OT Ryan Clady

2006 Statistics

Coach: Chris Petersen
13-0, 1 year
2006 Record: 13-0
at Wyoming WON 17-10
at Utah WON 36-3
at New Mexico State WON 40-28
at Idaho WON 42-26
at San Jose State WON 23-20
at Nevada WON 38-7
Oklahoma WON 43-42 (OT)

2006 Final Rankings
AP-5, Coaches-6, BCS-8

2007 Outlook

Now the five-time defending WAC champ, the Boise State Broncos are on top of the world after shocking Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime of the BCS Fiesta Bowl to cap a 13-0 season and a school-best No.5 ranking in the final AP poll. Second-year head coach Chris Petersen evidently knew what he was doing after taking over for departed spread innovator Dan Hawkins - the Bronco’s former offensive coordinator oversaw the construction and running of the No.10 offense and No.14 defense en route to the only undefeated campaign in the school’s brief 11 year I-A history. The key difference seemed to be a step up in the defensive effort as they allowed only two foes to go over 30 points and held five to 10 or less. With only four defensive starters back, carrying over that stopping edge will be tough and Petersen’s biggest test to date with the modest recruiting classes seen in this far away land. The running defense is really the main focus with the decimated line, but the LBs look solid for run support to ease the transition. The four non-conference opponents to start will be a good test to see how far team developments still need to come. Then trips to Fresno and (especially) Hawai’i will dictate the conference winner. Regardless, Boise’s schedule is again stacked for them to make an undefeated run. All eyes will be on the “smurf turf” to see if the Broncos can continue their assault on the conservative workings of I-A college football (BCS) and extend both the nation’s longest winning streak (13) and Boise’s place amongst the best of the good ole boys.

Projected 2007 record: 11-1
QB - 3 DL - 3.5
RB - 4.5 LB - 3
WR - 3 DB - 3
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Taylor Tharp, 11-13-1, 88 yds., 1 TD

Rushing: Ian Johnson, 277 att., 1713 yds., 25 TD

Receiving: Vinny Perretta, 17 rec., 124 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Ian Johnson, 25 TD, 1 2-pt. conv., 152 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: None

Tackles: Marty Tadman, 53 tot., 39 solo

Sacks: Mike T. Williams, 4 sacks

Interceptions: Marty Tadman, 6 for 176 yds., 2 TD

Kickoff Returns: Rashaun Scott, 8 ret., 20.1 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Marty Tadman, 16 ret., 8.9 avg., 0 TD


OG Jeff Cavender
OFFENSE: Jared Zabransky-QB, Brad Lau-FB, Brett Denton-RB, Jerard Rabb-WR, Legedu Naance-WR, Drisan James-WR, Derek Schouman-TE, Jadon Dailey-C, Anthony Montgomery-K
DEFENSE: Dennis Ellis-DT, Andrew Browning-DT, Mike G. Williams-DE, Colt Brooks-SLB, Korey Hall-MLB, Quinton Jones-CB, Gerald Alexander-S, Kyle Stringer-P

Second year coordinator Bryan Harsin may only be 30, but the alum proved with last year’s No.2 scoring offense in the nation that he has the pedigree to help Boise get back to dominating offensively. The key will obviously be who emerges from the preseason QB competition and how good that person becomes. All of the candidates are somewhat rough and inexperienced, but that hasn’t stopped the Broncos before from finding diamonds amongst their no-frills recruits. Senior Taylor Tharp set prep records in Colorado and has the inside track, though guys like 6’6 Nick Lomax (son of Neil), who is only a sophomore, and incoming three-star recruit Kellen Moore are the future of the program and will likely see real game reps regardless to break them in for ’08 and beyond. You can bet this offense will still go full throttle with All-American RB Ian Johnson back for his junior year. I-A’s top scorer and its No.2 back (yards per game) is sure to have another great year between the tackles, and look for senior FB Michael Lose to finally get the starting nod to guarantee Johnson holes through which to run. Also assuring this is the return of the entire starting line except their center, where mobile sophomore Paul Lucariello should fit in nicely. The new QB(s) should have plenty of time to find his/their groove. Newly-promoted reserves Jeremy Childs and Vinny Perretta returning make losing all three top receivers less impacting, as does having experienced senior TE Ryan Putnam start to fill the hole there. Coach Petersen is the ex-coordinator, a huge reason to believe why this offense should keep steaming forward even with so much turnover.


RB Ian Johnson


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Taylor Tharp-Sr (6-2, 210) Bush Hamdan-Jr (6-1, 196)
FB Michael Lose-Sr (5-10, 227) Jon Helmandollar-Sr (5-11, 215)
RB Ian Johnson-Jr (5-11, 194) Jeremy Avery-Fr (5-9, 161)
WR Jeremy Childs-So (6-0, 184) Toshi Franklin-Jr (6-1, 178)
Julian Hawkins-Jr (6-3, 231)
WR Vinny Perretta-Jr (5-9, 194) Tanyon Bissell-Jr (5-10, 189)
Aiona Key-So (6-4, 194)
TE Ryan Putnam-Sr (6-2, 244) Sherm Blaser-Sr (6-3, 247)
Richie Brockel-So (6-2, 247)
OT Ryan Clady-Jr (6-6, 319) Nate Potter-Fr (6-6, 285)
OG Tad Miller-Sr (6-4, 304) Jon Gott-Jr (6-3, 294)
C Jeff Cavender-Sr (6-2, 286) Mitch Rudder-Fr (6-2, 292)
OG Andrew Woodruff-Jr (6-3, 331) Pete Cavender-Sr (6-2, 293)
OT Dan Gore-Sr (6-5, 300) Matt Slater-Fr (6-5, 240)
K Kyle Brotzman-Fr (5-10, 172) ..



Only returning four starters on this side of the ball is much more of a concern. Last year’s 14th-ranked total defense was the reason BSU finished undefeated – think about it…the only way a WAC team can beat a team like Oklahoma when allowing them even a generous 42 points is with a top 15 D. One good sign is that junior Mike T. Williams looks like an upgrade at end, and classmates Phillip Edwards and Joe Bozikovich have shown enough inside to amply fill both starting holes there. This may not be a dominant run defense right away, but there is potential for it to be as good as the last class. The key defensive component hardest to replace will be WAC Defensive Player of the Year Korey Hall at MLB – senior Calgary-native Josh Bean is just as athletic and need only get used to starting before he excels there, too. Juniors David Shields and Kyle Gingg will battle for the start at WILL, with the one not chosen sure to challenge Tim Brady for the SAM spot. The corps is well-sized and fast, and they will be the biggest reason the Bronco’s swarming style of defense works. When the secondary again works well, you won’t be able to miss all-WAC second-team safety Marty Tadman, a heady player who has great intuition so he always seems to be around (or in on) the tackle. Junior Ellis Powers has experience at the open safety job, but a starter won’t be named there until late summer. The corners look solid after the great showing by Kyle Wilson as just a freshman last year. Depth on the outside also looks good. Powerhouse passing offense Hawai’i luckily comes at season’s end to give the back seven time to re-gel. Whether this is a top 50 defense – like it was from 2003-05 – or a top 15 defense like last year will be the difference between Boise making the BCS again or not.


DB Marty Tadman


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Nick Schlekeway-Sr (6-4, 262) Sean Bingham-Jr (6-3, 254)
DT Joe Bozikovich-Jr (6-1, 295) Sione Tavake-Sr (6-1, 270)
DT Ian Smart-Sr (6-3, 278) Phil Edwards-Jr (6-4, 277)
DE Mike T. Williams-Jr (6-4, 238) Ryan Winterswyk-Fr (6-4, 230)
OLB Tim Brady-Jr (6-1, 221) Garrett Tuggle-Jr (6-1, 225)
MLB David Shields-Jr (6-1, 225) Derrell Acrey-Fr (6-2, 235)
OLB Kyle Gingg-Jr (5-11, 215) Dallas Dobbs-Jr (6-2, 225)
CB Orlando Scandrick-Jr (5-11, 187) Cade Hulbert-So (5-10, 165)
CB Kyle Wilson-So (5-10, 186) Rashaun Scott-Sr (5-10, 194)
S Austin Smith-Sr (5-9, 173) Jason Robinson-Fr (6-0, 185)
S Marty Tadman-Sr (5-11, 182) Jeron Johnson-Fr (5-11, 190)
P Kyle Brotzman-Fr (5-10, 172) Brad Elkin-Fr (6-3, 188)




It is an open competition for both kicking spots – the Brotzman brothers, Bryon and Kyle, will have to hold off newbie Brad Elkin. The good news with the turnover is that Boise might now be able to make a field goal loner than 40 yards, which was last years best effort. Tadman and senior backup corner Rashaun Scott handle the punt and kick returns well, but other speedsters exist that will see chances at each.