Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 70

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 70 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 70 on the Boise State roster—Zach Waller

#70, Zach Waller, Junior, OL

Waller_medium

Stats

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 289 lbs. 

High School: Franklin High School, Elk Grove, CA

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Waller was a two-year letterman at Franklin High School in Ryan Dinwiddie's old stomping ground, Elk Grove, CA. Waller came into his own at Franklin HS as a junior and senior, as he was selected All-Delta Valley Conference and second-team all-city. Waller's prowess at tackle also led to his selection for the inaugural Holiday Bowl All-Star Game. The largest nerd scholar since Jake Broyles, Waller was named a scholar-athlete in 2005 and 2006. Waller had one other scholarship offer from Nevada, but being a scholar-athlete, he analyzed the situation and found that playing for a hot-headed octogenarian wasn't the best career move.

Nickname

"Walleye

Wash-out_medium

The sad condition known as "Walleye Vision"

Look-a-like 

Franklin_medium

Bearded UFC fighter Rich Franklin

Career highlights

In high school elected to play in inaugural Holiday Bowl All-Star Game. Played in 8 games in 2009. 

Career lowlight

Getting beat on 3 consecutive plays by Shea McClellin in Spring practice. McClellin also gifted Jake Broyles his lowlight. No respect, I tell ya. No respect.

2010 prospectus

Waller played in two games as a redshirt freshman in 2008, and in eight games in 2009. If this trend holds, he will see action in 32 games in 2010. Good luck with that. Waller's primary position on the O-line has been at left tackle, and while he's provided valuable depth and has good size for the position, he's maybe not as athletic or agile as the favorites Charles Leno and Faraji Wright. Jumping to the other side of the line wouldn't be terribly beneficial either as Brenel Myers is a rising star at the position and expected to take the reins come September. Does this mean that Waller will concede the starter role come Fall Camp and slink back to the bench to wait things out? Not by a long shot. Waller is a competitor, and he's played in enough games now for the Broncos to have gained valuable experience. The talking heads may have picked the favorites in the race, but the coaches have not. Fall Camp can completely erase whatever tentative pecking order was established in Spring Camp, and Waller could be the man come September. Our observations say he's not the odds-on favorite, but he's capable of making a late run. I mean, did you think Michael Ames would be the starter against Oregon last season? I rest my case.

Completely made up fact

To put on weight, Waller drinks a shake comprised of tuna, potato skins, Go-gurt, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join One Bronco Nation Under God

You must be a member of One Bronco Nation Under God to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at One Bronco Nation Under God. You should read them.

Join One Bronco Nation Under God

You must be a member of One Bronco Nation Under God to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at One Bronco Nation Under God. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker