Hard to believe, but we are officially under 100 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer we embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. Well, I burned out after about 30 days and the countdown was spotty at best until the Ducks rolled into town. I've recommitted myself this offseason however, and I'm shooting for 100 percent this time around.
We've got 95 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 95 on the Bronco roster—Darren Koontz
#95, Darren Koontz, Sophomore, DT
Weight: 254 lbs.
High School: Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
By following past Bronco luminaries like Jeremy Childs, Orlando Scandrick, and Quinton Jones. Los Alamitos has been good to the Broncos in the last few years and coach John Barnes is more than happy to send his standouts down Boise way. Koontz was named honorable mention All-Sunset League as both a junior and senior, and Los Alamitos' Defensive Player of the Year during his time there, leading the Broncos and Air Force to extend scholarship branches. Koontz chose the Broncos and redshirted in 2008.
The first Darren [Dick York]
Everybody knows that Bewitched went downhill after Dick York gave way to Dick Sargent. Being the first Darren means you hold it all together.
Matt Wilson, Dave Wilson
Given "Ultimate Blue Blood Award" for being the most dedicated red-shirt in 2008. 3 tackles against San José State.
Missing 2009 opener against Oregon.
Darren should be a factor this year on the D-line, but probably needs to close the weight gap between himself and his fellow linemen. Koontz is a strong DT, but not the roadblock that Billy Winn, Chase Baker, JP Nisby, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, or Michael Atkinson are. I would fully expect Koontz to add some bulk to his frame this offseason, and make a serious push for more playing time in 2010. He's got the work ethic to get it done, and with a spate of injuries opening things up in the 2-deep, Koontz could be the guy to make a splash this season. His 10 tackles (2 for loss) in 13 games in 2009 certainly doesn't constitute a banner year, but gained him valuable experience that can give him a leg up on some of his competition this Fall—competition that looks to be stiff. Koontz will be locked in battle this summer with the likes of JP Nisby, Chuck Hayes (who is coming off an injury), Michael Atkinson (injury), Matt Paradis (coming of redshirt), Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (redshirt), and Justin Jungblut (redshirt). From the looks of that list, I'd say Koontz chances for upward mobility are good. It's hard to do much better than playing in 13 of 14 games, but Koontz's minutes in 2010 should improve as should the number of meaningful snaps. He's not going to seriously push Winn or Baker (unless injuries should rear their head, knock on wood), but he should be a mainstay in the second or third wave of subs that the Broncos use to devastating effect.
Completely made up fact
The Bronco marketing machine briefly flirted with introducing a new giveaway at home football games called the "Koontz-skin cap" but NCAA regulations forced them to abandon the idea in the development phase.