Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Gabe Linehan (#87) will be back to bolster Boise State's depth at tight end, which suffered due to injuries in 2012.
Boise State isn’t known for using its tight ends much in the passing game, but those individuals who play the position in Chris Petersen’s system aren’t on the field just for show.
Rather, they are instrumental in the success of the running game, especially in plays where the running back is likely to bounce outside.
So, with Gabe Linehan and Kyle Sosnowski returning, it's going to be an advantage. Linehan, a senior, and Sosnowski, a junior, went down with season-ending injuries last season, which left the Broncos thin at tight end.
This season, depth will definitely not be an issue. Besides Linehan and Sosnowski, Petersen also has sophomore Holden Huff and junior Connor Peters (who moved to the position from fullback) battling for playing time.
All four should see action.
At 6’4”, 253 pounds, Peters is the biggest of the bunch and will be an asset, assuming his blocking skills translate (he isn’t exactly green to the position).
Huff, at 6’5”, has the potential to be a threat in the passing game, showing speed and soft hands during his freshman year when he caught four touchdown passes.
Linehan and Sosnowski are more of the prototypical tight ends who would be expected in Petersen’s system with Linehan also having the ability to catch the ball.
In a perfect world, no one gets hurt and the Broncos will have a strong rotation at the position.