BOISE -- The Broncos have released their depth chart for the team's season opening game against Michigan State. With junior Joe Southwick winning the starting quarterback job, Charles Leno will slide to left tackle while Jake Broyles gets the nod on the far right side of the line. Here is the two-deep on offense. The starters are in bold.
2 - Matt Miller, R-Sophomore, 6-3, 215 18 - Aaron Burks, R-Junior
#7SportsInsider: Miller set freshman school records in receptions (62), yards (679) and touchdown catches (9). This year he says he is strong and faster. He will be the go-to-guy.
Burks had a nice spring game pulling down three passes for 35 yards, including two tough grabs over the middle. After just six catches last year, he will be a factor this season.
20 - Mitch Burroughs, R-Senior, 5-9, 193
83 - Troy Ware, F-Freshman, 6-2, 195
#7SportsInsider: Burroughs caught 49 passes for 500 yards last season, both of which ranked third on the Broncos. In the spring game he showed he has a nice report with quarterback Joe Southwick. With Miller out, Burroughs posted seven receptions for 70 yards and a score.
Ware is full of potential and after redshirting last year, we will finally get to see it on display.
34 - Kirby Moore, R-Junior, 6-2, 203
3 - Chris Potter, R-Senior, 5-9, 159
#7SportsInsider: Moore is coming off a season his which he caught 22 passes for 247 yards. He will have an opportunity to contribute even more this fall.
Potter is coming off an injury plagued season. He missed three games and only caught 11 passes for 105 yards. He should have a bounce back year. Coach Petersen said he is excited to see what Potter can do this season.
78 - Charles Leno, Jr., R-Junior, 6-4, 294
75 - Faraji Wright, R-Senior, 6-3, 300
#7SportsInsider: Leno has had a dominate fall camp - as expected. As he shifts to left tackle this season and I believe he will follow in the footsteps of Ryan Clady and Nate Potter and become all-conference there.
Wright had the chance to win the starting left tackle position. But the Broncos have decided to bump Leno over to the other side of the line with Jake Broyles starting at right tackle. Sill, expect Wright to see the field in some capacity, as the Broncos have pointed out they can rotate guys on the line if need be.
61 - Joe Kellogg, R-Senior, 6-3, 305
72 - Marcus Henry, R-Freshman, 6-3, 297
#7SportsInsider: Kellogg started 11 of the 12 games he played in last year and was picked at a preseason All-MWC player.
Henry caught my eye numerous times during fall camp. Kellogg may be the present, but Henry is the future.
65 - Matt Paradis, R-Junior, 6-3, 289
77 - Spencer Gerke, R-Junior, 6-3, 296
#7SportsInsider: Paradis won the starting job after sixth-year senior Corey Yiarte decided to hang em up. Coach Petersen is high on him.
Gerke played in every game last season and has experience. He is a nice option to have as a backup and can slide over and play guard as well.
54 - Michael Ames, R-Senior, 6-4, 293
64 - Brenel Myers, R-Senior, 6-3, 282
#7SportsInsider: Ames played in seven games last year, but has not started a game since his redshirt freshman year.
Myers has served as a backup most of his career. He played in eight games last year, 11 the year before, and six as a redshirt freshman.
76 - Jake Broyles, R-Junior, 6-5, 290
67 - Rees Odhiambo, R-Freshman, 6-4, 297
#7SportsInsider: Broyles cracked the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore last season. It lasted just three games though as an injury against Tulsa cut his season short. This year he moves from right guard to right tackle, a task he seemed to win during the final days of camp.
Odhiambo redshirted last season and he could be the third option as right tackle. Two weeks ago it appeared Leno would start here with Wright getting the nod at left tackle.
87 - Gabe Linehan, R-Junior, 6-4, 241
88 - Chandler Koch, R-Senior, 6-2, 246
85 - Holden Huff, R-Freshman, 6-5, 213
#7SportsInsider: Linehan gets thrust into a starting role, an opportunity he says he welcomes. He aims to show his versatility so the Boise State offensive does not tip whether it is a run or a pass call because he his in the game.
Koch is listed as or meaning, either he or Linehan will get the nod in a game-time decision. Koch is a versatile guy and will see the field regardless, even filling in at fullback at times.
The backup to these two is Huff, who has had as nice a fall camp as anybody.
16 - Joe Southwick, R-Junior, 6-1, 187
9 - Grant Hedrick, R-Sophomore, 6-0, 192
14 - Jimmy Laughrea, R-Freshman, 6-1, 200
#7SportsInsider: Southwick won the start job. His competitiveness, leadership and knowledge for the game seemed to be the difference-maker.
Coach Petersen said Hedrick is slightly ahead of Laughrea for backup duties, while he would like to be able to redshirt true freshman Nick Patti.
7 - D.J. Harper, R-Senior, 5-9, 205
39 - Drew Wright, R-Senior, 5-9, 203
#7SportsInsider: Harper is no doubt the go-to-guy. If he can stay healthy and get between 15 and 20 touches a game, he will have a monster season.
Wright is the backup. His experience in that roll is important. However, there are talented (and more explosive) freshman that figure to push him for playing time as well.
47 - Dan Paul, R-Senior, 6-1, 262
88 - Chandler Koch, R-Senior, 6-2, 246
#7SportsInsider: Paul is back after missing all of last season with an injury. He is a versatile guy and a true fullback. His presence will certainly help in short yardage situations.
Koch will see time here, as he has in the past.