Hard to believe, but there are under 50 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 47 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #47 on the Boise State roster—Dan Paul
#47, Dan Paul, Junior, FB
Weight: 241 lbs.
High School: Sam Barlow High School, Boring, OR
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Paul earned 5 letters at Sam Barlow High School in Boring, OR—3 in football, and 2 in track and field. Dan was named first-team all-conference as linebacker and second team-all-conference as an offensive lineman in both his junior and senior years and was honorable mention all-state at linebacker and offensive lineman in both years as well. As a senior, Paul was named team captain and defensive MVP, and was a finalist for the scholar-athlete award. Aside from football greatness, Paul was a gym rat and won the Oregon weightlifting championships with a 355 lb. bench, 355 lb. power clean, and a 600 lb. squat. Paul camped at Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington, but only received an offer from Boise State. He grayshirted and joined the squad in January of 2008.
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Dan is a hard-headed fullback that attacks his blocking assignments with bad intentions. I think it fits.
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Amazing 3 TDs in 4 career receptions. At 240 lbs., was matched only by CB Ebo Makinde in the vertical jump. As a blocking back in 2009, paved the way for Bronco rushing attack that amassed nearly 200 yards/game.
Me comparing him to Razor Ramòn.
Originally recruited to play linebacker, Dan Paul arrived with at Boise State surrounded by high expectations. Originally signing with Boise State as part of their 2007 recruiting class, Paul grayshirted and joined the team in January of 2008—by the time the 2008 season had hit 8 months later, however, it was clear that no further "shirts" were needed for Paul and he played in Boise State's season opener against Idaho State and registered two special teams tackles. Soon thereafter, word came down from on high (Chris Petersen's office) that Paul would be converted to fullback and serve as Richie Brockel's primary backup. Paul continued to get playing time on special teams and as a blocking back, and finished 2008 having played in 12 of the Broncos 13 games.
2009 started out much like 2008 for Paul, who had now fully metamorphosed into a brutal blocker and special teams demon. Richie Brockel was still the Broncos main man at fullback until a freak foot injury against Idaho ended his season. Amazingly, Paul's transition to starter was seamless—especially so given the fact that Brockel was considered the top pro prospect at the position until his injury. Two games later, against Nevada, Dan Paul showed that he had the hands to match his blocking skillz (the "z" is for represents extra skill) hauling in 3 TDs against a baffled Wolf Pack that bit on the fake time and again. Paul also was a key blocker for Doug Martin on his game-clinching TD dive in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, notably blowing up LB Tank Carder...observe!
Now that Paul has put up some freakish weight room numbers (team-leading 37-inch vertical, 401 lb. hang clean, 575 lb. back squat), it's no surprise where his effective blocking comes from. From the above picture, you can see that Paul puts his whole body into blocking, and finishes each block as well. With the type of explosive athleticism that Paul displays, he may (gulp) be better than Richie Brockel when all is said and done. Expect a big year from Paul opening up running lanes for the RB committee, protecting Kellen Moore, and tearing heads off in special teams.
Completely made up fact
Paul recently donated his chest hair to Locks of Love.