TRACY LAMPLEY, RECEIVER/RETURNER
Lampley is about to become the first player in school history with 1,000 career yards as a receiver, runner, punt returner and kickoff returner.
He scored all four ways as a freshman. Now a senior, the 5-foot-9, 169-pounder doesnt get many chances as a punt returner but ranks ninth in the nation in kickoff returns at 32.9 yards.
Lampley said hes an X-factor lining up at receiver and tailback.
They just try to get me the ball any way possible, he said. The main thing about spread offenses is getting the ball to a guy in space and let him try to make a play.
Said Boise State coach Chris Petersen: Really electric. Hes just one of those guys who are hard to tackle. It looks like he can break it every time he gets his hands on the ball.
JAMIE COLLINS, DEFENSIVE END
Collins is an end/linebacker hybrid who has created significant problems for offenses this season. You never know where they might put me, he said.
Collins leads the team with 35 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks and three pass breakups.
Hes one of those guys who jumps out and makes plays, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. Really good motor. Hell be a guy we have to pay attention to for sure.
Collins is one of three standout defenders. Hes joined by junior safety Jacorius Cotton (26 tackles) and junior cornerback Deron Wilson (22). Wilson has seven interceptions and 27 pass breakups in his career.
The speed of play will be a jump from New Mexico, Boise State QBs coach Jonathan Smith said. I think theyre quite a bit more athletic than them.
RICKY LLOYD AND ANTHONY ALFORD, QUARTERBACKS
Two weeks ago, Lloyd was the third-string quarterback. Now hes expected to become the first Golden Eagle QB to start back-to-back games this season.
Junior Chris Campbell, a passer, has started twice but is out with a neck injury. Alford, a true freshman and explosive runner, missed last weeks game with a knee injury. He has made one start and he returned to practice this week, so he likely will factor into the game plan.
Lloyd, a redshirt freshman, played in a massive rainstorm last week, which makes him a bit of a mystery.
Of the three, Alford seems to be the one who has the Broncos attention. He has rushed for 126 yards.
He just wants to run it probably a little more than the other guys, linebackers coach Bob Gregory said.