Spring superlatives: Boise State

There’s a lot of anticipation for the 2010 season, not just in Idaho, but around the country, to see if the Broncos can continue their dominance and ultimately do something no nonautomatic qualifying teams has ever done under in the BCS system -- play for a national title. The Broncos return almost every starter and should be well equipped to make a run at their third consecutive undefeated regular season.

Here’s a look at the strongest and weakest positions for Boise State this spring:

Strongest position: Quarterback

Key returners: Junior Kellen Moore (63.9 percent completion, 3,536 yards, 39 touchdowns, three interceptions), senior Mike Coughlin (completed 12-of 19 passes, 50 yards)

Key departures: None

The skinny: Boise State learned this spring that Kellen Moore is not the only dynamic quarterback on its roster. Moore struggled with his consistency this spring, which opened the door for redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Southwick to shine. During the Broncos spring game, Southwick completed 10-of-15 passes for 191 yards and led the team on five scoring drives, including a game-tying drive in the final minute. Now, there’s no concern about Moore, a Heisman Trophy candidate, losing his job, but it’s good to know that the team’s quarterbacking future is in good hands.

Weakest position: Cornerback (Kyle Wilson's side)

Key returners: Junior Antwon Murray (two tackles)

Key departures: Kyle Wilson

The skinny: This isn’t a weak position, just an inexperienced one. In fact, the Broncos don’t really have a weak position since they return all but one starter from last year’s defense. However, this is the only spot on the defense that’s still up for grabs and therefore it sort of fills the mold for this particular post. There are several competent competitors for Wilson’s spot, including Jamar Taylor and Ebo Makinde, who had a terrific spring campaign.