First off, I'd like to thank Kevan Lee for keeping our countdown perfect attendance record intact the last few days, I had a death in the family and have been out of town since Wednesday. Secondly...I didn't miss any big news while I was gone, did I?
Hard to believe, but we are officially under 90 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple of months without breaking the streak.
We've got 84 days until kickoff ... so today we'll be taking a look at number 84 on the Bronco roster—Jimmy Pavel
#84, Jimmy Pavel, Sophomore, PK
Weight: 212 lbs.
High School: Central Catholic High, Molalla, OR
How'd he get to The Blue?
Drove...and way too fast I might add. As a youngster, Pavel was known around the Northwest not for his kicking, but his driving. See, Pavel was the P.H.R.A. (that's the Pacific Hardtop Racing Association, FYI) Rookie of the Year at the ripe old age of 16 and could be seen tearing up tracks in dwarf cars (like regular cars, but with long beards and battle axes) when he wasn't picking up all-conference awards for his kicking prowess at western Oregon's Central Catholic High. As a senior, Pavel took home first team All-Mount Hood honors as a punter, second team All-Mount Hood honors at kicker, and was named honorable mention All-State. Pavel walked-on to the program in 2008 and redshirted the same year.
The Gavel [gav-uhl]
Hopefully court is in session from the left hash mark.
Kicked off for the Broncos 13 times as a redshirt frosh in 2009 and averaged 61.0 YPK. Went 1-for-1 on field goal attempts as Kyle Brotzman's main backup.
Didn't stay in the shallow end when taking a dip in the Fountain of Youth. Now gets carded when he tries to watch PG-13 movies.
A 5'9" and weighing 212 lbs. Jimmy Pavel might just as easily be nicknamed "the anti-Grammatica". The stocky Oregonian may have walked on to the team, but certainly gives the incumbent Brotzman some solid competition for camp and may be the early leader to take over kickoff duties this Fall. Pavel and fellow walk-on Trevor Harman both got a lot of looks this Spring as Kyle Brotzman rehabbed a bum shoulder, and Pavel looked like the guy with more leg and more accuracy...qualities generally prized in kickers. Pavel drilled a 48-yard field goal in Boise State's first Spring scrimmage which would have been the second-longest field goal by a Bronco all of last season—incidentally, it would also match the longest distance I've ran in the last 6 months.
Pavel, for the time being, looks like Kyle Brotzman's heir-apparent and should get some meaningful playing time in 2010. With emphasis this season placed on relieving Brotzman of some of his workload—we may see someone altogether different handle the kickoff duties each game. Pavel has enough leg to become the Broncos' kickoff specialist and hopefully can greatly increase the number of touchbacks for the Broncos in 2010 (Brotzman kicked 13 in all of 2009). My greatest hope for the year is that the solidly built Pavel will meet a hapless kick returner a la Michael Lose.
Completely made up fact
Jimmy Pavel has been known to crack corn—but I don't care.