Position Previews - Tight Ends

     Boise State returns a balanced group of tight ends in 2010 that the Broncos will look to utilize in a variety of ways. Senior Tommy Gallarda (6-5, 249) and junior Kyle Efaw (6-4, 229) both return a world of experience and also provide a great deal of versatility in what they bring to the offense.

    Gallarda has excelled as a blocking tight end but has shown his capabilities as a receiving threat as well. In 2009 he caught just nine passes but did have four of them go for touchdowns. Gallarda's biggest receiving performance last season came against Tulsa when he had two touchdowns on three receptions.

     Efaw has developed into more of a consistent passing target for Kellen Moore over the last couple seasons. He finished his sophomore year ranked third on the team in receptions with 31 grabs. He tallied 444 receiving yards and found the end zone once. His biggest catch of the season came on special teams, however, when Efaw helped convert a 29-yard fake-punt pass completion on fourth-and-nine, which led to Boise State's game winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl. For his game changing efforts, Efaw was named Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl.

     Also competing for playing time this season will be senior Sean King (6-3, 240), sophomore Chandler Koch (6-2, 244) and freshman Gabe Linehan (6-3, 213). King played sparingly in 2009, seeing action in four games primarily on special teams. Koch played in 10 games for Boise State as a freshman, but also saw most of his time on the special teams unit. Koch did record two catches for 17 yards. Linehan redshirted last season for the Broncos.


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