It is no secret that the Boise State Broncos have a huge task ahead of them in 2012. Both sides of the ball will need serious reconstruction.
On the offensive side, they will have to replace Kellen Moore and Doug Martin, which is no easy task. However, with the large number of wide receivers and experienced offensive lineman coming back, the offense has, at the very least, a good foundation to start with.
The defense, on the other hand, will require considerably more attention.
The Bronco defense is going to look much different than last year's squad. Boise State will have to replace nine starters, yes you read that right, nine starters.
Not many folks outside of Boise are giving the Broncos a snowball's chance in Arizona of returning to ranks of the elite in college football in 2012. Some might even think the days of BSU being a continual top-25 team are over with. But if you know anything about Boise State's history, you know that probably isn't going to happen.
Still, this season will be a true test for the coaches and players wearing the Bronco orange and blue.
The season opener against Michigan State should give everyone a pretty good idea of how good of a job Chris Petersen and his staff have done in the area of reconstruction. Not that this one game will dictate the rest of the season, but it should be a good indicator of things to come.
Looking ahead defensively, you have to wonder which players will step up in the wake of one of the best, if not the best, defenses in Boise State history. Let's look at the list of possible contenders.