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 months without breaking the streak.
We've got 81 days until kickoff ... so today we'll be taking a look at number 81 on the Bronco roster—Nick Alexander
#81, Nick Alexander, RS Freshman, DE
Weight: 237 lbs.
High School: Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA
How'd he get to The Blue?
Alexander's grandfather is Hall of Famer Carl Eller, so he certainly has the pedigree to be a great football player in his own right. He was a two-year letterman at L.A.'s Crenshaw High where he was an All-City performer at defensive end and offensive tackle. Nick recorded 55 tackles (10 for loss) and nine sacks as a senior and was offered scholarships by Boise State and Washington State.
Alexander the Great
Maybe someday Oliver Stone will make a crappy movie about him.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis
Started every game his senior year at defensive end and offensive tackle. Recorded 15 pancakes (delicious pancakes, at that) his junior year at OT.
Being the subject of a almost indecipherable Dustin Lapray piece during Spring Camp.
Boise State's Defensive Line, as has been discussed, is going to be absolutely sick this year. With experienced and productive ends like Ryan Winterswyk, Jarrell Root, and Shea McClellin returning, the unit was already in good shape for 2010—but wait, JC-transfer Tyrone Crawford will be ready for action and speedster Kharyee Marshall will be giving tackles fits. With so much talent and potential along the D-line, it's Alexander who has got lost in the shuffle, but also Alexander who might end up being the real star. Bodywise, he's already in the mold of Mike T WIlliams...but Williams as a senior, not a freshman. Remember, Mike T Williams famously came to Boise weighing less than kicker Jimmy Pavel (seriously), but developed into an All-Conference playmaker—well, Alexander already has that power and frame and he's yet to play a single down for the Broncos. With a year of game experience, Kharyee Marshall and Nick Alexander will position themselves as a fearsome duo for the beginning of Boise State's Mountain West era and should bring a combination of speed and strength that the Broncos have possibly never had at DE. For a frame of reference, I see Alexander being a bit of a Winterswyk/Williams hybrid, and if the incoming talent is enough to push Byron Hout back to linebacker, get ready for a treat, Bronco fans. WIth the depth at DE this year, I don't see Alexander setting the world ablaze stats-wise, but I think he'll be good for 15-20 tackles and a few sacks. As the upperclassmen start to graduate and the numbers thin out, however, I think Alexander might be one of the most productive ends on the squad.
Completely made up fact
Permian High School in Texas was the inspiration for the best-selling book, film and TV series Friday Night Lights. Alexander's alma mater, Crenshaw High School, was the inspiration for Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel