2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: D.J. Harper-RB, Dan Paul-FB, Mitch Burroughs-WR, Chris Potter-WR, Chandler Koch-TE, Joe Kellogg-OG, Michael Ames-OG, Brenel Myers-OT, Michael Frisina-K
DEFENSE: Michael Atkinson-NT, Darren Koontz-DT, Greg Grimes-NT, Tommy Smith-LB, J.C. Percy-LB, Jamar Taylor-CB, Jerrell Gavins-CB, Dextrell Simmons-NB
WR Matt Miller
Receiver / Defensive End

Nine receivers caught a dozen or more passes in 2012. Most of them are back as are most of the backups. This is s deep receiving crew. Boise State ranked 7th nationally in the sack department. Defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence, Sam Ukwuachu and Tyler Horn are back to harass opposing quarterbacks.

Linebacker / Cornerback

A completely new set of linebackers in this nickel base defense need to be found. Tommy Smith and J.C. Percy were dominating tacklers. Opposing quarterbacks have a miserable time against this Bronco pass defense. Cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins had much to do with this success. Replacing them will be a crucial experiment this off-season.

DE Demarcus Lawrence
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Joe Southwick-Sr Grant Hedrick-Jr
RB Jay Ajayi-So Jack Fields-So
WR Matt Miller-Jr Aaron Burks-Sr
WR Kirby Moore-Sr Geraldo Boldewijn-Sr
WR Shane Williams-Rhodes-So Dallas Burroughs-Jr
TE Holden Huff-So Hayden Plinke-So
OT Charles Leno-Sr ..
OG .. ..
C Matt Paradis-Sr ..
OG Spencer Gerke-Sr ..
OT Jake Broyles-Sr ..
K .. ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Demarcus Lawrence-Jr Tyler Horn-Jr
DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe-Sr ..
NT .. ..
DE Sam Ukwuachu-So Beau Martin-Jr / Kharyee Marshall-Sr
MLB Blake Renaud-Jr ..
WLB Tyler Gray-So ..
CB Ebo Makinde-Sr ..
CB Bryan Douglas-Jr (inj.) ..
SS Darian Thompson-So Lee Hightower-Jr / Dillon Lukehart-So
FS Jeremy Ioane-Jr ..
NB Corey Bell-Jr Jonathan Brown-Sr
P Trevor Harman-Sr ..


  • This could be the year for senior quarterback Joe Southwick. He finished the 2012 regular season playing his best football. This offensive line also does a good job protecting Joe. After sitting behind and watching legendary Kellen Moore handle the position it's now his turn to take a swipe at a magical Boise State run.
  • The Broncos understandably leaned on the run game more with a new quarterback. Gone is 1,000-yard rusher D.J. Harper but young sophomore Jay Ajayi brings an explosive power element to the table and a 6.9 yards-per-carry average.
  • Receiver Matt Miller has more catches than any Bronco over the past two season. He is a possession-type guy who moves the chains. This may not be the highest rated set of receivers on an individual basis, but there is plenty of quality route runners to choose from.
  • History has shown that no matter how many people Boise State brings back, this team is geared to play with anyone while racking up impressive won-loss records. Head Coach Chris Petersen has done more with lesser experienced teams compared to the one he will have under his tutelage for 2013. The defense certainly has some questions that need answered given the personnel loses but this is still a typical triumphant Boise State team. Ignoring them as a Top 25 entity would be an insult.



Aug. 21 - at Washington
Sept. 7 - UT-Martin
Sept. 28 - Southern Miss
Oct. 26 - at Brigham Young
TBA - Houston
TBA - Louisville
TBA - Memphis
TBA - Rutgers
TBA - at Cincinnati
TBA - at San Diego State
TBA - at SMU
TBA - at Temple