Spring 2011 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers
provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real
world of college football.
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Throw More?
Boise State's Move To The Mountain West Matter?
Have Things Changed At Colorado Under Jon Embree?
California's Next Superstar?
Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready?
Q: How much does the move to the Mountain West really matter when it comes to Boise State's attitude?
From Kevin Hiatt, BroncoCountry.com … I don't think they even notice. The fall preparation will be different because of different teams and different locations, but at this stage it's just business as usual. That's how the Broncos have had so much success … the system in place is the same regardless of personnel or opponent. It's about themselves, especially at this point. Beyond that, expectations have grown beyond Conference play. I expect Georgia to be the focus for the summer, for a plethora of reasons, (former beatdown between the hedges, rankings, potential BCS implications, etc.) as once again the Broncos start the year with a make or break game right out of the gate.
Q: Who's going to replace Austin Pettis and Titus Young?
I Wish I knew. At this point, that's by far the big question. There are capable candidates, and Tyler Shoemaker has been a very reliable third option for two years, plus Kellen Moore's brother Kirby is coming off a redshirt year where he finally got healthy; obviously he's got some chemistry with the QB. As for replacing Titus as a deep threat, Amsterdam native Geraldo Hiwat has the speed and great size, (6'3, 4.40 40 time), but there's also three returning backups at WR who played last year (Chris Potter, Aaron Burks and Mitch Burroughs). The staff added a very highly regarded recruit off redshirt, (Matt Miller, who had offers from four Pac-10 teams plus an SEC and ACC team) and we add a greyshirt to the mix who has impressed quite a bit early in Troy Ware.
Q: What's the one big thing you're looking for this spring?
Who steps up at receiver and safety? We're pretty much set everywhere else, but WR and S are the 2 spots where we've got flux. Big time recruits are expected to shine at both, (at S, Jeremy Ioane signed with Boise State last year over Notre Dame and Washington, and newcomer Dextrell Simmons starred at Blinn, who plays a very high level of JC ball) and WR I've already gone over. But on paper is one thing; it's how they perform on the field that matters.