Boise State Offense (Pistol) Boise will look to run a lot this season with junior HB Jay Ajayi returning. But Boise lost 4 starters on the O-Line, causing problems for the run and the passing game. New QB will have 1 main option in WR Matt Miller who has fantastic ball skills and a couple talented TE's. But they lack a true #2 receiver. Quarterback- Joe Southwick is gone, but Nick Patti (So) is a good replacement with a more accurate arm. Patti has decent speed, but is a liability to fumble (2 against UCLA). They'll run a few read option plays to keep defenses honest, but most of his damage will come through the air. A weak O-Line won't give him much time to pass, and coaches are hoping he'll take sacks as opposed to throwing INTs. Running Back- Jay Ajayi (Jr) returns after his great sophomore season. Ajayi is big at 224 pounds, but has good speed surprising agility (92) which is a key attribute for Boise HB's. He'll get the load of the carries, but backup Derrick Thomas (Sr) is back as well as the 165 pound Aaron Baltazar (rFr), who really isn't that fast. Full Back- Connor Peters (Sr) had a nice junior season and saw about 50 carries. He's nothing special in the blocking game, but he will continue to get carries out of the pistol, and may even surpass Derrick Thomas as the #2 HB. Although we run the pistol, he's plays HB in a few sets as a blocking back aside from the QB. Tight Ends- Boise returns 3 tight ends that will get a lot of playing time. 6'5" 215 Holden Huff (Jr) is basically a WR with 73 run block. He was the #3 receiver last year and should probably be 2nd on the team this year in receptions, yards, and TDs. Mat Boeson (So) has a similar skill set to Huff at 6'3" 216 and 71 run block. Alec Dhaenens (rFr) will be on the field when Boise uses their 3 TE pistol set. Wide Receivers- Matt Miller (Sr) is the unquestioned leader of this group. He only has 85 speed, but his catching and route running skills are amazing, 97 catching, 93 RR, 89 CIT. Miller has already come through on the 1st game of the season, going for 136 yards and making the winning TD receptions with 4 seconds left at UCLA. Dallas Burroughs (Sr) and Shane W Rhodes (Jr) have blazing speed but aren't anything special. They'll be sent deep often with Miller doing all the work. O Line- This group is just terrible. 80 overall Marcus Henry (Jr) is the only returning stater and the backups bring very little to the table, overall: 76, 74, 71, 69 (Jr, rFr, So, Fr). Boise will need to get quick passes off and should use a good amount of play action. Defense (4-3) D Ends- Demarcus Lawrence (Sr) is a solid run-stopping DE. He hits hard and has good speed for a DE. Tyler Horn (Sr) should have a nice season and will be Boise's #1 pass rusher. D Tackles- A position of weakness for the Broncos, they'll start 2 seniors (83,78). Sam McCaskill will plug holes in the run and Deuce Mataele will look to get to the QB as often as he did last year. Outside Linebackers- Another position of weakness, but with MLB Blake Renaud in between the 2, they should be able to play well and focus on the run game. Boise didn't like to stray far from the 4-3 last year, with the lack of depth in the secondary, but they'll take the OLB's off the field when they can, playing a lot of 4-down nickel and dime. Middle Linebacker- Blake Renaud (Sr) finished #2 in the LB of the year award, but when he kept hearing NFL scouts compare him Manti Te'O comparisons, he decided to come back for his senior season. He's got 91 tackle and 89 block shedding, but some bad coverage skills. Luckily, he'll be usered again and I hope to double his INT's (4) and pass deflections (8). Cornerbacks- Bryan Douglas (Sr) has great man (91) and zone coverage (90) skills and should be able to shut down most receivers he faces. The question mark is true freshman Michael Monroe, who will start on the other side. 79 overall, he has 81 man coverage and 88 zone coverage. Corey Bell (Sr) will play in dime situations, but isn't great in coverage. Safeties- Darian Thompson (Jr) has good speed and zone coverage skills, which is really what Boise is looking for in a free safety. Jeremy Ione (Sr) has speed and is a good tackler. He isn't as great in coverage as Thompson. He hits like a linebacker and should improve on the good season he had last year. Taylor Loffler (Sr) will play the #3 CB in nickel situation, he's a good tackler and his 75 man coverage is good enough to earn him playing time on D.