We’re counting down the days to the Boise State football team’s first spring practice with daily blog posts on players to watch. Spring ball begins March 9 and ends with the Spring Game on April 11.
8. WR Chaz Anderson
Anderson, a redshirt junior, moved from cornerback to wide receiver in fall camp 2014. By season’s end, he was one of the Broncos’ most important offensive players.
This will be his first spring ball as a receiver — a chance to refine his game at a slower pace and develop into more than just a deep threat.
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Anderson is one of three returning starters at wide receiver — along with junior Thomas Sperbeck and senior Shane Williams-Rhodes — but the Broncos have serious depth concerns. They were counting on Offensive Scout Player of the Year Rick Smith to make a significant impact, but the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that Smith needs at least eight months to recover from a head injury sustained in a locker room incident earlier this month.
Senior Troy Ware (12 catches) is the only other returning wide receiver with a catch last season.
Anderson made 21 catches for 456 yards and two touchdowns. He led the team with a 21.7-yard average. If he’d had enough catches to qualify, he would have ranked fifth in the nation in yards per catch.
Anderson didn’t have a catch until the fourth game of the season. He finished the year with receptions of 46, 46, 57, 46, 55 and 48 yards. He contributed three catches for 80 yards and a 57-yard touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl.
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