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Boise State
2004 Season | Team Page
Jared Zabransky
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The Lowdown 2005 Schedule
Coach: Dan Hawkins (5th season, 447)
2004 record: 11-1 (Lost to Louisville in Liberty Bowl)
WAC finish: 8-0 (1st)
2004 I-A offensive rankings:
Rushing: 14th (229.8 ypg)
Passing: 20th (262.8 ypg)
2004 I-A defensive rankings:
Rushing: 10th (103.9 ypg)
Passing: 99th (253.9 ypg)
Date Opponent
Sept. 3at Georgia
Sept. 10at Oregon State
Sept. 21Bowling Green
Oct. 1at Hawaii
Oct. 8Portland State
Oct. 15San Jose State
Oct. 22at Utah State
Oct. 29Nevada
Nov. 5New Mexico State
Nov. 12at Fresno State
Nov. 19Idaho
Nov. 26at Louisiana Tech
Depth Chart: Offense
8 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
WR11Drisan JamesJr.32Vinny PerrettaFr.
WR81Cole ClasenSr.4Legedu NaaneeJr.
LT73Daryn ColledgeSr.79Ryan CladyFr.
LG66Tad MillerSo.72Tony VolponiJr.
C69Jadon DaileyJr.50Joe WiegandJr.
RG64Pete CavenderSo.67Andrew WoodruffFr.
RT54Jeff CavenderSo.71Ryan KeatingJr.
TE91Derek SchoumanJr.39Ryan PutnamSo.
QB5Jared ZabranskyJr.3Bush HamdanFr.
FB34Brad LauJr.33Jon HelmandollarSo.
TB17Lee MarksSr.33Jon HelmandollarSo.
Depth Chart: Defense
8 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
DE96Mike G. WilliamsJr.93Mike T. WilliamsFr.
DT57Andrew BrowningJr.75Dan GoreSo.
DT99Alex GuerreroSr.97Nick SchlekewaySo.
DE74Mike DominguezJr.58Tim VolkJr.
WLB55Chris BarriosSr.56Josh BeanSo.
MLB25Korey HallJr.56Josh BeanSo.
SLB31Colt BrooksJr.38Ben ChuckovichSr.
CB18Gerald AlexanderJr.43Chad McKibbenJr.
CB23Quinton JonesJr.6Rashaun ScottSo.
ROV37Austin SmithSo.20Marty TadmanSo.
FS27Cam HallSr.14Marcosus Le BlancJr.
Special Teams
Ps. No. Player Yr.
K42Kyle StringerJr.
P42Kyle StringerJr.
KR23Quinton JonesJr.
PR37Austin SmithSo.

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Each year, the Boise State football program sets the bar higher. And each year, the Broncos clear it.

The bar gets even higher in 2005 -- with the team setting a goal of finishing in the top five nationally and appearing in a Bowl Championship Series game for the first time in school history. The Broncos are 36-3 over the past three seasons with three Top 15 finishes in the Coaches' poll, three WAC championships and 26 straight conference wins.

The Broncos return 16 starters this season, including eight from the offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring.

"Our best days are still ahead of us as an offense," fifth-year offensive coordinator Chris Petersen said.

OFFENSE

Quarterback Jared Zabransky accounted for 29 total touchdowns last season with his passing and running. He completed 63 percent of his passes and was named to the All-WAC second team. Yet coach Dan Hawkins rates his quarterback's performance a 6.5, with 10 being Zabransky's full potential. That's how much room for growth the Broncos' coaching staff sees in a quarterback whose athletic ability compensated for his unpolished passing and inexperience running the offense.

The ground game should be impressive again. The running back by committee produced 230 yards per game and a school-record 49 touchdowns last season.

Three starting offensive linemen return, including first-team All-WAC pick, left tackle Daryn Colledge. Tailback Lee Marks, at just 5-foot-7, 181 pounds, is a joy to watch. He slashes through openings that don't appear to exist.

Two of the top three wideouts were seniors last year, and only one returning wideout had more than 13 catches. Junior Drisan James must develope consistency to realize his full potential. If he does, he could be a star.

The rest of the production will come from a group that includes Vinny Perretta, a redshirt freshman who walked on last fall and earned a scholarship; senior Cole Clasen, a transfer from Oregon State; converted quarterback Legedu Naanee; junior college transfer Jerard Rabb; and returning reserves Chris Christopher, Josh Smith and Jason Murray.

The Broncos also hope they can count on junior tight end Derek Schouman, who owns the middle of the field when healthy.

DEFENSE

The Broncos' defense starts with the tackles. The tandem of senior Alex Guerrero and junior Andrew Browning didn't get the credit it deserved last year. Neither made the All-WAC first or second team.

Junior Mike G. Williams will start at one defensive end spot for the third straight year, with the other side open to competition.

Junior middle linebacker Korey Hall, an All-WAC first-teamer last year, becomes the centerpiece of the defense. Junior Colt Brooks returns on the strong side and a long list of contenders will try to replace team leader and weak-side linebacker Andy Avalos.

The secondary has the most question marks. Junior Gerald Alexander needs to develop into an all-league player at cornerback, senior safety Cam Hall needs to have a breakout year, sophomore safeties Austin Smith and Marty Tadman need to prove they can take a physical pounding and someone must replace four-year starting cornerback Gabe Franklin.

SPECIALISTS

Junior kicker/punter Kyle Stringer and freshman kicker Jameson Davis will try to replace All-American kicker Tyler Jones. Stringer was an All-WAC second-teamer as a punter in '04. His power and hang time make him a national honors candidate this year.

FINAL ANALYSIS

The Broncos face their most difficult schedule ever -- five bowl winners, two BCS conference teams and six road games in five different time zones.

They open with games at Georgia and Oregon State, and a home contest with Bowling Green. All three teams won bowl games last year. The Broncos also play at bowl winners Fresno State and Hawaii in WAC play, and at WAC contender Louisiana Tech.

"I think it really behooves all of us not to rest on our laurels," said Hawkins, who is 44-7 in four seasons.

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