Offensive Line - The Broncos return a wealth of experience on the offensive line with four returning starters, including two three-year starters and a potential All-American.
Junior Ryan Clady (6-6, 317) will anchor the offensive line at left tackle after finishing his sophomore year as a first-team All-WAC pick. Clady started as a freshman at right tackle, but didn’t miss a beat after moving to left tackle before his sophomore season. Clady earned All-America recognition last season and should be a candidate for All-America honors again this year. He was named to the Playboy All-America Team and to the Sporting News’ Preseason All-America First Team heading into the season. Backing up Clady heading into the fall is freshman Nate Potter (6-6, 273) who gray shirted last season for the Broncos before joining the team in January.
The right tackle position may see it’s fourth starter in as many years. Senior Dan Gore (6-5, 296), who moved to the offensive line early last season after playing defensive line for three seasons, will most likely inherit the job from Andrew Woodruff (6-3, 328) who took over before last season when Clady was moved to left tackle. Woodruff started all 13 Boise State games at right tackle last year after moving from guard after his freshman season. Woodruff is probably headed back to guard after center Paul Lucariello suffered a season-ending knee injury in spring practice that forced Bronco coaches to shuffle offensive line positions. Freshman Matt Slater (6-5, 269) will serve as one of the backups at right tackle.
At guard, Boise State returns a three-year starter along with Woodruff. Senior Tad Miller (6-4, 296) has held down the left guard position since he was a freshman and will once again play next to Clady. Junior Jon Gott (6-3, 286) and freshman Kevin Sapien (6-4, 267) serve as one of Miller’s backups.
At right guard, Woodruff looks to be the man heading into fall camp. He will start at guard unless Pete Cavender (6-2, 293), who missed last season with an injury but started part-time as a freshman and full-time as sophomore, can return to full strength and win a starting job. In that case, Woodruff would be shifted back to tackle. Senior Jeff Biedermann (6-3, 293) and sophomore Ben Iannacchione (6-3, 284) also back up at guard.
Senior Jeff Cavender (6-2, 287) is headed back to start at center, where he started as a sophomore. Last season Cavender earned second-team All-WAC honors playing right guard where he began spring practice as a starter. Cavender, who started his freshman season at right tackle, has to return to center after Lucariello (6-4, 273) suffered an injury in the first scrimmage of spring practice that will force him to miss the 2007 season. Lucariello was scheduled to start at center until the injury. Freshman Mitch Rudder (6-2, 281) will back up Cavender.
A slew of incoming freshmen will look to make their mark when fall camp starts. Zach Waller (6-5, 280) will start his career at tackle, Cory Yriarte (6-1, 290) and Garrett Pendergast (6-3, 275) will play guard and Thomas Byrd (6-0, 290) will play center.