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 71 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 71 on the Boise State roster—Cory Yriarte
#71, Cory Yriarte, Junior, OL
Weight: 281 lbs.
High School: Oaks Christian High School, Westlake, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Yriarte was actually one of the bigger "gets" for the Broncos in the class of 2007 when they snagged him from Cali's Oaks Christian High School. Now, Cory wasn't the highest profile player to come out of Oaks Christian that year...that honor went to QB Jimmy Clausen, but Clausen's productivity was the direct result of outstanding line play, and Cory was a major reason for that in his one season at OCHS. As a senior, Yriarte was named Velocity/Prep Star All-Region and named to the Ventura County Star All-Ventura County Team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team. Cory also garnered All-CIF honors, all Tri-Valley League honors and all-state second-team recognition as well as being named the Coaches' Association Ventura County Offensive Lineman of Year. All the exposure and praise failed to net any "huge" offers for Yriarte, unless of course, you count the one from Boise State. He was also offered by Colorado State and San Diego State.
"/ˈkɜrnl/ Show Spelled"
Anyone got an extra six-million dollars lying around? We...can...rebuild...his...knee.
In high school, helped Oaks Christian rush for over 3,500 yards and 91 touchdowns and pass for more than 3,600 yards and 51 touchdowns while playing center on the squad.
Sitting out 2009, and most likely, 2010.
Cory's Bronco career was off to a promising start with him seeing time in 6 games as a redshirt freshman. Sadly, that's about been the extent of his Boise State career thus far. Yriarte was looking like a good candidate to start at right guard for the 2009 season before an ACL injury in October of 2008 left him on the sidelines for the entire '09 campaign. Of course, the fact that the injury occurred late in 2008 left hope that he'd be fully rehabbed by the time the 2010 season rolled around. Well, it kinda sorta was—then it happened again. Yriarte's knee just couldn't handle Spring Camp this year, and in April, his knee went kaput yet again. Yriarte's injury struggles are a sad reminder of the physical strains that come with playing guard at a high level. Yriarte must now move to the back of the RG pack and watch as Will Lawrence and Spencer Gerke try to remain fit enough to battle for a job that at one point, looked like his to lose. Hopefully, the NCAA will grant Yriarte a medical hardship year, meaning this year would be tantamount to a sophomore campaign...but you really never know how the wacky NCAA will rule. All we can really say for now is: get well soon.
Completely made up fact
The "Y" is silent in Cory's last name, but many don't realize that both "R"s the "T", "A" and "E" are as well.