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Boise took another step forward last year, racking up three wins, its most since 2012.
The Braves’ uphill battle remains the same with low turnout, 45-50 players this season, hurting their depth. But a dynamic offense has Boise eyeing its first winning season since 2008, and possibly its first playoff berth since 2002.
Boise coach Bob Clark admits he threw then-sophomore quarterback Will McMullin to the wolves last season. After starting 5 1/2 games and impressing coaches around the region on the summer circuit, that rough entrance turns into invaluable experience.
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“It’s going to be great to come back this year as a junior and have it fully be my team, not just thrown in and figure it out as we go,” McMullin said. “We have a solid plan for our offense and our quarterback position, so it’ll be a lot more smooth.”
The Braves’ bring back one of McMullin’s top targets from last year in Oliver Munch (36 rec., 386 yards). They also return experienced receivers in Jon McEntee, Walker Ward, Ian Sullivan and Will Radice, which will make an always potent Boise aerial attack even more dangerous.
The defense returns just three starters after allowing 37.6 points a game last year, its seventh straight year over 30. But Clark said the defense features more size, including 6-6, 270-pound defensive end/linebacker Andrew Theobald.
“We’re going to have a pretty good defensive front,” Clark said. “We’ll be new at linebacker, although we have some good athletes there.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
John Ojukwu, OT
The 6-6, 290-pound senior put on at least 60 pounds in the offseason and has drawn full-ride offers from Boise State and Portland State.
Will McMullin, QB
The 6-4 junior has turned heads on the camp circuit this summer. After battling for playing time last year, the job is all his.
Oliver Munch, WR/DB
Whether it’s on offense, defense or special teams, the athletic senior is always in the middle of any big play for Boise.
Ramon Booker, DB
The 6-3, 190-pound senior will move from corner to an outside linebacker/safety position to put him in the center of the action.
at Mountain View*
* pod game
Last year: 3-6, 1-4 5A SIC Pod A
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Coach: Bob Clark, 13th season
Record at school: 22-87
Stadium: Dona Larsen Park