By Chadd Cripe
Junior Derrell Acrey and sophomore Aaron Tevis have earned the starting linebacker jobs for the Boise State football team, according to the depth chart released this morning for the opener against Oregon.
Also, junior-college transfer Winston Venable beat out sophomore Doug Martin at nickel.
Acrey will start at middle linebacker and be backed up by junior Daron Mackey. Tevis will start on the weak side and be backed up by freshman J.C. Percy.
Sophomore Hunter White, who was the top linebacker in spring ball, is listed as the co-backup at both spots. Freshman Tommy Smith, the sixth linebacker in the competition, is not on the depth chart and is expected to play some end.
Other tidbits from the depth chart, which is available here:
— Junior Kyle Brotzman is listed as the kicker, punter and kickoff specialist. Coaches had hoped someone would beat him out for the punting or kickoff chores.
— True freshman walk-on Chris Roberson has won the long-snapping job. Roberson is from Katy, Texas.
— Martin and wideout Titus Young are the kickoff returners.
— True freshman wide receiver Aaron Burks made the depth chart as the seventh receiver, but he still may redshirt.
The rest of the depth chart is as we have reported during our position-preview series. Here’s our story today about the offensive line.