Bronco Beat

Half of Boise State football’s projected starters have never started

Boise State’s Alexander Mattison carries The Hammer before a game last season.
Boise State’s Alexander Mattison carries The Hammer before a game last season.

Boise State has yet to hit the field for fall practices, but Sunday provided an early look at the pecking order for the Broncos with the release of the first depth chart.

The skill positions provide little surprise, with junior Brett Rypien on top at quarterback, sophomore Alexander Mattison at running back, senior Cedrick Wilson and juniors A.J. Richardson and Sean Modster at receiver, and senior Jake Roh at tight end. On the offensive line, both players listed at left tackle having yet to play a game for the Broncos.

Redshirt freshman Ezra Cleveland, the offensive scout team player of the year, is No. 1 at left tackle, with junior college transfer Isiah Moore behind him. Moore is one of the Broncos’ most highly-touted recruits in recent years. Senior Archie Lewis, who started 13 games last year, is No. 1 at right tackle.

On defense, sophomore Sam Whitney is ahead of last season’s starter, junior Jabril Frazier, at STUD end. Frazier missed spring practices after having three surgeries in the offseason. Senior Gabe Perez, who had played STUD his first four seasons, is listed atop the depth chart at strongside linebacker. That position could provide some unique looks with the 6-foot-4 Perez, followed by redshirt freshmen Desmond Williams (5-11) and Avery Williams (5-9).

Junior college transfer Michael Young, who impressed in the spring, is listed as a starting cornerback, while sophomores DeAndre Pierce and Kekoa Nawahine are atop the depth chart at the safety spots. Redshirt freshman Joel Velazquez is currently in line to handle both kicking and punting duties.

Of the 22 starters on offense and defense, plus Velazquez, 13 have started one or no games for Boise State.

Fall camp begins Aug. 1, while Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, Rypien and junior defensive tackle David Moa will be on hand at the Mountain West Football Media Summit in Las Vegas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Take a look below for the full depth chart.

▪  Sports editor Chadd Cripe and I will hop onto Facebook Live at noon Monday to discuss the initial depth chart and also to set the table for the Mountain West Football Media Summit. Like us and join us at www.facebook.com/boisestatesports.

...

Offense

QUARTERBACK

4 Brett Rypien, Jr.

3 Montell Cozart, Sr.

15 Jake Constantine, RFr.

RUNNING BACK

22 Alexander Mattison, So.

21 Ryan Wolpin, Sr.

34 Robert Mahone, RFr.

WIDE RECEIVER (X)

1 Cedrick Wilson, Sr.

9 Bryan Jefferson, So.

17 Austin Cottrell, Sr.

WIDE RECEIVER (H)

7 A.J. Richardson, Jr.

81 Akilian Butler, Jr.

WIDE RECEIVER (Z)

8 Sean Modster, Jr.

81 Akilian Butler, Jr.

TIGHT END

88 Jake Roh, Sr.

87 Alec Dhaenens, Sr.

86 Chase Blakley, Jr.

84 Jake Knight, Sr.

85 John Bates, RFr.

47 Matt Pistone, So.

LEFT TACKLE

75 Ezra Cleveland, RFr.

66 Isiah Moore, Jr.

LEFT GUARD

67 Garrett Larson, So.

52 Andrew Tercek, Sr.

CENTER

59 Mason Hampton, Sr.

71 Donte Harrington, RFr.

RIGHT GUARD

77 John Molchon, So.

79 Eric Quevedo, So.

RIGHT TACKLE

74 Archie Lewis, Sr.

78 Andres Preciado, Jr.

Defense

DEFENSIVE END

91 Durrant Miles, Jr.

93 Chase Hatada, So. -OR-

45 Kayode Rufai, RFr.

NOSE TACKLE

98 Sonatane Lui, So.

57 Emmanuel Fesili, So.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

55 David Moa, Jr.

90 Daniel Auelua, Sr.

STUD END

53 Sam Whitney, So.

8 Jabril Frazier, Jr. -OR-

99 Curtis Weaver, RFr.

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER

38 Leighton Vander Esch, Jr.

36 Blake Whitlock, Sr.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

58 Tyson Maeva, So.

25 Benton Wickersham, Fr.

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER

33 Gabe Perez, Sr.

9 Desmond Williams, RFr. -OR-

26 Avery Williams, RFr.

FIELD CORNERBACK

14 Tyler Horton, Jr.

27 Reid Harrison-Ducros, So.

BOUNDARY CORNERBACK

6 Michael Young, Jr.

17 Jalen Walker, RFr.

FIELD SAFETY

4 DeAndre Pierce, So.

32 Jordan Happle, RFr. -OR-

15 Evan Tyler, So.

BOUNDARY SAFETY

10 Kekoa Nawahine, So.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, Sr.

Special teams

KICKER

46 Joel Velazquez, RFr.

41 Haden Hoggarth, Jr.

PUNTER/KICKOFFS

46 Joel Velazquez, RFr.

SNAPPER

89 Brock Barr, Sr.

50 Nicholai Pittman, So.

HOLDER

27 Reid Harrison-Ducros, So. -OR-

1 Cedrick Wilson, Sr.

KICK RETURNER

1 Cedrick Wilson, Sr.

26 Avery Williams, RFr.

6 Michael Young, Jr.

PUNT RETURNER

1 Cedrick Wilson, Sr.

26 Avery Williams, RFr.

4 DeAndre Pierce, So.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @davesouthorn

  Comments