Football Talk: The Boise State Offense

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Several readers have asked us to go a little more in depth about Boise State.
Today we’ll take a closer look at the Bronco offense, and next week we’ll look
at their defense. When we’re done, you’ll find that this Boise State team is
built from the same cloth as the team that resides in Blacksburg.

Boise State’s offense is very good, though it’s not the wide open passing
attack that people perceive it to be. The Broncos are no Texas Tech. In fact,
they aren’t that much different from Virginia Tech.

Both the Hokies and the Broncos rely heavily on toughness and physicality in
the trenches to win football games. Boise State averaged 186.1 yards per game on
the ground in 2009, while their running backs averaged 5.8 yards per carry. This
is a team that relies heavily on the running game to be successful.

Of course, they also rely on the passing game, averaging 264.1 yards per game
through the air. This is a balanced offense that is very difficult for their WAC
opponents to handle. Boise State is very well coached, and they also have a lot
more talent than the other teams in their conference.

The Broncos have a lot of experience and talent at the skilled positions, as
well as under center. Quarterback Kellen Moore completed over 64% of his passes
last year for 3,536 yards. He threw 39 touchdown passes and just three
interceptions. He is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate heading into 2010.

He has a couple of good wide receivers in Titus Young and Austin Pettis.
Pettis is bigger at 6-3, 200, while Young is a slippery 5-11, 170. They combined
for 24 touchdown receptions last season. Both players are seniors and very

Boise State’s backfield is deep and talented. Jeremy Avery led the way last
year with over 1,100 yards on the ground, while backup Doug Martin added 765.
D.J. Harper was the original starter, but he tore his ACL in the third game of
the season. He had rushed for 284 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per carry up
until his injury. If he’s 100% in 2010, the Broncos will have three talented
tailbacks to work with.

The offensive line returns three starters. It would have been four, but Kevin
Sapien decided to call it quits thanks to injury problems. The Broncos will have
to break in two new starting