CB Gabe Franklin

2002 Statistics

Coach: Dan Hawkins
20-5, 2 years
2002 Record: 12-1
at Arkansas LOST 14-41
at Wyoming WON 35-13
at Tulsa WON 52-24
at San Jose State WON 45-8
at Texas-El Paso WON 58-3
at Nevada WON 44-7
Iowa State WON 34-16

2002 Final Rankings
AP-15, Coaches-12, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

The 2002 Broncos were flat-out dominant. Their average 27-point scoring margin led the nation. Incredibly, all twelve of their wins were by at least 17 points. Within the conference, Boise State had one of the most impressive seasons in WAC history. The bar has clearly been set.

But it will not be achieved in 2003. The WAC is slowly beginning to improve as a conference, and the top teams, including Hawaii, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech, all will be seeking revenge. Boise State will be the hunted. Because of this, we do expect Bronco dominance to end, especially considering the need to replace 13 of 22 starters.

Looking at the schedule, expect them to start off well against Idaho and Idaho State, before venturing to play at Oregon State. This will set the season's remaining tone for the program. Games against power-conference teams are crucial for the mid-majors because it provides a measuring stick for their programs and the conference, too. We expect 2003 State to not yet be ready for the leap to beat a quality PAC-TEN contender.

The Broncos will continue into the WAC and gain momentum after an early shootout at tough-Louisiana Tech. We look for the young offense to come together under the leadership of Dinwiddie. Also we expect Tim Gilligan to make noise both as a receiver and punt-returner as the Broncos start to roll. They should have a decent record before falling late to Fresno State and Hawaii. A bowl game will be likely if the Broncos prove to be an appealing attraction with competent play. Still the chance remains, with four-losses or more, that this mid-major team could be left out. With such tough geographical recruiting woes, a rebuilding year in Boise will mean a step down from 2002's comet performance. But not too far, and who knows in that wacky WAC.

Projected 2003 record: 8-4
WR Tony McPherson
DE Jason Wardlow
CB Gerald Alexander
QB - 5 DL - 2.5
RB - 3.5 LB - 3
WR - 3 DB - 3.5
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Ryan Dinwiddie, 205-134-3, 2283 yds., 20 TD's

Rushing: David Mikell, 105 att., 606 yds., 8 TD's

Receiving: Tim Gilligan, 23 rec., 349 yds., 1 TD's

Scoring: David Mikell, 9 TD's, 54 pts.

Punting: Jesse Warner, 8 punts, 35.4 avg.

Kicking: Tyler Jones, 3-8 FG, 12-12 PAT, 21 pts.

Tackles: Andy Avalos, 107 tot., 48 solo

Sacks: Andy Avalos, 4 sacks

Interceptions: Gabe Franklin, 8 for 70 yds.

Kickoff returns: David Mikell, 21 ret., 25.3 avg.

Punt returns: Tim Gilligan, 36 ret., 14.0 avg.


OFFENSE: B.J. Rhode-QB, Matt Strohfus-FB, Brock Forsey-TB, Billy Wingfield-WR, Lou Fanucchi-WR, Jay Swillie-WR, Rocky Atkinson-TE, Matt Navest-OG, Scott Huff-C, Rob Vian-OG, Nick Calaycay-K
DEFENSE: Tony Altieri-DT, Bobby Hammer-DE, Chauncey Ako-MLB, Quintin Mikell-ROV, Keith Shuttler-P

written by Dave Bagchi

QB Ryan Dinwiddie returns after leading Boise State to the top-ranked total offense and scoring offense in the nation. Dinwiddie quietly threw for 2,283 yards, 65% accuracy, only three interceptions and a national best 188 pass efficiency rating! The keys to his, and therefore the team's success are smart decision-making and a quick release. He is tremendous at close-lining passes into the seams right behind the opposing linebackers. 6'4 junior Michael Sanford will be Dinwiddie's backup.

Boise State will continue to run the I-formation but now will hand the ball off to senior RB David Mikell. In subbing for Forsey, Mikell gained 606 yards and also showed he has capable hands. This is key because in 2002 the Broncos threw around 25% of their completions to backs. Junior Donny Heck will provide depth and experience. State had a 59/41 run/pass percent breakdown of their offensive plays. This total number was skewed because their wins were so lopsided. When the game is still in doubt, Coach Hawkins calls around 50/50 run to pass. Senior FB Greg Swenson will move up from third on the depth charts to now start. He will need to bulk up from last season's 220 pounds, especially with the fresh faces in the middle.

The OL's versatility as blockers is confirmed by 2002's offensive averages of 209 yards rushing and 293 yards passing. Gone this season are three of the starting five, returning only senior RT Jason Turner and sophomore LT Daryn Colledge. The Broncos will have to replace the entire interior of the line. Although at this point it has not been decided who will take over, keep an eye on 6'7 sophomore Kevin Worack and junior Michael Ansel. Inexperience will cause problems in the early going, but Boise State has talent waiting in the wings. This off-season, offensive line coach Chris Strausser will have to find the right mix. Look for our updates on this key area.

With the inclusion of Forsey the top four Bronco leaders in receptions from last season have graduated. Two seniors in 5'8 speedster Tim Gilligan and Jerry Smith will partially replace them. A concern - the duo combined for only 32 2002 receptions. Smallish junior TE Trent Lundin, 6'3" 230-pound, will be Dinwiddie's only tall target downfield, although he is undersized as a run-blocker.


QB Ryan Dinwiddie


Returning Starters in bold
QB Ryan Dinwiddie-Sr (6-1, 189) Michael Sanford-Jr (6-4, 207)
FB Greg Swenson-Sr (5-10, 215) Brad Lau-Fr (5-11, 227)
TB David Mikell-Sr (5-11, 204) Donny Heck-Jr (5-10, 196)
WR Tim Gilligan-Sr (5-9, 175) Jerry Smith-Sr (5-10, 170)
WR Tony McPherson-Sr (6-0, 174) Drisan James-Fr (6-1, 170)
TE Kevin Louwsma-Sr (6-5, 250) Andy Weldon-Jr (6-3, 235)
OT Daryn Colledge-So (6-5, 288) Tony Volponi-Fr (6-5, 283)
OG Michael Ansel-Jr (6-3, 287) Ryan Keating-Fr (6-3, 305)
C Mike MacLeod-Sr (6-2, 278) Joe Wiegand-Fr (6-1, 273)
OG Tyrone Tutogi-Sr (6-1, 273) Kellen Wright-Fr (6-2, 280)
OT Jason Turner-Sr (6-4, 274) Rusty Colburn-Jr (6-5, 313)
K Tyler Jones-Jr (6-1, 188) ..



written by Dave Bagchi

The defense was especially tough against the run, ranking 16th nationally as they allowed only 109 yards per game. Boise State returns two of their three linebackers including the team's leading tackler, junior Andy Avalos. Avalos is under-sized, but plays with extreme aggressiveness and is a sure tackler. Senior LB Travis Burgher will flank him, and needs to play bigger as he is also of smaller stature at 215. Burgher started all 13 games but underachieved statistically. Sophomores Chris Barrios and Chris Furr will battle to replace departed Chauncey Ako. This talented duo each saw significant playing time and could shuffle with Burgher.

When you see that Boise State finished 81st in pass defense, you may or may not realize total yards don't tell the whole story. Keep in mind that the Broncos blew out most of their opponents and the defense saw passes on 56% of opponent's plays. The more telling stat is that the Broncos finished 21st in the nation in pass efficiency defense and return three of four starters in a secondary that allowed less than six yards per pass attempt. Back are senior FS Wes Nurse (89 tackles), senior DB Julius Brown's 15 pass break-ups and the star of the group, junior DB Gabe Franklin. Franklin led the team with eight interceptions and performed all season as a lock-down corner. Junior rover safety Chris Carr has significant experience, but is small for the physical rover position.

Boise State lines up primarily in the 4-3, though they hover five to six men at the line of scrimmage, depending on what the offense shows. Man-for-man, the Broncos are under-sized. To compensate, defensive coordinator Ron Collins has the team play aggressively and gamble by using their speed. The system works especially well on the fast turf at home. The 2002 Broncos got 16 of their 29 sacks from their back seven. Collins had a magical season but the defense especially seemed to be playing above their abilities. This year reality should settle in with air-attack after air-attack on the schedule.

Left DE Julius Roberts is the only returning starter, and his 15 tackles do not bode well for assuredly anchoring the newbies. The Broncos will look to senior DT Paul Allen, sophomore DT Alex Guerrero and senior DE Fernando Yanez to fill the voids. They are big and physical guys without much experience playing together. Mostly in mop-up duty, the trio combined for 42 tackles and three sacks. They'll have to mature fast and learn to occupy opposing linemen so the strong linebacking corps can make plays.

This defense is poised to lose a few games for the squad. The size issue, along with run-stopping worries, means opponents will start pounding away until stopped on the ground. Shoot-outs can be closed out if a team can easily run late in the fourth, grinding away the clock to end the game as they put themselves ahead. If the run is not kept in check early on in 2003, look for State to lose this way in one game they may need late.


TB David Mikell


Returning Starters in bold
DE Julius Roberts-Jr (6-5, 234) Mike Dominguez-Fr (6-2, 227)
DT Dane Oldham-Sr (6-3, 265) Alex Guerrero-So (6-1, 275)
DT Paul Allen-Sr (6-2, 293) Andrew Browning-Fr (5-11, 258)
DE Jason Wardlow-Jr (6-3, 225) Mike Williams-Fr (6-3, 239)
SLB Travis Burgher-Sr (6-1, 209) Jared Hunter-Fr (6-4, 200)
MLB Chris Barrios-So (5-10, 212) Clint Furr-So (6-0, 231)
WLB Andy Avalos-Jr (5-10, 213) Korey Hall-Fr (6-1, 226)
CB Gabe Franklin-Sr (5-10, 176) Gerald Alexander-Fr (5-11, 179)
CB Julius Brown-Sr (5-10, 176) Lee Marks-So (5-7, 168)
ROV Chris Carr-Jr (5-9, 181) Brad Allen-So (5-7, 172)
FS Wes Nurse-Sr (5-10, 190) Cam Hall-So (6-0, 202)
P Sean Steichen-So (6-0, 194) Jesse Warner-Jr (5-6, 181)




PR Tim Gilligan averaged 14 yards per return while David Mikell averaged 25 yards per kick return both ranking in the national Top 20. If Mikell, who will be the starting running back, is relieved of his role, look for the rover, Carr, as an option. Either way the Broncos will have a burner back deep.

Sophomore Sean Steichen, a former quarterback, enters practice as the number one punter. He missed all of last season with a foot injury. Junior Jesse Warner will battle Steichen for the punting duties. Warner punted eight times last season averaging 35.4 yards per punt. This team cannot afford to lose the field-position battle(s) with its defensive size.

Junior PK Tyler Jones will have his chance to take over the starting kicker spot. Jones made only three of eight FGAs, but six were from beyond 40 yards. The coaches believe that with his leg strength, he will be able to improve.


There's been a three-way battle for the backup QB slot this spring. The contenders are junior Mike Sanford and redshirt freshmen Jared Zabransky and Legedu Naanee. So far, Sanford seems to have a slight edge, but the younger two have performed in bright spots too. Sanford has the better grasp of the offense and as a result has shown more consistency… The Broncos could use more of a RB-by-committee this season. Mikell is the man, but junior Donny Heck and JUCO transfer Antwaun Carter could spell healthy minutes in relief. Walk-on freshman RB Brett Denton bettered his status on the depth chart with a number of good runs. He should give them a good third or fourth back to throw in the mix… Junior WR Tony McPherson had the most productive spring showing of all the receivers. Cohorts Tim Gilligan and Jerry Smith struck fancy with their receiving output as well. Gilligan has been the big-play maker, with long receptions and heavy RAC yardage. Gilligan is certainly the man to throw deep with. His sure hands are an attraction to any QB so don't think Dinwiddie doesn't love having him downfield. Quinton Jones has been a pleasant surprise and his speed would be much welcomed to this passing attack. Others who will see throws this year are JUCO transfer Mark Onibokun, Wyoming transfer Brett Ralph, and sure-handed freshman Rafe Espinoza.

Backup DT Fernando Yanez was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. In his vacancy, freshman Andrew Browning has filled in nicely and provided an altering presence at DT. Sophomore Jason Wardlow exuded dominance this spring and showed he sits very well in the scheme of things. The USC transfer gives the Broncos an imposing presence on the end and should add to the strength of this defense… Chris Barrios has made extensive strides at MLB and seemed to have the more polished practice of the three vying for the opening (Clint Furr and Korey Hall are the others in contention)… The secondary has taken advantage of many misled passes this spring, accounting for a hoard of INTs. Freshman CB Gerald Alexander had a good spring, accounting for many tackles and breakups on the outside. Hawkins says he is the best athlete in the secondary and must be on the field somehow. He'll be a stud in a couple of years.

Junior Tyler Jones is easing the loss of Nick Calaycay with soothing comfort. Jones has shown remarkable talent with his booming placements. He capped off his kicking fulfillment in the spring game with a pair of booming FGs from 48 and 58 yards… The kick return game looks to be in tact as David Mikell and freshman Quinton Jones give the Broncos two great options. Hawkins may opt to keep Mikell away from that post (if he gets a lot of carries at RB), but Jones is a more than worthy replacement, proving so by taking back a kick 95 yards for a score in the spring game. If both stand back deep, expect to see lightning in Boise. Tim Gilligan is a fearless PR, falling under the category of guys who "never call for a fair catch". Donny Heck is a special teams bandit to watch for.