BOISE -- There's no question the Boise State football team will have some momentum heading into the 2011 season, their first in the Mountain West.
"Winning you're final game of the season is always big," said Boise State head coach Chris Petersen. "It's something you can really build off of going into off-season workouts."
The Broncos did just that on Wednesday defeating 19th ranked Utah 26-3 in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.
The game was also the last time the Broncos were going to have several crucial senior leaders on the field. Guys like Austin Pettis, Titus Young, Jeron Johnson, Ryan Winterswyk and many more will never again wear a Bronco uniform, which means it's time for some younger guys to step into the lime-light.
"You know there are going to be some guys that are going to be really really hard to replace, but I think we have some really good players coming back," said Petersen following BSU's bowl win. "We have some young talent that is going to have to step up and develop and I think it will be a good springboard into winter workouts and spring football."
Pete is likely talking about players like Kirby Moore, Geraldo Hiwatt and a host of other receivers, but the Broncos will need some help on the defensive side of the ball as well. George Iloka will likely step into the void left by Jeron Johnson and there are several choices for who could fill in for Winterswyk and Brandyn Thompson.
It's going to be an interesting off-season and unlike last season, there are going to be several new faces in key positions when the Broncos take on the University of Georgia come September.