Here we take a look at a few of Boise State’s underclassmen who have recently earned themselves a starting role or have had solid statistical performances in the last couple games. Expect to see these individuals be key contributors in the seasons ahead.
*No Particular Order
Eric McAlister 6-3 195 RS Fr. WR
The redshirt freshman has had an impressive last month, with 7 receptions for 195 yards and a TD, while leading the team in yards per catch (27.9). He will continually play more, projecting as one of the top young receivers in the conference.
Elelyon Noa 5-8 200 Jr. RB
The transfer from Utah St has had a good season. 24 of his 31 carries have come in recent weeks, with 17 rushes coming against Air Force in the 19-14 win. Look for him and/or Trevor Crowe to play a key role next season, with the graduation of George Holani.
Tyler Crowe 5-11 215 Jr. RB
The local kid out of Nampa, ID. has gotten in the mix the last few weeks, with an outstanding performance against Nevada, rushing 8 times for 78 yards, in the 41-3 win. Even with Holani and Jeanty getting the bulk of the carries, Crowe has a team leading 7.3 yards per rush.
Maddux Madsen 5-10 200 Fr. QB
The undersized freshman from American Fork, UT got some PT against Nevada and didn’t disappoint, hitting on 3 of 4 passes for 43 yards. With redshirt freshman starter Taylen Green leading the team, it will be tough to get consistent playing time, but Madsen can play.
Ahmed Hassanein 6-3 290 So. DE
Hassanein is now starting, accounting for 6 of his 10 total tackles in the last three weeks, with a sack. He is a physical presence and someone we should see be influential in the years ahead.
Gabe Hunter 6-3 235 RS So. LB
Hunter has moved into the starting role at the Edge position and done well. He had 6 tackles against BYU in the 31-28 loss, while totaling 9 in the last three weeks.
Kaden Dudley 5-11 198 Fr. RB
Dudley is another back who has gotten in the mix, during a few of these recent blowout wins over Nevada and Colorado St. His numbers aren’t crazy (10 touches) in the last 4 games, but BSU has shown they will most likely use him in the seasons ahead.
Kage Casey 6-6 295 Fr. T
The big freshman is projected to play a key role in the future, especially with the graduation of senior tackles Cade Beresford and John Ojukwu. He is a 2nd or 3rd team guy right now but could immediately be thrust into the spotlight.