Boise State Football: The Next 6 Stars to Develop at Boise State

Dan Vasta@CI_StatsGuruSenior Writer IIIDecember 25, 2011

Boise State Football: The Next 6 Stars to Develop at Boise State

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    A bunch of legendary starts are done at Boise State, and it will be up to some youngsters to help fill the void. Kellen Moore and his 50 wins are gone, so who will step in and replace the star?

    This Boise State squad reloads, and the hope is that Chris Petersen will be able to continue his torrid pace. Here are your six future starts looking forward in the 2012 season.

Lee Hightower

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    Hightower had to play corner this season due to injuries on the Broncos roster. Look for him to take over George Illoka as the next star safety on the team.

    Out of California, Hightower has fluid hips and enough length to become an immediate factor in terms of becoming an All-Mountain West Conference player in 2012.

Mitch Burroughs

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    The 5’9" senior can be used in a variety of ways similar to punt returner Chris Potter, but the explosive playmaking ability should allow Burroughs to thrive next season. He will viable perhaps in the running game as well and is a tremendous route runner that can keep the chains moving.

Michael Atkinson

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    Chase Baker, Billy Winn, Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford will all be gone, so look for Atkinson to dominate up front.

    A few replacements will have to step up, but the Broncos will fill the void perhaps with junior college player Demarcus Lawrence. Count on the Broncos to take a step back up front, but Atkinson will be a reason why they will not fall off the map.

Grant Hedrick

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    He may not even start next year if Joe Southwick ends up winning the starting position, but  there is a thing we can bank on. That, of course, is that we should be dazzled with trick plays every single game under Chris Peterson.

    Headrick had a solid role all year long, and his playing time will certainly increase. He is a tremendous runner with solid vision, and certainly, if he improves upon his throwing ability, he could perhaps earn starting quarterback status.

Geraldo Boldewijn

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    Limitless is the word that comes to mind when thinking about the talent of Mr. Boldewijn. Boise State’s receiving corps will be top notch next season, and a lot of it has to do with the versatility they will have.

    Most “experts” and fans will completely discredit this team without Kellen Moore, Nate Potter and Doug Martin. However, they will be arguably just as explosive next season on offense.

    Boldewijn could become a double-digit touchdown machine due to his tremendous athleticism and leaping ability he has towards the red zone.

Matt Miller

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    The redshirt freshman will be a prime time playmaker even without Kellen Moore because of the type of athlete that Miller is.

    At 6’3", he can go up and take it away from you, and he is also quick enough to beat you deep for six.

    The former 3-star prospect out of Montana has a long way to go before he is NFL bound like Austin Pettis or Titus Young, but his future is extremely bright with his underrated talent (caught and threw a TD in Maaco Bowl).