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Andy Avalos came home to be the next coach from the Boise State family tree to take over the Broncos.
The challenge he faces is different from perhaps any other Boise State coach’s since the Broncos emerged on the national stage.
When Chris Petersen took over, Boise State was ascending. Bryan Harsin replaced Petersen at a time when the Broncos were still dominant.
But Avalos arrives at a time when Boise State is no longer a singular powerhouse within its own conference, as it was at the peak of its success. The Broncos have just two conference titles in the past six seasons, which would be acceptable for many schools but seems like an underachievement in Boise.
Now they have a new voice in charge after the one-time player for the Broncos returned following Harsin’s departure for Auburn.
“We’re lucky to be doing it right here in this city, in this community and to be able to do it with this team that has been assembled,” Avalos said. “That being said, we got a ton of hard work ahead of us but we’re looking forward to doing it.”
Fortunately for Avalos, the cupboard isn’t empty for his first season. The Broncos return nine starters on offense and eight on defense. Boise State has two top options at quarterback, a stable of running backs and one of the top wide receivers in the Mountain West in Khalil Shakir.