Boise State football center granted sixth year of eligibility

The NCAA has officially granted Boise State center Cory Yriarte a sixth-year waiver extension, the school announced Tuesday. Yriarte is the second Boise State offensive player to get a sixth year of eligibility, joining running back D.J. Harper.

Yriarte, a 6-foot-1, 286-pounder, missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons after tearing the ACL in his right knee twice, making him eligible for a sixth season. He tore the ACL during fall camp in 2009 and re-injured it while running in February 2010.

Yriarte has played in 17 games in his career, six in 2008 (three starts) and 11 in 2011 (eight starts). He is expected to start at center in 2012.

Returning starters

Offense (7 of 12): C Cory Yriarte (sr.), *RG Jake Broyles (jr.), LG Joe Kellogg (sr.), RT Charles Leno Jr. (jr.), WR Matt Miller (so.), WR Mitch Burroughs (sr.), *FB Dan Paul (sr.)

Lost starters (6): QB Kellen Moore, TB Doug Martin, TE Kyle Efaw, LT Nate Potter, RG Chuck Hayes, WR Tyler Shoemaker

Key reserves returning (3): RB D.J. Harper (sr.), TE Gabe Linehan (jr.), WR Kirby Moore (jr.)

Defense (3 of 11): *CB Jerrell Gavins (sr.), CB Jamar Taylor (sr.), N Jonathan Brown (jr.)

Lost starters (8): DE Shea McClellin, DE Tyrone Crawford, DT Billy Winn, DT Chase Baker, LB Byron Hout, LB Aaron Tevis, S George Iloka, S Cedric Febis

Key reserves returning (5): LB J.C. Percy (sr.), LB Tommy Smith (sr.), S Lee Hightower (so.), DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (jr.), DT Mike Atkinson (sr.)

Special teams (1 of 2): K Michael Frisina (sr.)

Lost starters (1): P Brad Elkin

Other key returners: KO Trevor Harman (jr.), LS Chris Roberson (sr.), PR Chris Potter (sr.)/Mitch Burroughs (sr.)

* indicates missed most or all of 2011 with injury

Will he still be playing

Will he still be playing college football when he's 42 years old?

If he's Bill Murray!

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VOICES is the only realy part of the Statesman LEFT. Guess McClatchy has finally killed the paper.

Defense

Honestly, defense might be the biggest question mark for the coming season. No doubt the competition at QB is huge, but we know who the competitors are and just knowing coach Pete I'd guess that will turn out fine. But when you lose all of those key defenders, whew, that is tough. I always thought Hout was a bit under apprciated by the press. He was really solid. Winn, McClelland, Iloka, their loss is obvious, they'll all be playing on Sunday next year. But I also have a lot of confidence that coach Pete will get it done. He always has the right pieces ready to step up.

The offensive line

will be deep, but can they run block? That has to be the main area of improvement. DT's Michael Atkinson and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe give us an excellent starting pair on the D-line, and Jeffrey Worthy (who could be a real monster) will be added to the rotation mix. We'll also be solid at the LB positions, and we know the secondary will be outstanding so we could be looking at our best defensive unit ever--even with all the losses. DE's will be a concern, but hey I'm as optimistic as ever.