Boise State wide receiver Chaz Anderson became the Broncos’ designated deep threat last season – and everyone knew it.
That led to some crowded competitions for the ball down the field.
“He’s either taking three guys with him or he’s wide open,” wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck said. “It’s just fun to watch him, and he’s a huge tool for this offense.”
Anderson finished the year with receptions of 46, 46, 57, 46, 55 and 48 yards. He averaged 21.7 yards per catch (21 for 456), which would have ranked fifth nationally if he would have had enough receptions to qualify.
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His 57-yard touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl helped set the tone for the Broncos’ win against Arizona. But his favorite catch of the season was a 36-yard touchdown with 7 minutes left against New Mexico. The TD gave the Broncos their first lead after trailing by as many as 14 points.
“It was the game-winner,” Anderson said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like that.”
Anderson moved from cornerback to wide receiver when fall camp began last year. He started to show some promise in late September and became an integral part of the offense in late October.
It took the entire season for him to get comfortable.
“I felt very comfortable around the bowl game week,” he said. “I was confident. I knew the offense much, much better, and I guess it kind of showed.”
He has worked all offseason to become a complete receiver but there’s no doubt his role will include many deep routes.
“It’s fun,” he said. “You get to look out there and see what kind of defense the defense is playing. If the safety is low, you’re licking your chops. And if he’s high, it’s kind of a bummer but you want to go out there and make a play. It’s exciting.”
The Fiesta Bowl, in which he made three catches for 80 yards, convinced Anderson that he can perform on any stage.
“You know you can do it all now,” he said. “My game just has to be consistent now because you know what you can do.”
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I wrote about Boise State’s need to develop depth at wide receiver for today’s newspaper.
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Player banner No. 2: center Marcus Henry with the word “toughness.”
Each play begins with him. Read rush, snap, fight. On the banner at Albertsons Stadium, TOUGHNESS is C Marcus Henry pic.twitter.com/t9ViKJA4nx— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) August 9, 2015
Safety Darian Thompson (“discipline”) was on the first banner announced. The four banners on the east exterior of Albertsons Stadium will be hung beginning Tuesday.
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Boise State held its second practice in shoulder pads and helmets today, the fourth overall in camp. The first day of full pads is Monday. The team didn’t have media interviews today. The next availability is Monday.