2009 Football Preview - Secondary

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Secondary: The Boise State secondary is expected to be one of the team’s biggest strengths this season with a group that returns four out of five starters from a year ago. The returning group is full of athletic play-makers, which grabbed 17 of Boise State’s 22 interceptions in 2008.

      Boise State returns its top two cornerbacks from last season, which includes senior standout Kyle Wilson (5-10, 187), who was named First-Team All-WAC as a junior after recording 35 tackles, 26 of which were unassisted. Wilson led the Broncos with five interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He tied for 18th in the nation with 15 passes defended. He also ranked 28th nationally (No. 2 WAC) in interceptions.

      Boise State also returns junior Brandyn Thompson (5-10, 178) at cornerback, who recorded 54 tackles in 2008. Thompson grabbed four interceptions on the season, three of which came against Hawai’i. He ranks second in school history for most interceptions in a single game.

      Sophomore Jamar Taylor (6-0, 191) and senior Garcia Day (6-1, 199) are also expected to give valuable depth at cornerback. Taylor played in all 13 games for the Broncos last season, recording 24 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup. Day recorded three tackles in 2008, seeing playing time primarily on special teams.

      The Bronco secondary will also rely on the return of two starting safeties to provide stability on the defensive side of the ball. Junior Jeron Johnson (5-11, 190) led the Broncos last season with 98 tackles. He also recorded three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, seven pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss en route to being named Second-Team All-WAC.

      Sophomore George Iloka (6-3, 210) also played in all 13 games in 2008. He finished the year fourth on the team in tackles (63) and tied for second in interceptions (4). Iloka also recorded six pass breakups on the year.

      Rounding out the Bronco secondary will be junior Winston Venable (6-0, 206) and sophomore Doug Martin (5-10, 204). Venable joins the Broncos as a transfer from Glendale Community College. Martin is transitioning from running back this year. He saw most of his time on special times last season, but did carry the football 24 times for 107 yards as a freshman.

      Boise State is also expecting sophomores Cedric Febis (6-3, 195) and Travis Stanaway (5-11, 183) to provide depth at the safety position. Febis played in seven games last season, registering four tackles. Stanaway recorded 13 tackles and a pass breakup, playing in 12 games primarily on special teams.