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Boise State Football: 5 Freshmen That Could Make an Impact in 2012

Martin SondermannAnalyst IIApril 30, 2012

Boise State Football: 5 Freshmen That Could Make an Impact in 2012

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    Last year it was Matt Miller who made his mark as a redshirt freshman for the Broncos.

    However, this year the Broncos will need help from a number of younger players if they plan on finishing their time in the Mountain West with a conference title.

    It is no secret about the sheer number of starting positions that the Broncos have to replace, but that leaves it open for newcomers to compete for playing time.

    There are a number of talented redshirt guys already in place as well as some possible true freshman coming on board this fall. It will be very interesting to see which of these step up and become an impact player for Boise State.

    With that in mind, let's look at the five most likely impact freshman for the Broncos in 2012.

Troy Ware

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    Player: Troy Ware

    Class: Redshirt Freshman

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: Wide Receiver

     

    Even though the Broncos are very deep when it comes to wide receiver don't be surprised to hear the name Troy Ware called a lot in 2012.

    He had a very impressive spring, and new offensive coordinator Robert Prince was quoted in the Idaho Statesman as having said that Ware might have the best hands in the group.That is very impressive if you consider that this is a "group" which includes Matt Miller, Geraldo Boldewijn, Mitch and Dallas Burroughs, Chris Potter and Kirby Moore.

    Look for Ware to be a deep threat as well as a consistent pass-grabber in difficult situations. He is fast, knows how to catch the ball and hold on to it.

Samuel Ukwuachu

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    Player: Samuel Ukwuachu

    Class: Redshirt Freshman

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 215 lbs.

    Position: Defensive End

     

    Rebuilding the defensive line is one of the biggest projects this year for the Broncos. However, having young guys like Ukwuachu helps a great deal.

    Ukwuachu had a great Spring and coaches are very excited about his progress. Coach Petersen was quoted in the Idaho Statesman as saying that Ukwuachu is "showing up". If you know anything about Petersen, you know that is a huge compliment.

    Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman had a very good breakdown for the 2012 Broncos defensive line. In that article Cripe said the following of the freshman:

    "He’s going to be a matchup nightmare for offenses. He’s 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and he played wide receiver in high school. He has the quickness to rush the passer and the athleticism to drop into coverage like Shea McClellin often did. He also plays a spot where the team desperately needs a playmaker to emerge."

    Look for Ukwuachu to become a shining star in a new-look Bronco defense. He is poised to have a breakout year in 2012.

Jay Ajayi

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    Player: Jay Ajayi

    Class: Redshirt Freshman

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 211 lbs.

    Position: Running Back

     

    Ajayi is a player that has to potential to have a highly positive or highly negative impact on the Broncos in 2012.

    Last year Ajayi came to Boise and coaches expected great things from him. However, what they got was anything but great. Jay was arrested and charged with theft when he stole sweatpants from a local Boise, Idaho Walmart store.

    Needless to say, this put Ajayi on the Coach Petersen dog-house list. However, the freshman running back was already on the injury list because of a knee problem.

    In 2012 he is trying to rebuild his reputation and at the same time rebuild his injured knee. He did not play in the Spring game, but he should be available when fall practice opens in August.

    If he is ready to go he could provide a much needed backup for D.J. Harper and Drew Wright at the running back position. The Broncos are certainly going to need him.

    If he is able to come back strong, it will take a lot of pressure off the two other backs and give coaches another option and some depth. If he is unable to return to form, it could mean some headaches for coach Petersen and his offense in 2012.

Jack Fields

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    Player: Jack Fields

    Class: True Freshman

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 196 lbs.

    Position: Running Back

     

    The video posted here will show you the type of person Jack Fields is. If you listen to his press conference you realize Boise State is getting a young man who is not just a great player but he is also a class act.

    Fields is the kind of player coach Petersen looks for, and Bronco fans should be very happy that he is headed north to Boise, Idaho.

    If you have time you should also watch his senior highlight reel.

    If you do watch that game film you will no doubt see that Mr. Fields looks a lot like former Bronco and current first-round NFL draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Doug Martin.

    Of course, that kind of comparison is a lot of pressure to put on a young man. However, all indications are that Jack Fields can handle it.

    Look for him to make an immediate impact in 2012 as a true freshman.

Nick Patti

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    Player: Nick Patti

    Class: True Freshman

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: Quarterback

     

    Nick Patti is probably the most famous freshman in Boise right now. So many people around town are buzzing about the possibilities.

    Of course, replacing Kellen Moore will be impossible, but folks do believe Patti could be special in his own way.

    Anyone who watched the spring game knows that Mr. Patti is a talented athlete. When he would roll out or run with the ball the rest of the field looked like it was moving slower. Patti is fast, and it showed.

    Also, the touch Patti has was evident when the young player out of Florida dropped a beautiful touchdown pass to Troy Ware in the corner of the end zone.

    Patti, however, is still clearly behind Joe Southwick when it comes to the quarterback competition. Southwick outplayed Patti, but that was to be expected. Joe has three years in the Broncos system and the advantage of playing behind Kellen Moore.

    Still, it sure seems like Patti is going to give Southwick a battle when Fall camp comes around.

    Patti's impact will be obvious this year even if he doesn't win the staring job. His presence has raised the play of the other quarterbacks on the team, and the competition should produce a solid starter no matter who that is.

    Look for Nick Patti to make some Florida-sized waves on "The Blue" in 2012.

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