2012 Boise State Broncos Football Preview
2011 Record: 12-1 (6-1 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Chris Petersen, seventh season (73-6 all at Boise State)
Projected Returning Starters: 6
Spring Game: April 14th (Offense 22 Defense 19)
Notes: Despite Utah’s move to the PAC-12, BYU’s to independent, and TCU’s to the Big 12, no mid-major program has caught more publicity than the Boise State Broncos. The Broncos first hit the map nationally in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl with Boise State’s victory over Oklahoma, 43-42 on a Statue of Liberty two-point conversion attempt, which was successful. That game took place at the end of Petersen’s first season in Boise. Since then, the Broncos have only had six losses under Petersen. Three of those losses were in the 2007 season, at Washington, at Hawaii, and East Carolina (Hawaii Bowl). One loss was in 2008, to TCU (Poinsettia Bowl), one in 2010, at Nevada, and one in 2011, at home, to TCU.
BVTSB Take: Boise State enters the 2012 season with the fewest returning starters in all of FBS football. The last time Boise State lost a number of players to graduation and the NFL, the Broncos lost three games. The Broncos had six players drafted in the NFL Draft, with DE Shea McClellin and RB Doug Martin going in the first round, to the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively. DE Tyrone Crawford went in the third round to the Dallas Cowboys and FS George Iioka went in the fifth round to the Cincinnati Bengals. DT Billy Winn was the sixth round pick of the Cleveland Browns, while OT Nate Potter went in the seventh round to the Arizona Cardinals. To the surprise of many, record-setting quarterback Kellen Moore went undrafted, but signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Lions. Moore could back up Matthew Stafford, a quarterback who has been injury prone from time-to-time. Expect Joe Southwyck to replace Moore under center. Southwyck attempted only 30 passes last season. Senior running back D.J. Harper has a shot at replacing Martin as the starting running back – he averaged 4.8 yards per carry in 2011 on 115 carries, with nine rushing touchdowns. Three of the top four receivers – Matt Miller, Mitch Burroughs, and Geraldo Boldewijn – all return in 2012. Those three receivers combined for over 1300 yards receiving and 12 receiving touchdowns. The Broncos open with Michigan State on the road before hosting non-conference foes Miami (OH) and BYU on back-to-back weeks. The games against Miami (OH) and BYU take place in a span of five days. In early October, the Broncos will travel to Hattiesburg to face Southern Miss. The Boise receiving corps will need to help Southwyck and the offense, as only two starters on the offense return. The defense is even more decimated, as only one starter returns. Expect a season much like 2007, where Boise State takes a step back.
2012 Early Projection: 9-3
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