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 74 days until kickoff ...but that number has not yet been assigned on the Bronco roster, so today we'll be taking a look at someone who probably won't but could wear it—Tyrone Crawford
#74, Tyrone Crawford, Junior, DE
Weight: 275 lbs.
High School/College: Bakersfield College via Catholic Central High, Windsor, ONT
How'd he get to The Blue?
Crawford took a rather windy road to get to the Blue. First recruited by the Broncos allll the way back in 2007 when he was terrorizing offenses and defenses at Windsor, Ontario's Catholic Central High. Back then, Crawford was making puny Canucks look foolish as a fullback, tight end, and defensive end. Bronco coaches that braved the Canadian wild offered Crawford on the spot, and he accepted...kinda. Crawford couldn't get his academic ducks in a row, so to speak, and elected to go the JC route—but his commitment to the Broncos was there the whole time. Last season at Bakersfield College, Crawford was named a JC All-American and conference defensive MVP after recording 42 tackles (14 for loss) and 8 sacks. Crawford actually was an all-league selection both years at Bakersfield. Amazingly, in both high school and college, the Broncos represented Tyrone's only scholarship offer, but his strong commitment to Boise State likely scared off any extra suitors. Crawford was named a 4-star JC recruit by Rivals.com and a 5.8 caliber player.
He's Canadian. He always gets his man (given that that man is a quarterback or running back)
Voted first-team All-Conference all four seasons in high school. First-team JC All-American at Bakersfield. Two-time All-Conference selection.
Ankle injury at Bakersfield in game against Canyons.
With Crawford's size, some have raised the possibility of him playing tackle. Let me just dispel that rumor right now: Billy Winn, Chase Baker, Michael Atkinson, Darren Koontz, J.P. Nisby, Greg Grimes, Chuck Hayes, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Matt Paradis, Justin Jungblut. Savvy?
Crawford is a natural, talented pass rusher and he will remain one or I will eat my hat (or at Taco Bell). We saw last year with Winston Venable, that often the JC transfers (especially the type the Broncos go after) are more accustomed to the pace of college football than the high schoolers...so don't expect Crawford to need to ease into the game like the redshirts likely will. I expect Tyrone to be ready for action the minute he steps foot on campus. 'Course he'll need to get accustomed to the different schemes that Kwiatkowski will dream up, but he'll come along quickly. With Crawford coming on board, we'll have another power pass-rusher on the end to go with McClellin, Alexander and Winterswyk—Root and Marshall will likely be viewed more as the "speed" pass-rushers (though Crawford has plenty of that, too). With the possibilities that this group brings for blitz packages, Coach Kwiatkowski must be pinching himself. The addition of Crawford will make the Boise State defensive ends a potentially dominant group and I fully expect the sack numbers to sky-rocket. I believe that Crawford alone can add 8-10 sacks this year and 30+ tackles, and I believe that he will if the depth at the position doesn't render all of them role players.
Completely made up fact
Tyrone can belch the entire Canadian national anthem.