Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 79

Hard to believe, but there are under 80 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 79 days until kickoff ... so today we'll be taking a look at number 79 on the Bronco roster—Bronson Durrant

#79, Bronson Durrant, Sophomore, OG

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Stats

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 266 lbs.

High School: Marist High School, Eugene, OR

How'd he get to The Blue?

Durrant played in the shadow of behemoth Charles Siddoway at Eugene's Marist High. Siddoway, who played alongside Durrant at tackle, brought lots of recruiters to Marist, among them, Bronco coaches, who also got a good look at Durrant. Both linemen were offered by the Broncos...Siddoway went to Cal, Durrant came to the Blue. While at Marist, Bronson was a three-year letterman and helped his team to two state championships. He was named second-team All-Sky-Em league as a senior despite suffering a season-ending injury in game 7 that year. In fact, Durrant never was able to fully tip his hand at how good he could have been in high school after injuries shortened both his junior and senior years of ball. Obviously, the coaches saw enough from healthy Durrant to offer him a scholly, to go along with his offer from Portland State the only one that we know of . He accepted Boise State's—big surprise.

Nickname

"Bubba"

I have it on fairly good authority that this is actually Durrant's nickname. When a perfectly good nickname already exists, who am I to force a new one on the masses?

Look-a-like 

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USA Soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard

Career highlights

Won two Oregon state championships at Marist High School. Saw action in five games for the Broncos in 2009.

Career lowlight

Being made of some highly breakable porcelain-like material whilst in high school.

2010 prospectus

With Nate Potter possibly making a perma-switch to guard, Durrant's depth chart molehill has become a mountain. It is that reason, coupled with the injury to Cory Yriarte, that leads me to believe that Durrant may play more center this year than guard. Of course, with his experience at guard, he will do in a pinch, but Byrd's absence in Spring ball and rocky 2009 mean that Durrant could get more and more snaps on a line that is prone to shakeups. If I had to make a very early prediction, I would say that Nate Potter and Will Lawrence OR Matt Slater will occupy the two guard positions when Fall camp opens, and Durrant will be Thomas Byrd's primary backup. Durrant brings some athleticism to the center position that may be beneficial when a pulling lineman is needed and will provide valuable depth at the guard position should the injury bug rear its head again or line chemistry dictates a move. Durrant is a bit of an x-factor on the line, to be honest...he won't be pulling headlines like Potter, Leno, Myers, or Byrd, but I think he'll be a solid contributor on the squad and get a few starts under his belt by year's end.

Completely made up fact

Durrant was either named after action star Charles Bronson or Perfect Strangers' Bronson Pinchot. No one knows for sure.

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