Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Inside Look at the Boise State Receivers

Blue Football Through and Through has already previewed the Boise State offensive line for next season and found the unit to be in excellent shape.  What about the receivers?

The Broncos lost just one wide receiver in senior Tyler Shoemaker.  Everyone else returns and with that experience, and some new Broncos ready to take action this fall, the Boise State wide receivers should be better than they were last year.  

Junior Geraldo Boldewijn (6-4, 200) and freshman sensation Matt Miller (6-3, 213) both return as starters for Offensive Coordinator Robert Prince.  Prince could be the best OC Boise State has ever had.  Let me repeat that--Prince could be the best in a long line of great coordinators for Boise State.  He not only has the experience, having coached in the NFL, but has the creativity in play-calling and I get the sense that the players relate to him.  Miller was on several Freshman All-America teams and shattered Titus Young and Austin Pettis's school records for receptions, yards and touchdowns by a freshman.  Boldewijn got better as he went through the 2011 season and Boise State is counting on him to really blossom this fall.  Together, that height is going to be hard to cover for opposing cornerbacks.

The real news out of Spring camp is that Kirby Moore is having a great camp.  The 6-2, 204 junior is coming into his own and very likely could be the third starter at wide receiver.  Senior Chris Potter (5-9, 156) will have something to say about that, but right now, most people believe Moore will win out.  Senior Mitch Burroughs (5-9, 186) and brother Dallas Burroughs (5-9, 172, So.) give the unit speed and no matter who starts, count on this brotherly tandem to see a lot of action.  Junior Aaron Burks (6-2, 191) gives Boise State more experience.

Troy Ware (6-1, 185) redshirted his freshman year but is another talented wideout that is said to be doing very well in practice.  Ware has great hands and if he steps it up, the receiving corps will be so good that the job for whomever starts at quarterback will be much easier.  Don't be surprised to see freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes either.  With the seven talented receivers ahead of him, the Broncos certainly don't need to burn Rhodes' redshirt.  But with his ability at punt and kickoff returns and excellence in running reverses, Rhodes is the kind of player you want on the field as soon as possible.  He has the speed to make opponents pay, whether they be Nevada or Michigan State, and that is something coaches like.

Senior Tyler Jackson (6-0, 191) will also look to break through for playing time this fall, with incoming recruit D.J. Dean (6-1, 180) likely to either grayshirt or redshirt.  Hilton Richardson (6-3, 215) is another freshman in reserve.  

So the options are many for Prince and Bronco head man Chris Petersen.  There can be no doubt that the Bronco receivers will excel this fall.  At this point we just don't know all of the starting lineup.

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