January 12, 2007

And for the encore

The dust has yet to settle from the monumental win in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the Boise State football team.

The parade hasn't happened.

The team hasn't even met.

However, it's never too early too look ahead to what is in store for 2007.

Losing almost two-dozen seniors is devastating, but the Broncos are returning a bulk of talent from many important positions, including 11 full-time starters.

This offseason will be crucial for the Broncos and head coach Chris Petersen. Coming off an undefeated season, it will be paramount to see how the quarterback situation unfolds and how media darling Ian Johnson handles all of the hype following tens of millions people now knowing Boise State for more than a blue field.

The breakdown will look at every position from a very early perspective.

Quarterback:

This may be the most intriguing question mark this offseason for Boise State.

Jared Zabransky leaves a legacy few may ever come close to. A 33-5 career record and the ability to overcome what may be the most scrutinizing adversity for a quarterback. Zabransky was a leader.

But none of these quarterbacks will be asked to win games on their own.
Taylor Tharp has the most experience of the four signal callers that should compete for the starting spot. Despite only throwing the ball 13 times (completing 11) in 2006, Tharp does have game experience from 2005 when he subbed in for Zabransky in the Georgia, Idaho and for a series against Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl. His leadership will give him the chance as the front-runner, but he has competition.

Bush Hamdan may have the best arm of all four, but his decision making is not as strong as Tharp's.

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