Bronco Football's Youth Movement
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University football team has two new coordinators this season, and the duo has quite a bit in common: each served as a graduate assistant at Boise State earlier in their careers; each played college football; and each is one of the top young college coaches in the country.

There are only five collegiate coordinators, offensive or defensive, that are younger than 30. Bryan Harsin and Justin Wilcox, both 29, are two of the five

Harsin is in his sixth year as a member of the Bronco football staff, after serving as tight ends coach from 2002-05 and as a graduate assistant in 2001. Harsin, who is one of only two offensive coordinators in the country under the age of 30, attributes his early success to being in the right place at the right time

“I just think it’s opportunity in this business,” Harsin said. “(The position) came up. I had worked with Pete and he felt comfortable with it. Knowing the system, Pete gave me the opportunity and we’ll see how it goes.”

Wilcox returns to Boise State after spending the last three seasons serving as linebackers coach at the University of California. Prior to his stint with the Golden Bears, Wilcox served as a Bronco graduate assistant from 2001-02. Wilcox, who is one of only three defensive coordinators in the country under the age of 30, attributes his early success to his coaches.

“I have been fortunate to be around a lot of really good people who are also really good coaches,” Wilcox said. “I have been really lucky to be around those people. I don’t think about the age thing too much.”

Although both coaches feel lucky to be where they are, Head Coach Chris Petersen feels even luckier to have them on his staff.

“Those guys are going an awesome job,” Petersen said. “They’re coaching their brains out and the kids are responding to them.”

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