Position Previews - Wide Receivers

    The talented receiving corps that Boise State returns this season will be a huge asset for Moore as he leads the offense once again. The Broncos top two receivers, seniors Austin Pettis (6-3, 197) and Titus Young (5-11, 168) will lead the way once again giving Boise State a dynamic one-two punch of speed and size. The duo combined for 142 receptions, 1,896 receiving yards and 24 touchdown catches a year ago.

    Pettis has become Moore's favorite red-zone target over the past two seasons, which was apparent in 2009 when he caught a school record 14 touchdown passes. He broke the Boise State single season touchdown receptions record with a five TD performance against Idaho. He finished the year with 63 receptions for 855 yards, despite missing the last regular season game and playing sparingly in the Fiesta Bowl due to injury. Following his extremely productive season Pettis was named first team All-WAC.

    Young led the Broncos in receiving with 79 catches for 1,041 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. In 2009 he developed into more of a possession receiver to compliment his ability as a deep threat. Young's versatility also brings a lot to the Boise State rushing attack, as he scored three rushing touchdowns on 15 carries as a junior. Young joined Pettis in receiving first team All-WAC honors at receiver.

    After Young and Pettis, Boise State will look to a big group of receivers that will be battling for playing time this fall. Junior Tyler Shoemaker (6-1, 217) returns the most experience of the bunch having started eight games as a sophomore. He finished the year with 21 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games of action.

    Expected to see the most action as backups this fall will be a trio of sophomores; Mitch Burroughs (5-9, 189), Chris Potter (5-9, 164) and Kirby Moore (6-2, 200). Kirby Moore had the most productive freshman season of the three, grabbing 21 passes for 242 yards and two scores in 13 games. Burroughs caught 11 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown in 13 games in 2009, while Potter grabbed eight passes for 60 yards in 12 games.

    The Broncos will also have a pair of freshmen competing for playing time in the fall with Aaron Burks (6-2, 186) and Geraldo Hiwat (6-4, 189). Both redshirted last season.



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