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This amazing class has already set two NCAA all-time records and helped to set three other modern records. If they buckle down this fall, they could help put the existing college football power structure on its ear. Numerous modern and NCAA records are within their reach. Carpe Diem, Broncos.
of this class has to begin with quarterback Kellen Moore (6-0, 187).
Moore, who redshirted in the 2007 season, became the first freshman to
ever start a season opener at
you can't do that. But
Compare those statistics to what he has done in two years at Boise State. 528-836 for 6,789 yards and 64 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. The 173 career TD passes is out of reach but those other marks that Moore made in high school now appear to be within range in college.
is not only a unanimous choice among the preseason football magazines for
All-WAC, but is Lindy's choice for All-America honors.and The Sporting News'
pick for the second team.
Lindy said; "If Moore can avoid getting caught up in the hype, the distractions that
the media provides, he should do fine." Often
it is the mental part of the game that will bring someone down, and the comment
is just as relevant this fall as it was last.
So this now is
39 TD passes last season against only three picks set an all-time NCAA record.
Moore is well on pace to break Colt McCoy's record for wins by a
Moore gets that latter record will depend upon the other members of this class.
wide receivers, in particular, will have a direct bearing on Boise State's
success this fall. The value of
Austin Pettis (6-3, 201, Sr.) should be readily apparent to all Bronco and
national college football observers. When
Pettis went down with an injury, the Bronco offense sputtered against Nevada and
TCU. When he was in the lineup, he
set a school record with 14 TD receptions in 2009.
Pettis has 153 receptions in his stellar career for 1,887 yards and 29
of the oldest records in the
Pettis and Titus Young (5-11, 170, Sr.) make up one of the nation's best receiving duos—a story featuring the two is coming up later in the 45-Day Countdown. Both have a real opportunity to break each of those records. Pettis needs just 36 receptions this season to tie and 37 to break that record and just two touchdown catches will break Hutt's TD record. Young's road is a little tougher since he sat out most of the 2008 season but the two marks can be reached for "TY". Young needs 57 receptions and 15 TD catches to put his name at #1.
Pettis is a phenomenal go-to receiver who can somehow create space in tight situations with long arms, great hands and jumping ability. Young is a speedster (4.4 in the 40) with deep-ball potential on every play even if the defense knows it is coming. Combined, they form a lethal pair.
Mitch Burroughs' (5-9, 188, So.) playing time was increased tremendously with the injury to Pettis. Named the team's Offensive Scout Player of the Year in his redshirt season, Burroughs finished seventh on the team with 11 receptions for 92 yards and a score. He also completed a pass for 16 yards. Since Burroughs greyshirted in his first year, he has two years remaining. Young and Pettis will be gone after this year, so the time to campaign for a starting job next fall is now for Mitch. He is a 4.47 speedster and his production has to increase in 2010.
Tyler Shoemaker (6-1, 207, Jr.) wasn't a scholarship player in this class he
is yet another walk-on success story. "Shoe"
walked on in 2007, the same time as Pettis, Young and Burroughs and the fact
that he not only made the team but then earned a scholarship and is making a
huge contribution is a testament to his ability.
Shoemaker had 21 catches for 345 yards and two scores last year and
bigger things are expected from him to take pressure off of Young and Pettis.
Center Thomas Byrd (5-11, 284, Jr.) was on the Rimington Trophy watch list last season. Usually, a player will continue to make the list in future years as they progress individually and as upperclassmen move on. Thomas did not make the list this season. That alone should give some impetus to him to take charge this fall. Byrd did make the Athlon magazine preseason All-Western Athletic Conference team, but he was left off from The Sporting News and Lindy's choices. Clearly he made an immediate impression in his freshman year but it is also apparent that he was work to do to reach his potential.
Garrett Pendergast (6-4, 271, So.) still needs work in the weight room but his emergence
as a factor on the offensive line could help this class truly stand alone in
Bronco annals. Pendergast was named
Cory Yriarte (6-1, 281, Jr.) had a torn
Zach Waller (6-5, 289, Jr. and #70 in the photo) has the potential to be a monster for
Brandyn Thompson (5-10, 180, Sr.) had a phenomenal performance in
D.J. Harper (the "Texas Tornado") showed his brilliance early last season before
a injury in the
Doug Martin (5-9, 201, Jr.) was slotted to play nickel back last season but two
things (the incredible play of Winston Venable at the position and the injury to
Harper) led Bronco coaches to the decision to move him to running back.
Martin was simply brilliant, giving the
Dan Paul (6-0, 241, Jr. and #47 in the photo)) is a recruit out of running back Malcolm Johnson's neck of the woods, Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon. He is a weightlifting star and has been converted from linebacker to fullback.
Billy Winn (6-4, 288, Jr.) is only beginning to realize his potential.
Winn was named to Phil Steel's All-Freshman second team in 2008 and saw
his star rise last fall. His
superb shot straight to the
Chase Baker (6-1, 298, Jr.) personifies the "Blue-Collar Bronco".
He has worked tremendously hard to earn a starting job on the rapidly
Shea McClellin (6-3, 262, Jr.) had a great fall camp that resulted in Shea becoming a big
factor for the Bronco defense last season. McClellin
had 36 tackles, six for loss, with three sacks, an interception and two pass
breakups. Add this contribution to
his key block of an
Aaron Tevis (6-3, 228, Jr.) posted 54 tackles for the Broncos last year with 6.5 of them for loss, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Tevis excels in pass coverage with three interceptions and five pass breakups.
Chuck Hayes (6-2, 290, Jr.), Jarrell Root (6-3, 259, Jr.) and J.P Nisby (6-1, 305,
Jr.) are three of the other defensive linemen in this class.
Nisby had 12 tackles last season, 1.5 for loss.
Nisby was a California All-State player in high school and Bronco fans
are hoping those numbers are tripled this fall.
Root had 11 tackles with one for loss and are looking for a big year for
Hunter White (5-11, 224, Jr. and #25 in the photo) is yet another outstanding defensive talent from this class. He had a great spring last year that continued during the season with 37 stops last year, 4.5 for loss, an interception and two breakups.
Antwon Murray (5-11, 177, Jr. and #31 in the photo) was a top recruit from the state of
Brad Elkin (6-2, 201, Jr. and #49 in the photo) is a name that the Broncos
would sure love to hear more of. Placekicker
Kyle Brotzman saw a bit of a drop-off in performance last year because he spent
considerable time practicing punting. Elkin
is the "man of the moment" for
Garcia Day was the only JC recruit of the group. While Day was a huge hitter, he mostly made his mark on special teams.
Just two of the 26 recruits in this class (Dominquez Vinson and Johnny Tivao) are gone. That shows incredible persistence for this group. They know what is at stake and the tremendous upside for the Bronco football program. It has been 29 years since 1980—this could be the group that finally gets it done.
I mentioned in last week's article that the 2006