Junior linebacker Blake Renaud looks to be poised for a breakout season. He has the physical attributes, the talent, the toughness and the attitude to be a good leader for the Broncos.
He will no doubt start at middle linebacker this season, and coach Petersen thinks he's going to do some good things as well.
Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman quotes coach Petersen when he says:
The nice thing about Blake, he’s one of those guys who has played a lot of ball for us. He’s one of those guys who’s not a headline name, but he’s been very good on our special teams. He has played in there with those backers and made a lot of plays for us. He understands things and is physical. So now it is his time to take that next step and a lot of people should be knowing his name.
Cripe also quotes Renaud and how he feels about his leadership position. Renaud said:
I enjoy being the guy in the front. ... I’m just trying to be the best linebacker I can. … I’m not much of a talker. I like to try to show it on the field. I’m happy about being one of the top guys.
It sure sounds like a man on a mission.
Look for Blake Renaud to do some good things this fall.