BOISE -- It is understandable for Bronco Nation to wonder what the next football season will bring, now that nearly two dozen seniors graduated in the past year.
Getting a new quarterback, and replacing half of the defensive line is sure to cause some doubt, but one position that head coach Chris Petersen and Bronco fans should not lose any sleep over is on the offensive line.
Four starters will return to the blue in the spring. The only replacement will be Faraji Wright. He will replace Nate Potter, the Timberline High School grad, who is now also a Boise State grad.
The proof is in the statistics. Take a look at the following list of players, all of whom have playing time as they return:
- Joe Kellog and Charles Leno Jr. are the anchors with 24 starts between the two of them
- Jake Broyles started three games last year
- Center Cory Yriarte is back with eight starts under his belt
- Faraji Wright, played in ten games last year
This line is experienced, and they want to win.
"They set it up here where we compete. Everything is a competition, even in the weight room when we divide up into our racks. It's all competition. Everybody wants to win. Because you want the dude to go as hard as he can because that's the only way you're going to get better. Just competing," said Faraji Wright, BSU senior offensive lineman.
The offensive line will also get some blocking help from the Bronco backfield. Fullback Dan Paul will be back this year from injury, and runningback D.J. Harper is also back.
We can count on the offensive line's experience to block whoever the new Bronco quarterback turns out to be.