Former BSU kicker Brotzman still aiming high
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
Kellen Moore. Doug Martin. Jay Ajayi.
All of these Broncos contributed mightily to Boise State but they aren’t the team’s leading scorer.
That honor belongs to Kyle Brotzman.
“That was the Kellen Moore era. I was in a good era that came through,” Brotzman said.
Brotzman walked on to BSU after kicking at Meridian High School.
After sitting out two seasons, he finally got his shot.
And made the most of it.
Brotzman connected on 238/241 extra points and hit 67/92 field goals.
His 439 points are the most points scored by one person in Boise State history. Brock Forsey (408) is No. 2 on that list followed by Ian Johnson (356).
Two moments probably stick out about Brotzman to Boise State fans.
The first being the 2010 Fiesta Bowl when on a 4th down in the fourth quarter Chris Petersen dialed up a fake punt. Brotzman completed the pass to Kyle Efaw which would eventually lead to a touchdown, propelling Boise State to a 17-10 win over TCU.
“Honestly, I didn’t think much of it,” Brotzman said. “If I thought too much I would have overshot him.”
That win catapulted Boise State into the next season. The Broncos were 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country when they visited Nevada. Brotzman missed two kicks as the Wolf Pack won 34-31 in overtime.
“It’s kind of a part of me now,” he said.
Brotzman said he put it behind him just a couple days after the loss and has since turned it into a positive.
“If I can help somebody out with a struggle they are going through and try to relate something I went through. People need to hear stories so they know they are not alone.”
After Boise State, Brotzman kicked in the Arena and Indoor Football Leagues. He now is back in the Treasure Valley and working in sales for Orkin Pest Control.
Of course he still follows the Broncos.
“Those guys have taken what Boise State is – that blue collar, that chip on your shoulder – and they are carrying the flag and running with it and that’s awesome to see,” he said.
Brotzman hopes to one day raise a family here, and if they ever ask him about his career he will be open with them.
“I’m sure they’ll be able to find it out there,” he said. “If they want to ask questions about what I did and all that stuff I will be more than happy to show them film and tell them everything.”