Boise State dives into 2013 with a total of seven running backs on the roster. By the time fall practice comes around, that number could be slightly elevated or decreased depending on spring practice results and unforeseen circumstances that could or could not arise.
Running back is a crucial position for most teams, and head coach Chris Petersen has proven over the years that balance is an effective model.
With the departure of sixth-year senior D.J. Harper, the Broncos not only lose another excellent running back, but they also say goodbye to a seasoned veteran and leader on the team.
Filling the void that Harper leaves behind won't be easy.
The seven players that stand ready to pursue the daunting task of replacing Harper are mostly young, mostly unproven, but they also posses a tremendous amount of talent and potential.
Which of the seven make the grade?
It is a question that will be answered over the next sixth months, but until then, a closer look at the possibilities seems reasonable.