The Broncos said goodbye to a pair of players during the offseason. They lost both Marcus Henry and Rees Odhiambo to the NFL, with the Saints taking Henry and the Seahawks taking Odhiambo. With that said, the team feels that they have enough players returning to be a force to be reckoned with come fall. They hope to be one of the best units in the Mountain West.
On the offensive line, the Broncos have four returners that saw eight games last year. For this year’s fall camp, it doesn’t look like depth will be a factor.
"We have a bunch of veterans on our line and we've been practicing well together and we've been together for a long time and meshing well it’s whats practice is all about." said Senior Offensive Lineman Travis Averill.
In the offseason, the team added Will Adams. He hails from the SEC. With his help and the other players, their main objective will be to make a bigger hole for Running Back Jeremy Mcnichols to run through.
“He [Adams] makes us look good. We’re trying to, obviously, make the holes big for him [Mcnichols] but he is finding holes that are small and making big plays out of them. He’s a great back.” Averill commented.
For the wideouts, it was “The Thomas Sperbeck Show” last season. He lead the group with eight touchdowns and averaged over a hundred yards a game. For this year, senior receiver Chaz Anderson hopes that Sperbeck won’t be the only wideout to find the endzone.
“We’re building a lot of depth and we’re getting strength in numbers in the receiver room. So that’s something that we have been practicing so that there’s not going to be a drop-off.” said Senior Wide Receiver Chaz Anderson.
As far as defense goes, depth is not in favor of BSU. Six freshmen could be seeing playing time. With that said, Senior Defensive Tackle Elliot Hoyte says it’s not all a bad thing.
“With the young guys, we let them know from the start that we have to keep them accountable. You’ve come here for a reason. You’re here to play and you need to do the right thing. We hold those guys accountable but we don’t treat them any differently from the older guys. Everyone on this D-Line has to be accountable this year.” Said Hoyte.
The Broncos will take to the field tomorrow for just a solo practice. That practice will also be closed to the media. The countdown to kickoff is 28 days left to wait for the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.