Boise State Football: Ranking Broncos' Top Offensive Contributors

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 15:  D.J. Harper #7 of the Boise State Broncos runs in for a touchdown against the Miami University RedHawks at Bronco Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The Boise State Broncos are playing a different style of football this season than we've grown accustomed to seeing in the past.

Whereas Boise used to heavily outscore its opponents, it's averaging just 25.2 PPG in 2012, which ranks No. 82 in the FBS. Still, the Broncos' offense has helped the team to a 5-1 record and a first-place standing in the Mountain West Conference.

That said, here are the top three offensive players for the Broncos this season.


3. Matt Miller, WR

Miller has been the most reliable Bronco receiver this season, hauling in 30 catches for 304 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in receptions and yards.

While the sophomore was highly ineffective against Fresno State this past weekend, Miller has three games of at least seven receptions and 68 yards, making him the No. 1 wideout for Boise St.

As a freshman in 2011, Miller caught 62 passes for 679 yards and nine touchdowns and was the second-best receiving option only to Tyler Shoemaker.

Being only halfway through the season, Miller will continue to establish himself as the Broncos' top wide receiver over Kirby Moore and Chris Potter.

2. Joe Southwick, QB 

Boise St. ranks No. 85 in college football in terms of passing yards—averaging 208.3 YPG—but junior quarterback Joe Southwick has done a nice job with a now-defensive-minded Broncos team.

Southwick is completing a mediocre 62.9 percent of his passes but has tossed nine touchdowns to just four interceptions, which is good for a 136.8 rating.

The junior had back-to-back games with three touchdown passes against New Mexico and Southern Miss, highlighted by 311 aerial yards against the Lobos.

All in all, Southwick has thrown for 1,237 yards this season and has a favorable matchup this week against UNLV.


1. D.J. Harper, RB

If it weren't for D.J. Harper, I don't know where the Broncos' offense would be.

Harper has surpassed the 100-yard mark three times this season, totaling 549 yards and six touchdowns in six games this season on the ground.

The senior RB has been helpful in the passing game as well, catching 11 passes for 86 yards and a TD.

Harper has taken a lot of pressure off of Southwick, most notably in the Miami game, when the running back went for 183 total yards and four touchdowns in a 39-12 rout.

Because of his versatility and experience on the football field, I believe Harper is the Broncos' top offensive option.


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