Offensive Line: For the second consecutive season Boise State’s offense will run on the productivity of its’ young offensive line. Not only did the Broncos lose two starters from 2008, but they will also be looking to a group of players made up of six underclassmen and no seniors.
Fortunately for the Broncos, youth doesn’t necessarily mean inexperience. Boise State has four offensive linemen who played in at least 12 games last season and will be called upon to carry the load in 2009. That group helped lead a Bronco offense that averaged 288.5 passing yards and 152.3 rushing yards per game last season. Boise State also allowed the least amount of sacks in the WAC (13).
On the left side of the O-line, junior Matt Slater (6-4, 289) and sophomore Garrett Pendergast (6-4, 288) should share playing time at the tackle position. Slater played in all 13 games as a sophomore, while Pendergast served in three games as a backup guard. At left guard sophomore Cory Yriarte (6-1, 284) and freshman Joe Kellogg (6-2, 301) should fight for time throughout the season.Sophomore Thomas Byrd (5-11, 282) returns this season after starting all of last year at center for the Broncos. He will be joined on the right side of the line by juniors Kevin Sapien (6-4, 272) and Will Lawrence (6-2, 291), who will be looking for playing time at guard. Sapien played in 12 games as a sophomore. At right tackle, sophomore Nate Potter (6-6, 281) and freshman Michael Ames (6-4, 267) will compete for the starting spot. Potter started at tackle part-time as a freshman, seeing action in 12 games.