Broncos picked to win Mountain West’s Mountain Division

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

LAS VEGAS — Here’s the depth chart Boise State provided for the Mountain West media guide:

QUARTERBACK
16 Joe Southwick, 6-1, 202, R-Sr.
9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 200, R-Jr.
8 Nick Patti, 5-10, 200, R-Fr.

TAILBACK
27 Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 215, R-So.
21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 198, So.

WIDE RECEIVER
2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 218, R-Jr.
18 Aaron Burks, 6-3, 200, R-Sr.

WIDE RECEIVER
17 Geraldo Boldewijn, 6-4, 215, R-Sr.
81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 171, Jr.

SLOT RECEIVER
34 Kirby Moore, 6-3, 206, R-Sr.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158, So.

TIGHT END
87 Gabe Linehan, 6-4, 238, R-Sr.
86 Kyle Sosnowski, 6-2, 245, R-Jr. (now out for the year)
85 Holden Huff, 6-5, 221, R-So.

FULLBACK
89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 250, Jr.
42 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 243, R-So.

LEFT TACKLE
78 Charles Leno Jr., 6-4, 294, R-Sr.
70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 275, R-Fr.

LEFT GUARD
77 Spencer Gerke, 6-3, 297, R-Sr.
73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 292, R-Fr.

CENTER
65 Matt Paradis, 6-3, 293, R-Sr.
77 Spencer Gerke, 6-3, 297, R-Sr.

RIGHT GUARD
72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 296, R-So.
66 Mario Yakoo, 6-3, 320, R-Fr.

RIGHT TACKLE
67 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 309, R-So.
76 Jake Broyles, 6-5, 299, R-Sr.

DEFENSIVE END
8 Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 244, R-Jr.
53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 258, R-Jr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 280, Jr.
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 264, Jr.

NOSE TACKLE
43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-3, 303, R-Sr.
55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 280, Jr.

STUD END
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 264, Jr.
41 Kharyee Marshall, 6-2, 240, R-Sr.

WEAK-SIDE LINEBACKER
36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 223, So.
51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 233, R-Fr.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER
13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 249, Jr.
45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 220, R-Jr.

STRONG-SIDE LINEBACKER/NICKEL
32 Jonathan Brown, 5-10, 215, R-Sr.
38 Corey Bell, 5-11, 208, Jr.

CORNERBACK
1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 170, R-Jr.
18 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 183, R-Fr.

CORNERBACK
30 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 151, So.
16 Deon’tae Florence, 5-9, 171, R-Jr.

SAFETY
10 Jeremy Ioane, 5-10, 189, R-Jr.
28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-0, 202, R-So.

SAFETY
35 Darian Thompson, 6-1, 201, R-So.
37 Ebo Makinde, 5-10, 179, R-Sr.

KICKER
41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 193, R-Jr.
26 Tyler Rausa, 5-8, 191, So.

KICKOFF SPECIALIST
41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 193, R-Jr.
14 Trevor Harman, 6-3, 207, R-Sr.

KICKOFF RETURNERS
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158, So.
81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 171, Jr.

PUNT RETURNER
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158, So.

HOLDER
2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 218, R-Jr.
16 Joe Southwick, 6-1, 202, R-Sr.

PUNTER
14 Trevor Harman, 6-3, 207, R-Sr.
18 Sean Wale, 6-1, 183, R-Fr.

LONG SNAPPER
46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 205, Jr.

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Boise State and Fresno State will enter the 2013 season as the favorites to win their Mountain West football divisions, according to the media poll released Monday morning at media days.

Boise State received 40 of 41 first-place votes in the Mountain Division. Utah State was second (one first-place vote), Air Force third, Wyoming fourth, Colorado State fifth and New Mexico sixth.

Fresno State received 39 of 41 votes in the West Division. San Diego State was second (one), San Jose State was third (one), Nevada was fourth, UNLV was fifth and Hawaii was sixth.

This is the sixth straight year that Boise State has been picked to win its league or division. The Broncos have won a conference title in four of the past five years, including a three-way tie last year with Fresno State and San Diego State.

Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr was named the Mountain West preseason offensive player of the year. Fresno State junior defensive back Derron Smith was named the preseason defensive player of the year. New Mexico junior kick returner Chase Clayton was named the preseason special teams player of the year. Carr was the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year, when he threw for a conference-record 4,104 yards.

Boise State players on the preseason all-conference team include senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr., senior center Matt Paradis and junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Seven players on the preseason team are returning All-Mountain West first-teamers, including Paradis and Lawrence.

Mountain Division poll
1. Boise State (40), 245
2. Utah State (1), 204
3. Air Force, 143
4. Wyoming, 116
5. Colorado State, 90
6. New Mexico, 63

West Division poll
1. Fresno State (39), 243
2. San Diego State (1), 181
3. San Jose State (1), 172
4. Nevada, 135
5. UNLV, 71
6. Hawaii, 59

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Read a replay of our live chat with Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick and offensive tackle Charles Leno.

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Preseason All-Mountain West team:

OFFENSE
QB Derek Carr, *Sr., Fresno State
WR Davante Adams, *So., Fresno State
WR Noel Grigsby, Sr., San Jose State
RB Kasey Carrier, **Sr., New Mexico
RB Adam Muema, **Jr., San Diego State
OL Charles Leno, **Sr., Boise State
OL Matt Paradis, *Sr., Boise State
OL Weston Richburg, Sr., Colorado State
OL Austin Wentworth, *Sr., Fresno State
OL Tyler Larsen, Sr., Utah State
TE Marcel Jensen, Sr., Fresno State

DEFENSE
DL Demarcus Lawrence, *Jr., Boise State
DL Tyeler Davison, *Jr., Fresno State
DL Brock Hekking, **Jr., Nevada
DL Travis Raciti, Jr., San Jose State
LB Jake Fely **, Jr., San Diego State
LB Keith Smith, Sr., San Jose State
LB Kyler Fackrell, So., Utah State
DB L.J. Jones, Sr., Fresno State
DB Derron Smith, *Jr., Fresno State
DB Nat Berhe, **Sr., San Diego State
DB Bené Benwikere, Sr., San Jose State

SPECIALISTS
P Ben Skaer, Sr., New Mexico
PK Austin Lopez, So., San Jose State
Ret. Chase Clayton, Jr., New Mexico

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Derron Smith, Jr., DB, Fresno State

PRESEASON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chase Clayton, Jr., KR, New Mexico

* – member of the 2012 All-Mountain West first team.
** – member of the 2012 All-Mountain West second team.

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FOX announced its college football broadcast teams for the season Monday. One of these teams likely will call the Boise State-Washington game Aug. 31 on FOX Sports 1: play-by-play Craig Bolerjack, analyst Joey Harrington, sideline Ryan Nece; play-by-play Justin Kutcher, analyst James Bates, sideline Brady Poppinga; play-by-play Adam Alexander, analyst Chris Simms.

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Charles Leno Jr.


Joe Southwick

Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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