2009 Football Preview - Special Teams

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SPECIAL TEAMS 

      Kickers: Junior Kyle Brotzman (5-10, 191) returns for his third consecutive season as Boise State’s starting place-kicker. The Broncos voted Brotzman co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008 after making all 50 of his point after attempts and 17-of-26 field goal tries. Brotzman has never missed a PAT during his collegiate career (116). He has also made 75 percent of his career field goal attempts.

      Brotzman will be backed up by freshman Jimmy Pavel (5-9, 214), who redshirt last season for the Broncos. Pavel is expected to provide some kick-off relief for Brotzman this year. 

      

       Punters: Brotzman is also expected to be called upon to handle the bulk of the punting duties once again, after averaging 45.3 yards per punt in 2008. He recorded 1,673 yards on 37 punts last season. Brotzman also successfully downed 14 punts inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line. His career long is 75 yards.

      Junior Brad Elkin (6-2, 202) will be competing for playing time with Brotzman. He punted 10 times in four games for the Broncos last season. Elkin averaged 40.2 yards per punt as a sophomore. 

      Snappers: Freshman James Crawford (6-1, 209) will handle Boise State’s long snapping duties on special teams this season after redshirting for the Broncos last year. 

      Kick Returners: The Broncos’ top-two kick returns from last season return again this year in Avery and Martin. Avery averaged 23.9 yards per kick return last season. His longest return was 42 yards. Martin also returned 10 kicks for 223 yards in 2008. 

      Punt Returners: Wilson will try and bring as much of a punt return threat in 2009 as he did during his junior season. He averaged 14.2 yards per return and returned three punts for touchdowns last year. He finished the season with the most punt return touchdowns in the nation. He also ranked 12th in the country for punt return average. Wilson was named Second-Team All-WAC as a specialist.

      The Broncos are also expecting to give some punt return duties to Burroughs and Potter.