Boise State played very good defense in 2012. In fact, it was the defense that carried the team for much of the season.
In 2013, it could be the reverse.
Boise State has several key players returning on offense. On defense however, a couple of injuries, the loss of a freshman all-American and some young players on the roster points to a few big questions that must be answered early.
The opening game against the Washington Huskies is quickly approaching, and if the Broncos want to win that game and those that follow, there are a handful of players that will need to step up in a big way.
Head coach Chris Petersen is not without talent on defense as outstanding players like Demarcus Lawrence, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Blake Renaud and Jeremey Ioane are all back for another go around.
But, to be a championship-caliber team, the Broncos must get some help.
Let's look at five players that could be part of the solution for Petersen and Boise State in 2013.