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Matt Miller was the team's leading receiver in 2012 and should be an integral part of the offense again in 2013.
As stated, the wide receiving corps appears to be one of the most talented groups on Boise State’s roster. This is true not only because of the physical talent of the players, but also because of the experience that is being retained from the 2012 squad.
Of the top six receivers for Boise State in terms of yards gained in 2012, all but one return to the team this season (the one being graduated-senior Chris Potter, who was the team’s third leading receiver). From a statistics perspective, that is impressive, but it means even more when you take a closer look.
All the time that quarterback Joe Southwick spent learning his receivers' tendencies last season does not go to waste, as he now gets another full year to capitalize on all that he learned.
Last season, there were times when it seemed Southwick and his receivers were not on the same page, which is understandable.
However, in addition to Chris Petersen slimming down the offensive playbook, there is a basis for which the quarterback and his receivers can build on for 2013 that simply wasn’t there at the beginning of the 2012 campaign. That translates into more success, quicker.
The Broncos have a slew of big, physical targets such as Matt Miller, Kirby Moore and Geraldo Boldewijn who will have a size advantage over almost all of the corners that they will face in the Mountain West Conference.
This will make Southwick’s job much easier, knowing he can let his receivers go up and get the ball as opposed to always feeling like he needs to make a perfect throw.
There is no shortage of speed, either, thanks to Shane Williams-Rhodes and Dallas Burroughs, both of whom played sparingly in 2012 but could see plenty of time on the field in 2013.
Williams-Rhodes has reportedly looked solid in spring practice so far, and it is well-known that Coach Petersen likes to get as many guys into the game as possible.
As much as Petersen likes to let the ground game open up the passing game, this might be the year to air it out more than usual. The wide receivers for the Broncos have a combination of size, speed and skill that is essentially unmatched in their conference. It would almost seem like a waste not to take advantage of that as much as possible.