Coming off a season which the Broncos consider far below their standard, they are still seen as one of the top teams in college football.
The preseason Mountain West Mountain Division favorites, the Broncos are 25th in Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings. Also of note in the top 25 are Washington State, at No. 18 (who the Broncos play Sept. 10 at Albertsons Stadium) and San Diego State at No. 24. The Broncos do not play the Aztecs in the regular season, but could very well play them in the Mountain West championship. Former coach Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies are at No. 7.
Check out SI’s scouting report on the Broncos here. An opposing coach noted the offense should be high-powered, also noting strength at safety and at special teams with senior kicker Tyler Rausa and senior punter Sean Wale, “They don’t make a lot of mistakes, but they’re a beatable team. If they’re going to be the Boise of old, it’ll depend on their defensive line.”
Sophomore STUD Jabril Frazier changed his number from 18 to 8 in the offseason. That carries some weight around these parts, last worn by Kamalei Correa, DeMarcus Lawrence and George Iloka.
“It wasn’t even about Kamalei or DeMarcus, I know that’s the history, everybody knows about the 8, but I wore 8 in high school,” Frazier said.
Frazier is poised for a big role this season with Correa’s departure for the NFL, and he’ll team up with junior Gabe Perez for a potent 1-2 punch. Coaches said before fall camp there likely will be packages where both will be on the field at the same time.
“It’s going to be ugly for some quarterbacks in our league,” Frazier said.
Here is the latest installment of Boise State’s profiles of its incoming freshmen, on running back Alexander Mattison:
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