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 94 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 94 on the Bronco roster—Byron Hout
#94, Byron Hout, Junior, LB
Weight: 240 lbs.
High School: Lake City High School, Coeur d'Alene, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
As one of the most highly coveted Gem State recruits that have come along in a while, the Broncos were lucky to land Hout in their 2008 class. Byron was a three-year letterman at Lake City High School where he was named first-team all-state and 2006 5A Idaho Player of Year by Idaho Statesman. He was also named Idaho Gatorade Player of Year as a senior after notching 80 tackles (20 for loss), three interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 10 hurries, a touchdown and a partridge in a pear tree. Besides the Broncos, Hout had offers from Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, and Eastern Washington.
The Hout [thuh Howt]
Other proposals have been made after the...unpleasantness, but The Hout seems to be the one they always lead back to. It's origins are shrouded in mystery, but I think it might have come about by adding "the" in front of his last name.
As a true freshman in 2008, registered 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Interception and 62-yard return (complete with spin moves!) in 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. Named to All-WAC academic team as frosh. Registered 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in 2009.
I honestly can't think of one. Anyone?
Byron Hout has been contributing since the moment he first stepped on campus. The coaches burned his redshirt year a few games into 2008 and Hout still came away with 27 tackles (6 for loss), four sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry, an interception, a PBU and was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Idaho game. Following a true freshman year like that is a tall order...and yeah, Hout's '09 didn't get off to the best start, but he was able to tack on another 27 tackles (6.5 for loss), 2 sacks, and another PBU. It was evident at times last season that Hout was slumping a bit, but when he's on his game he is hard to stop, and I don't think anyone would argue with 54 tackles and 6 sacks through one's first two years in the program. In 2010, Hout will be moving to linebacker which is, some say, his more natural position—what this will do to the Broncos' current less-is-more linebacker philosophy is anyone's guess. Hout has to be considered a front-runner for MLB even with experienced 'backers like Derrell Acrey returning. Remember, Hunter White has moved to Nickel and redshirt Mooney has been gimpy...this really leaves Acrey, Tommy Smith, and an injured Daron Mackey vying for the glut of playing time there; and despite Hout playing DE for the past two seasons I have to put him at the top of the depth chart right now— an "OR" with Acrey at the very worst. Hout was physical at DE and had a real nose for the ball, so I really can't wait to see what coaches will dream up for him at linebacker. I expect Hout's tackle and sack numbers to improve in 2010 as he dons the collar and becomes a run-stuffing presence in the middle of the Broncos vaunted D. Goose pimples, anyone?
Completely made up fact
At Couer d'Alene Resort's golf course, Byron would pull their famous "floating green" back to land on days with inclement weather...with his bare hands.