Wide Receivers: The Boise State receiving corps will rely on two explosive players to help lead the most inexperienced skilled position heading into this season. The Broncos are looking to replace four of their top five receivers, 52.3 percent of their receptions and 40 percent of their receiving touchdowns from 2008.
Junior Austin Pettis (6-3, 200) is Boise State’s top returning receiver. He is coming off a sophomore season in which he caught 49 passes for 567 yards and nine touchdowns. His efforts earned him Second Team All-WAC honors. Pettis’ nine touchdowns tied for second most in a single season in school history. He has caught 90 passes for 1031 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.
Pettis will be joined by junior Titus Young (5-11, 167), who returns to the field after playing in just three games in 2008. As a freshman, Young was one of the most explosive players on the field and is expected to impact the offense in numerous ways. In limited action last year he caught 10 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. In his freshman season he caught 44 passes for 639 yards and five scores. He caught at least one pass in all 13 games as a freshman, while leading the Broncos in yards per catch (14.5).
Sophomore Tyler Shoemaker (6-1, 214) enters the season with the third most experience of the Boise State receivers. He caught seven passes for 110 yards, averaging 15.7 yards per catch as a freshman. He also caught two touchdown passes on the season. Shoemaker’s biggest game of the season came against Idaho State when he scored touchdowns on 56 and 17-yard receptions.
Boise State will look for depth at the receiver position from redshirt freshmen Mitch Burroughs (5-9, 194) and Chris Potter (5-11, 165). Burroughs was named Boise State’s Offensive Scout Player of the Year in 2008. Senior Michael Choate (6-0, 194) and freshman Aaron Burks (6-3, 178) should also compete for playing time.
Tight End: Boise State returns all three of its’ tight ends from the 2008 season in Brockel, junior Tommy Gallarda (6-5, 250) and sophomore Kyle Efaw (6-4, 232). Both Gallarda and Efaw saw the field in all 13 games last year, providing offensive versatility as blockers and receivers.
Gallarda finished the year with six catches for 65 yards. He also scored two touchdowns on the season. Gallarda’s longest reception of the year came against Fresno State on a 16-yard touchdown grab.Efaw led the tight end group in receptions last year, catching 17 passes for 262 yards. He averaged 15.4 yards per catch and 20.2 receiving yards per game. Efaw’s longest reception of the season was for 34 yards in Boise State’s win at Oregon.