team-leading six interceptions (tied for ninth all-time) returned for 108 yards.  Hall led Boise State with 106 tackles his junior season.  Five of those were for losses, with 1.5 sacks, three pass deflections and two interceptions returned for 39 yards.  In 2004, Korey was second on the Broncos with 85 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with four sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries and three very big interceptions against Oregon State returned for 46 yards and one touchdown.  As a sensational freshman, Hall was third on the team with 92 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, 7.5 sacks, five pass deflections, a forced fumble and a recovery.  

As a senior, Hall was on the watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Ronnie Lott Trophy and was named by The Sporting News as the 10th-best inside linebacker in the country.  Hall was on the watch list for the Lombardi, Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards as a junior.  He was a three-time All-WAC player and a second-team All-American on The Sporting News list.  Hall was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and he currently starts at fullback.

 

 

#26—Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas (1988-1991) was one of Boise State 's all-time top running backs.  Chris ranks fourth in school history with 3,437 career yards.  The dependable Thomas toted the ball 810 times, beaten by only Brock Forsey's career 813.  He is tied with David Mikell for fourth all-time with 32 career rushing touchdowns and fourth with 13 100-yard rushing games.  As a freshman, Thomas was far and away the top runner in the Bronco backfield with 186 carries for 818 yards and seven touchdowns and 17 catches for 140 yards.  The amazingly-consistent Thomas had 208 carries (10th all-time) for 895 yards and 10 scores in 1989 with 21 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown.  He led Boise State with 231 carries (#8 at Boise State ) for 913 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.  He also had 31 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown and two kickoff returns for 50 yards.  In his senior season, Chris had 185 carries for 811 yards and seven touchdowns and 24 receptions for another 215 yards.   

He had 200 yards against Weber State in 1988, 13th all-time for a single game.  Thomas had 36 attempts against Nevada that same year, which ranks second for the workhorse back.  But he was a multi-purpose threat, with 268 yards against Idaho in 1989, sixth all-time.  Thomas ranks 10th with 1,537 yards of all-purpose offense in 1989.  Chris is fifth all-time at Boise State in career all-purpose yards (4,807), just behind Ian Johnson's 4.808.  He is one of just a handful of three-time All-Big Sky Conference players.

 

Thomas was named to the second-team on the All-Time Boise State Football Team in 2005 by BroncoCountry.

 

 

#27—Terry Zahner

Terry Zahner (1977-1980) may be the best second-team halfback in school history.  In his career, Zahner piled up 426 carries (9th all-time) for 2,052 yards (#8 in the record book) and 22 touchdowns (7th in school history).  With the emergence of super Cedric Minter, it may be easy to forget that Zahner actually led the Broncos in rushing as a freshman with 132 carries for 724 yards (5.48 per carry) and seven touchdowns.  This is playing in the same backfield as Minter, David Hughes and senior Fred Goode.  He also had five receptions for 59 yards and five kickoff returns for 112 yards.  In 1978, he had 62 rushes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, four catches for 35 yards and three kickoff returns for 41 yards.  As a junior, Terry had 111 carries for 538 yards (4.85 avg.) and eight touchdowns and 15 catches for 175 yards and two scores.  Finally in the national championship season, Zahner had 121 carries for 540 yards and five touchdowns and two kickoff returns for 41 yards.  

Zahner was All-Big Sky as a freshman and Honorable Mention All-America.  He played with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

 

 

#28—Jason Payne

Jason Payne (1994-1997) played defensive back for the Broncos.  Jason had 40 tackles in 1994 with a fumble recovery, ten deflections and an interception.  As a sophomore, he had 42 stops with a forced fumble, a recovery, eight pass deflections and four interceptions.  Stats are unavailable from 1996 at this time.  In 1997, Payne had 10 tackles and four pass deflections.  His interception in the end zone in the final seconds against Weber State was strongly considered for one of the Top 100 Plays in Bronco history.  He is yet another BC member and a very valuable one at that!—(79.7% of the vote)  

Henry Jenkins (1969) was a return specialist for the Broncos.  In 1969, Jenkins had six punt returns for 149 yards and two touchdowns and 12 kickoff returns for a 27.8 average.  He held the record for the longest punt return in school history from 1969-2005 until Quinton Jones broke it.  Jenkins returned a punt 91 yards against Idaho State that year.—(20.3%)


#29—Rick Woods

Rick Woods, Bronco safety from 1978-1981,  had 235 career tackles, one of the highest numbers for a defensive back.  He had four tackles for loss, two blocked kicks, a fumble recovery, 19 pass deflections and nine interceptions returned for 141 yards and a touchdown.  Woods had 113 career punt returns for a 10.2 average.  Rick had 13 tackles, two interceptions returned for 33 yards, two blocked kicks and two punt returns for 15 yards.  As a sophomore, he had 73 tackles, sixth on the team, with two of those for loss, a fumble recovery, five pass deflections and two more interceptions returned for 20 yards.  He was also inserted full-time as a punt returner and he had 28 punt returns for a 9.6 average.  In 1980, he had 75 tackles, fifth on the team, with seven pass deflections.  He had 45 returns for an 11.6 average.  In '81, Woods had 74 tackles, again fifth on the Bronco defense, two tackles for loss, seven pass deflections and five interceptions returned for 88 yards and a touchdown.  Rick had 38 punt returns for an 8.9 average and even ran the ball twice for 54 yards!  

Rick still has the #7 interception return in school history and it happened in the postseason.  Woods' leaping interception and 73-yard return was a key reason why Boise State topped Jackson State and went on to the I-AA National Finals in 1981.  Appropriately nicknamed "The Riverboat Gambler", Woods holds the school record with 45 punt returns in 1979 and he is third with 38 in 1980.  He also holds the school record with 9 punt returns in a game (vs. Idaho State in 1979) and he is third with 7 vs. Montana State in 1980.  For his career, Rick continues to hold the Big Sky Conference record and is second in school history with 113 career returns.  He is 9th with an 11.6 return average (45-522) in 1979, mostly because rather than fair catch, he always tried to advance the ball forward. 

In the postseason, Woods is tied for the school record with 4 interceptions in his career and he is tied for second for interceptions in a game (2 vs.
Jackson State ).  He is 3rd for interception yards in a career with 73. 

Woods was All-Big Sky as a defensive back in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and All-Big Sky as a returner in 1981.  He was Honorable Mention All-American in both 1979 and 1980 and was names 1st Team All-American in 1981 by both Kodak and Gannett.  Rick played in both the Blue-Gray and the Olympia Gold Bowl College All-Star Games.  Woods was drafted in the 4th Round of the NFL Draft in 1982 by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.  He played five seasons with 
Pittsburgh  (starting most of that time) and one year with Tampa Bay .  Woods was elected to the school Hall of Fame in 1989.  Rick was named to the 1994 Dream Team, the first team on the BroncoCountry All-Time Boise State Football Team and to the Bronco 35 Team in 2005—(74.3% of the vote) 


Rolly Woolsey played safety for
Boise State from 1971-1974.  As a junior in 1973, Rolly had 55 tackles, fifth on the team, with three interceptions returned for 44 yards.  Woolsey was Boise State 's third-leading tackler with 72 and led the team with six interceptions in 1974.  He is tied for 5th with a 76-yard punt return vs. Weber State in 1974.  He was named All-Big Sky in 1974.  Woolsey also lettered in track.  Woolsey was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 6th Round of the NFL Draft in 1975.  Rolly played 44 games in 4 seasons with Dallas, the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL.  Woolsey helped Dallas win the 1975 NFC title and was the first Bronco to play in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl X).  Rolly was a member of the 1994 Dream Team and made the second team on BroncoCountry's 2005 All-Time Boise State Football Team.  He was elected to the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.  Woolsey was also a recent President of the Bronco Athletic Association.—(25.7%)

Either would win nearly any other number on the Broncos' roster but both were great Bronco #29's.

 

 

#30—Steve Forrey

Steve Forrey was a defensive back from 1968-1970 who had 12 interceptions as a sophomore, an all-time Boise State record.  He had 43 tackles in 1969 and eight interceptions returned for 137 yards and a touchdown.  As a senior, he was fifth on the team with 51 tackles and had four interceptions returned for 58 yards.  

Forrey holds the school record for interceptions in a game with 4 vs. Idaho State in 1968.  He is also tied for second in that category with 3 against Whitworth that same year.    Forrey is also tied for 4th for INT 's in a season with 8 in 1969.  He is the only player besides Frank Robinson with two different years.  Forrey's 24 career interceptions top Robinson by 2 for #1 on the Bronco list.  It is one of the oldest records in the book.  Forrey holds down positions 5 and 6 for interception yards in a season with 147 in 1969 and 137 in 1968.  He is the only Bronco besides Joe Larkin with two different years in the top 10.  Everyone knows Marty Tadman was a great returner once he picked one off--Forrey had more career interception yards than Tadman (342 to 269).  Steve received Honorable Mention on the 2005 BroncoCountry All-Time Boise State Football Team.—(58.1% of the vote)   

Mike Bradeson played cornerback for Boise State in 1979 and 1980.  Bradeson had 34 tackles, one for loss, with four pass deflections and two interceptions returned for 25 yards.  As a senior, Mike had 56 tackles with a fumble recovery, six pass deflections and two interceptions returned for 19 yards.  He started all of 1980 and had six tackles in the crucial Grambling semi-final matchup.  He is a member of the Bronco Athletic Hall of Fame as is the entire 1980 Boise State team.—(10.9%)

Ron Love (1982-1985) played halfback but was mostly a punt return specialist and a darn good one at that.  In his career, Love had 131 carries for 509 yards and two touchdowns, 29 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns, 56 punt returns for a career average of 9.75 and three kickoff returns for 54 yards.  As a sophomore, he had 22 punt returns for two touchdowns and a 13.1 average, one kickoff return for 15 yards, and one reception for nine yards.  The following year, Ron had 52 carries for 224 yards (4.3 average) with a touchdown, 18 receptions for 183 yards and two scores, 17 punt returns for an 8.8 average and one kickoff return for 20 yards.  In 1985, Love had 79 carries for 285 yards and a touchdown, 10 receptions for 65 yards, 17 punt returns for a 6.4 average and one kickoff return for 19 yards.   
 

He is second with 8 punt returns vs. Montana State in 1983.  He is fifth in his career with 56.  Love is sixth with 114 punt return yards in that MSU game.  Ron's 1983 season is ahead of Tim Gilligan in the record books, averaging 13.1 yards per return (22-289).  He is tied for sixth all-time with a 76-yard punt return in the Montana State game.  Love was named All-Big Sky as a punt returner in 1984.  Ron was Honorable Mention on the 2005 All-Time Boise State Football Team, as selected by BroncoCountry voters—(10.9%)

Jerry Mahoney (1958-1959) played fullback on the 1958 JC National Championship team.  In the championship game win over
Tyler , he ran extremely well and had an interception on defense and was named the Most Valuable Player.  Mahoney is a member of the Bronco Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the stars of the 1958 National Championship team.—(17.2%) 

Nicko Tatum was a running back for Boise State in its first two years in I-A (1996 and 1997).  He doesn't appear in the record books but he had 35 carries for 141 yards in 1996 and 55 carries for 322 yards in ‘97, sharing time with Gavin Reed, Eron Hurley and Reggie Etheridge.  Nicko had 54 carries for 318 yards (5.9 avg.) and two touchdowns as a senior.  Tatum put together one of his best games against #9
Washington State in 1997, gaining 36 yards on 8 carries.  However, his best two came in a 52-10 rout of New Mexico State , with 100 yards on 15 carries including TD's of 10 and 50 yards, and against North Texas the following week when he was 19-110. –(3.1%)

 

 

#31—Colt Brooks

Colt Brooks (2003-2006) was one of the most underrated players in Bronco history, not among Bronco fans of course but from the coaches of the WAC.  He of course is one of the great walk-on successes at Boise State .  Brooks had 186 career tackles, 24.5 of those for loss (just outside of the top 15), with 15 sacks (8th all-time at Boise State ), nine pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two interceptions.   

Colt began his career as a special teams standout, recording 10 tackles in his freshman season.  In 2004, though, he broke through as a co-starter at inside linebacker, where he finished ninth on the team with 40 tackles, including 16 solo.  Brooks also had 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and five pass breakups.  As a junior, Colt had 80 tackles, fourth on the team, with a team-leading 11 tackles for loss and six sacks.  Brooks also had three forced fumbles, two pass breakups and an interception.  By the time he was a senior, Brooks was one of the keys to a perfect 2006 season, as he was third on the Bronco defense with 56 tackles, including eight for loss, with 6.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception.  Despite all this, Brooks was never named by coaches to the All-WAC team.

 

 

#32—Dan LeBeau

Dan LeBeau (1978-1981) was a linebacker who played on the great I-AA teams for Boise State .  For his career, LeBeau ended with 132 tackles, six for loss, with a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and an interception.  Dan had 22 stops as a sophomore with two of those for loss.  In the national championship season, he had 28 tackles, one for loss, and an interception returned for 16 yards.  LeBeau had 82 tackles in 1981, 25 of them solo and was the second leading tackler on the team.  He had three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.  LeBeau was credited with the safety in the 1981 I-AA quarterfinal win over Jackson State.—(52.7%)  

Chuck Compton (1984-1986) was a 4.58 cornerback for Boise State Compton led Boise State with four interceptions for 48 yards  in 1984 and was a sure tackler with 54 tackles including 25 solo and one for a loss.  Chuck also had two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections.  As a junior, Compton had 17 tackles with one for loss.  In 1986, he had 22 tackles, one for loss, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections.  He was a 1st-Team All-Big Sky selection in 1984 as a sophomore.  Compton signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, playing two games in 1987.—(47.3%)


#33—David Hughes

David Hughes (1977-1980) was a member of arguably the best backfield in school history, a member of what became known as Boise State 's Four Horsemen.  Amazingly talented in all areas of the game, David's hard-running instantly made him a fan favorite.  He was without question the top blocking back in the history of the school.  Hughes had 352 career carries for 1,826 yards (10th all-time) and 12 touchdowns.   

Hughes burst on the scene with 55 caries for 258 yards and a touchdown his freshman season and also had four receptions for 41 yards.  In 1978, he carried the ball 113 times for 495 yards and seven scores and grabbed 21 receptions for 229 yards and two more scores.  As a junior, David was second on the team with 575 yards rushing on only 94 carries (6.12 avg.—seventh in school history) and two touchdowns.  He also had 30 catches for 307 yards and three touchdowns.  In Boise State 's national championship season of 1980, Hughes had 507 yards on 90 carries with two touchdowns.  

He was All-Big Sky Conference and Honorable Mention All-America as a sophomore.  Hughes was drafted in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.  David was named to the 1994 Dream Team by Boise State fans, and his popularity continues to this day.  He was the overwhelming choice for first-team fullback on the Boise State All-Time Football Team of 2005 and also made first team in Dream Team voting that same year.

 

 

#34—Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson (1996-1999) was a linebacker for the Broncos.  In 1997, he led the team with 85 tackles, seven for loss, with two sacks, four forced fumbles, a recovery, four pass deflections and two interceptions returned for 60 yards and a touchdown.   Johnson led the Broncos in tackles as a junior with 76, seven of those for loss, with two sacks, five forced fumbles and a recovery.  He had 28 tackles for loss in his career, 13th all-time, with 14 tackles for loss in 1999, tying with Shaunard Harts for 10th all-time.  Johnson was All-Big West in 1999. He signed with the Washington Redskins in 2000 played with the Redskins for four seasons and the Chicago Bears from 2004-06.  Johnson was named to the All-Time Bronco Football Team at linebacker by BroncoCountry in 2005.—(71.8% of the vote)  

Cary Hoshaw was a star running back in the early 70's (1970-1972).  He had 608 yards in 1971 on 113 carries (5.4 average) and four touchdowns.  In 1972, he had 29 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown .  Cary has one of the highest career yards-per-carry average of all Broncos--he is fifth all-time with a career average of 5.2 yards per carry (196-1,018).  Hoshaw's best game was against Eastern Washington (151 yards) in 1971, which for quite some time ranked in the top 10 of all-time.—(2.6%) 

Rodney Webster (1980-1983 was a prolific running back.  He had 672 career carries for 3,034 yards (fifth in Bronco history).  He also had 70 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns.  Rodney had 15 carries for 76 yards (5.1 average) and one catch for 11 yards in the national championship year, playing behind backs Cedric Minter, Terry Zahner and David Hughes.  He was the star attraction in 1981 with 1,139 yards (10th all-time) and 18 catches for 86 yards.  In 1982, Webster had 180 rushes for 792 yards and four touchdowns and improved his receiving with 26 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown.  As a senior, Rodney had 227 carries for 1,037 yards (13th in school history) and four touchdowns and 25 catches for 309 yards and two scores.  

Webster gained 178 yards vs. Weber State in 1981, 160 vs. Idaho State in '82, 159 against Weber State in 1983 and 156 vs. Jackson State in the Division I-AA national playoffs.  He was a workhorse, carrying the ball 32 times vs. Weber State in 1983 (tied for 7th), 31 vs. Montana that same year, 31 against Weber State in 1981 (both tied for 8th), 29 vs. Montana in 1981, 27 against both Weber State and Utah State in 1982.  He had 250 carries in 1981 (4th all-time), 227 in 1983 (9th all-time) and 180 in 1982.  His 672 career carries ranks fourth.  He ranks ninth for TD's in a season with 12 in 1981.  His 20 career TD's is tied for eighth all-time.  He had 12 100-yard games which is fifth in Bronco history. 

He was 2nd Team All-American on the Associated Press team in 1981 and the All-Big Sky Conference team in 1981 and 1983.  Webster was named to the All-Time Bronco Football Team 2nd Team at running back by BroncoCountry in 2005.—(25.6%)

 

 

#35—Kyle Brotzman

Kyle Brotzman is currently Boise State 's placekicker.  Last season, he led Boise State with 101 points, was 17-26 on field goals and sported a 45.6 punting average on 37 kicks.  That was one of the best in the nation and he also landed 20 kicks inside the 20.  In 2007, he was 16-18 on field goals (88.9%) and punted 21 times for a 44.5 average, one of the tops in the country.  He boomed nine kicks inside the 20.  He also led Boise State with 114 points.—(54.7%) 

Abe Brown was
Boise State 's first star running back (1968-1969) as a four-year school.  He had 109 carries for 526 yards  (4.8 avg.).  Brown carried 141 times for 663 yards in 1969.  40 years after his Bronco career ended, Abe is still tied for 10th with 19 career rushing touchdowns.—(16%)

Bill Smith was a JC All-American center for the Broncos in 1964.—(29.3%)

 

 

#36—Brock Forsey

Hard-running Brock Forsey is the all-time #36.  Forsey (1999-2002) went from a walk-on at Boise State to a professional football player in the NFL.  He was the consummate all-purpose player with a record 6,670 career yards.  He had a record eight games in which he topped 200 yards.  Brock is third all-time with 4,045 career rushing yards and holds the school record with 813 career carries.  Forsey is also second all-time with 50 career rushing touchdowns and is second with 19 100-yard rushing games.  His 408 career points is a runaway school record and 68 career touchdowns is still tops at Boise State .  Forsey ranks third with 63 career kickoff returns.   

 In 1999, he played part-time but had 75 carries for 313 yards and two touchdowns and 13 kickoff returns for a 25.9 average.  In 2000, he had 197 carries for 914 yards and nine touchdowns and 24 kickoff returns (tied for eighth all-time) for a 21.5 average.  He was ranked sixth nationally in all-purpose yards (183.0 yards per game).  He scored 16 touchdowns, which is tied for 11th all-time.  Brock was the Humanitarian Bowl Most Valuable Player as a sophomore.  Forsey really came into his own in 2001, rushing 246 times (fifth in the record books) for 1,207 yards and 13 touchdowns (sixth all-time), catching 35 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns and also completing a pass for 25 yards and a touchdown.  He is tied for 11th with 16 touchdowns as a junior.  

Brock's senior season was special.  He led the nation in scoring with 192 points on a school-record 32 touchdowns.  He set a school record with 2,127 all-purpose yards.  Forsey carried a record 295 times for 1,611 yards (the second-best season ever at Boise State ) with a 5.5 average and 26 touchdowns and was third on the team with 36 receptions for 282 yards and six touchdowns.  He had nine kickoff returns for a 26.0 average.   

Forsey has four of the top all-purpose games ever at Boise State .  Brock gained 292 against Northern Iowa , 272 vs. Tulsa , 269 against Louisville in the bowl game and 261 against Central Michigan .  He ranks fifth all-time with 212 yards rushing against Central Michigan in 2001 and he is eighth with 202 the following season against Tulsa .  He is third with 33 carries vs. Arkansas State in 2001 and fifth with 32 against Central Michigan .  He also had 31 against Hawai'i in '02.    Brock had the seventh best game of all Bronco ball carriers in school history in 2000, carrying 15 times for 167 yards (11.1 avg.) vs. Northern Iowa .  He is tied for third with four rushing touchdowns against both Tulsa and Nevada in 2002.  Five times Forsey had four touchdowns in a game.      

He holds the school records with 614 all-purpose yards in his postseason career, 298 career rushing yards in the postseason, postseason rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a game (three vs. Iowa State in 2002), four career rushing touchdowns and is second with 57 career rushing attempts in the post season.  He also set the school record with 299 yards of all-purpose yards as a freshman in the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl.  Forsey ranks third with 185 kickoff return yards in his postseason career.  Brock is third with six postseason kickoff returns.   

Forsey was fourth-team All-America as a senior, and not only first-team All-WAC but Offensive Player of the Year.  Brock was also a first-team all-conference player in 2001.  He was chosen in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.  Brock played with the Bears in 2003 and the Miami Dolphins in 2004. 

 

 

#37— Austin Smith

Austin Smith (2004-2007) was a defensive back with 130 career tackles, with 4.5 sacks, 8 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.  He also had 35 punt returns for a 9.86 average and 11 kickoff returns for a 30.3 average.   

Smith saw significant playing time his freshman year.    He was 10th on the team in tackles with 36 with three sacks, four tackles for loss and one pass breakup.  He stepped in nicely for Chris Carr when he was injured, finishing third in the WAC and 25th in the nation in punt returns with a 12.2 average.  In 2005, Smith started all 13 games at safety and was fifth on the team with 51 tackles.  He had four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.   He returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown vs. Idaho and recovered a fumble against San Jose State Austin also returned 13 punts for 62 yards.  In 2006, Smith had 13 tackles, one pass deflection, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  The following year Smith had 30 tackles, 22 of them solo, one interception for 27 yards, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, 11 kickoff returns for 333 (30.3 average) and one TD and two punt returns for 38 yards.—(71.9%)   

Bobby Fryer (1981) played cornerback for the Broncos and was sixth on the team with 64 tackles, 28 of them solo.  He had two tackles for loss, four interceptions and five pass deflections.—(0 votes)

Kirk Strawser (1975-1976) played linebacker and was fourth on the team with 92 tackles in 1975.  As a senior, Strawser led
Boise State with 119 stops, and had two sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.  His 211 career tackles were 12th in 1982.—(28.1%)

 

 

#38— Del Graven

Del Graven (1992-1995) had three receptions for 39 yards as a freshman.  In 1993, he carried 54 times for 569 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos in rushing, not common for a fullback.  He also had a catch for four yards.  The following season, Graven had 18 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 36 yards. 

 

#39-_Gary Gorrell

Gary Gorrell (1972-1975) was a star linebacker for Boise State 's Big Sky Championships teams.  In 1973, Gorrell's blocked punt and touchdown enabled Boise State to beat Idaho State 21-17 in the final minutes in Pocatello and he finished with 28 tackles on the year.  In 1974, Gary had 48 tackles, seventh on the Broncos.  He also was Boise State 's punter, leading the Big Sky with a 41.5 average (6th in Boise State history) his junior year.  Things haven't changed much--despite being the #1 punter in the league, he was not chosen either 1st team or 2nd team punter in the Big Sky!  Gorrell had 48 tackles, tied for 7th on the defense in 1975.  Gary punted the ball 28 times in 1974, 58 times in 1975 and 129 for his career.  Gorrell was drafted in the 16th round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.—(58.8%)

Ryan Putnam was a tight end and fullback from 2004-2007.  Ryan had a total of 20 catches in his career.  He had 10 receptions for 142 yards and four touchdowns in 2007.  Putnam had six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in 2006.  In 2005, he had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.—(30.9%)

Shay Swan played fullback for
Boise State from 1998-2000.  In 1999, he gained 25 yards on five carries and caught nine passes for 83 yards and two scores.  In 2000, he carried four times for 18 yards and caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.—(4.4%)

P.K. Wiggins was
Boise State 's placekicker in 1986 & 1987.  He scored 89 points (14th in school history), 41 extra points (10th all-time) and had 16 field goals in 1987.  At one point he booted 45 consecutive PAT's.  He nailed a 52-yarder (tied for 6th longest) vs. Montana in 1987.—(5.0%)

 

 

#40—(Tie) Andy Avalos and John Smith

This contest was too close to call, so Andy Avalos and John Smith are the only co-winners for a jersey number.  

Andy Avalos was a linebacker from 2001-2004 and is ranked fifth all-time with 355 career tackles.  Andy had 16 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five pass deflections, a forced fumble, a recovery and one giant interception.  He led Boise State with 86 tackles in 2004 with two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.  He also had five pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  In 2003, Avalos was tops on the Bronco defense with 100 tackles, 6.5 of them for loss, and one sack.  He led the Broncos with 107 tackles in 2002 and added 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss.  He played extensively his freshman year and was credited with 49 tackles.  His 92-yard interception return for a touchdown against Louisville in 2004 is the third-longest in school history and set an all-time Liberty Bowl record.  Avalos was All- WAC in both 2003 and 2004.

John Smith was a speedy running back from 1972-1975.  In his amazing career, "Super Needle" had 260 carries for 1,623 yards, 87 receptions for 1,527 yards and an incredible 23 touchdowns.  Smith led the Broncos in rushing as a sophomore with 87 carries for 572 yards and five touchdowns.  He also had 17 catches for 263 yards and two scores and 12 kickoff returns for a 22.8 average.  In 1974, Smith had 80 carries for 510 yards (6.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns, with 25 catches for 410 yards and 10 touchdowns.  In 1975, John again led
Boise State with 514 yards on 87 carries (5.9 avg.) with six touchdowns and had 45 receptions for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns.  

Smith holds the school record for the best one-game average of 12.5 yards per carry (12-150) and he also hit 10.4 against both Montana (13-135) in 1973 and Weber State (10-104) in 1974.  He also holds the school mark for the best average in a season, 6.6 (87-572) in 1973 and he is also fourth, averaging 6.4 (80-510) the following year.  His 6.2 career average (260-1,623) easily tops all the all-time great Bronco running backs.  Smith totaled 3,549 yards of all-purpose offense in his career, which ranks seventh in school history. 

He could do it all--run, catch passes and bring back returns.  After 34 years, Smith is still ranked in the top 15 for receiving yards in a season (854 yards in 1975)and he is far and away the top receiving running back in school history.  His 27.0 average per catch against
Weber State in 1975 (5-135) ranks 11th.  Further, his 18.067 yards per reception for his career (89-1,608) ranks a lofty third all-time--unheard of for a running back.   

Want further proof of his versatility?  How about getting into the end zone with those receptions?  He did it 10 times in 1974, which ranks sixth in school history.  Again we're talking about a running back.  His 24 career receiving touchdowns are third all-time.  Smith had six receiving games of over 100 yards.  He had touchdown catches of 81 yards (from Greg Stern) against Cal Poly-SLO in 1975, 80 yards from Lee Huey against Weber State in 1975, 80 yards from Jim McMillan against Reno in 1974, 80 yards from McMillan in the Division 2 semifinals vs. Louisiana Tech in 1973, 75 yards from Ron Autele vs. UC-Davis in 1973 and 72 yards from Autele against NAU in 1972.   

Smith is one of several players who have scored four touchdowns in a game and he did it twice, against Montana in 1974 and vs. UNLV in 1975.  He is tied for third with himself with 17 touchdowns in both 1974 and 1975.  His 42 career touchdowns ranks fourth all-time.  His 252 points ranks seventh all-time for a career and he is tied with himself for 7th all-time with 102 points in both 1974 and 1975.

In 1975, Smith not only was All-Big Sky, he was also the league's Offensive MVP as well as a Kodak All-American.

Smith holds the postseason record with five career touchdowns and he is second in career postseason points with 30.  His 86-yard kickoff return against
South Dakota is the second longest in Bronco postseason.  His 34.5 kickoff return average (4-138) is third in the record books.  His 6.21 yards per carry for his career (32-199) is second only to Rodney Webster in the postseason.  He rushed for 132 yards in the Division 2 national playoffs against Northern Michigan in 1975, still the third best postseason rushing performance.  His 502 all-purpose yards in the postseason is second to Brock Forsey.  His 50-yard run against N. Michigan is the third longest run in postseason.  His 80-yard TD reception against Louisiana Tech in 1973 from Jim McMillan still stands as the school record in postseason.



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