Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/16/12
Overview-
The biggest issue coming into 2011 for the Broncos’ offense would be who is going to take over for NFL draft picks Titus Young and Austin Pettis on the outside. We all know the Kellen Moore is practically Superman as far as collegiate quarterbacks go, but there is no way he could carry the entire offense by himself. Luckily, things never got to that point. There were some major contributions on that blue turf by quite a few young guys that should make plenty of impact in the upcoming seasons. For now, let’s see what took place for Boise State during their 2011 campaign.

Biggest Surprise- Matt Miller, Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver
It’s always difficult to project where a freshman could potentially make an impact in just his first season because we don’t really know yet how their game will translate to the collegiate level. Though some other factors (see below) contributed to Matt Miller getting a chance earlier than expected, the freshman really made the most of his opportunities and displayed he was ready immediately to play on this level. Miller finished second on the team in receiving and was possibly the most consistent pass-catcher on the roster. Big things will be expected now from Miller going forward.

Biggest Disappointment- Geraldo Boldewijn, Sophomore Wide Receiver
There were going to be plenty of opportunities to go around with Titus Young and Austin Pettis both exiting for the NFL last year. The most intriguing prospect by far was Boldewijn who is the biggest and potentially fastest receiver on the depth chart. After wowing spectators in the spring game with highlight-reel type catches, Boldewijn was suspended for the first four games of the year for eligibility issues. This severely hampered his spot on the depth chart and was really a non-factor throughout much of the year, only catching 19 receptions and two touchdowns.

2012 Outlook-
For the first time in what seems like forever, Kellen Moore will not be behind center for the Broncos. It will be a challenge no doubt, but head coach Chris Peterson is as good as any in college football at finding capable replacements for his departed stars. Expect Joe Southwick to be the heir apparent, but Grant Hedrick will get plenty of opportunities in their spread option formations because of his running abilities. While the departure of Moore will surely receive plenty of attention, what may go unnoticed is Doug Martin not around anymore. He was the second most vital part of the offense and return game, and will be sorely missed. Not all is doom and gloom, though, in that area as backup D.J. Harper received another year of eligibility and will step right in for Martin.

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