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 75 days until kickoff ... so today we'll be taking a look at number 75 on the Bronco roster—Faraji Wright
#75, Faraji Wright, Sophomore, OT
Weight: 284 lbs.
High School: Berkeley High School, Vallejo, CA
How'd he get to The Blue?
A three-year letterman at Berkeley High School, Wright earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior team captain and was ranked sixth on the Bay Area "Cream of the Crop" list for 2007. Wright was also named first-team West County Times and to the San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro second team. Ranked a 3-star OT recruit by Scout.com, Faraji had FBS scholarship offers from Utah State, UNLV, and San José State as well as a smattering of FCS offers.
"Mr. Wright" [mis-ter rahyt]
You can call him mister, at least until he gets his doctorate.
Yesterday's countdown focused on another prospective left tackle, Jake Broyles. I stated that I thought Broyles was likely behind both Charles Leno and Faraji Wright for the all-important left tackle battle...and I'm going to stick with that. Remember, because of Nate Potter's move to guard, we will have a new starting left tackle this season...we just don't know if the starter will change week to week or if someone will come from the ranks and own it. Faraji Wright's biggest competition heading into camp will undoubtably be Charles Leno...who just happens to share many of Wright's best qualities at tackle—long arms and quick feet. Wright played in four games in 2009 backing up Nate Potter, so he has at least some game experience to draw upon. I'll give Wright close to even odds to be the starter come September, but make no mistake, the competition in Fall Camp will be stiff. The Broncos are stacked at left tackle even going 4-deep and Potter's move may have been made primarily so all the available O-line talent could be utilized. Potter was versatile enough to make the switch, and the logjam has cleared a little, but only a little. Watch this fierce battle closely this Fall to see who will take the reins.
Completely made up fact
Faraji dominated the potato sack races at Boise State football's company picnic.