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June 24, 2013

Top five offensive players coming out of spring practice

With Boise State's Spring practice all wrapped up and the Spring game in the rear view mirror, its time to take a look at the top 5 offensive players coming into fall camp and what impact they could have on the 2013 season.

Joe Southwick
It's hard enough being a quarterback of a top college football program, let alone following right behind one of the best college Quarterback's in college football history. Enter Joe Southwick 2012. Although Joe's opening game performance was against one of the most storied teams in the Big 10 (Michigan State) with deep tradition it seemed like there was something missing from Boise State's offense. For the first time in 5 years Boise States offense was stagnant against a fairly decent Michigan State Defense. Slowly over the incoming weeks Boise State fans started seeing signs of growth in its once potent offense, and resilience in the offense's leader.(Southwick) In the final 4 games of 2012 Joe Southwick amassed almost 900 yards through the air, and a 9 touchdown to 0 interception ratio equaling a 71% completion percentage. Southwicks spring game performance was also great completing 12/20 passes for just under 200 yards. If Southwick continues to build on last years momentum once again the Boise State offense could be back to full potency early on.

Jay Ajayi
It's no question after last years breakout freshman performance Jay Ajayi will be taking over the helm of the Bronco backfield. Coming of a 2012 season where he rushed 82 times for 548 yards and 4 Touchdowns was one of the best freshman performances in Boise States recent history. In the 2013 Blue and Orange Spring game Ajayi picked up right where he left off with a bruising performance carrying the ball 11 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ajayi has the skill set intensity and speed to potentially be one of the best backs in the nation this year as a sophomore. Ajayi also has an outstanding supporting cast as well in Jack Fields, Derrick Thomas, and Charles Bertoli. This great corp should be able to Soften Ajayi's load, keeping his legs freak all season. All eyes on Jay Ajayi in leading the deep corp. of talented backs for the Broncos in the fall of 2013.

Aaron Burks
Bronco fans caught a small glimpse last year of the speed and potential to stretch the field Aaron Burks had to offer, and its seems the soon to be senior wide receiver wanted to make a serious impression on his senior year on the Blue. After changing his Diet plan and putting on an extra 20 lbs. of muscle Aaron Burks looked like a different wide receiver coming out of the Blue and Orange spring game. Aaron led the corp of seasoned wide receivers catching just about every ball thrown his way. Aaron's speed is also improved with his condition. Being able stretch the field this season could be a fun thing to watch as Southwick and Burks continue to grow together. Look for Burks to have his best year yet, and take Bronco fans on the exciting ride of once again being able to enjoy some Play Action from this speedy receiver.

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Shane Williams-Rhodes
Shane Williams-Rhodes has the uncanny ability and agility to shake defenders right out of there uniforms. If defenders are not paying attention this year Williams-Rhodes will expose many defenses because of his quick attributes. In Shane's Freshman season ball handling was a little bit of a concern, but its seems the speedster had done a nice job working on that. Look for Shane's sophomore season to be an exciting one. Shane's ability also to play in multiple offensive formats will also be a key to using him in the Bronco offense. Look for Shane to make an immediate impact this season on the Bronco offense.

Gabe Linehan
Although Gabe Linehan did not play in the Spring game this year, Linehan will be a Welcome sight to Bronco fans come fall camp and Game 1. After suffering a season ending injury in 2012 look for Linehan to be back, Healthy, and ready to give defenses fits with his ability to get open and catch a well defended ball. Linehan is everything you would want for an offense in a prototypical Tight End. At 6-4 244 pounds his athletic ability certainly matches his size when it comes to getting open in the corner of the end zone. Look for Linehan to make it easy on quarterback Joe Southwick this year when it comes to the open option.

Players to Watch... Post spring

Geraldo Boldewign WR

Holden Huff TE

Derrick Thomas RB

Matt Paradis OL

Charles Leno OL

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