Hard to believe, but there are under 40 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 38 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #38 on the Boise State roster—Raphiel Lambert
#38, Raphiel Lambert, Sophomore, RB
Weight: 200 lbs.
High School: Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Lambert was a two-way star for the Jesuit High football team, earning awards and accolades as both an offensive player and a defensive player. Lambert rushed for nearly 2,700 yards in his career, averaging 8.5 yards per carry, and scored 40 TDs. Lambert also caught 48 passes for 426 yards and had 10 career interceptions. A special teams standout as well, Lambert averaged over 34 yards per punt return for the Crusaders. Rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, Lambert received offers from Montana, Portland State, Oregon State, and Boise State.
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Actor Deon Richmond (he played Rudy Huxtable's friend Kenny on The Cosby Show)
Named to Tacoma News Tribune’s Western 100 as a senior. Helped lead Jesuit High to two state championships.
One of many with an ACL injury in 2009.
I don't relish the thought of talking about another running back that may not see the field this year, but here goes...
Lambert was one of the great "gets" of the 2008 recruiting class as we stole him away an Oregon State team that was his early favorite. An all-around athlete at Jesuit in Portland, Lambert was coveted by many for his skills running the ball—but the Broncos recruited him to play cornerback—and that's where he landed during his redshirt year and his injury-sidelined freshman year. Then, somewhat inexplicably, the Bronco coaching staff moved Lambert back to running back this Spring. This move was odd not because Lambert is any slouch at running back—he tore it up at the first Spring scrimmage, gaining yardage at a 6.4 yard/carry clip—but because the Broncos are much deeper at running back than they are at cornerback, and Lambert is behind at least 3 players on the RB depth chart going in to Fall Camp. Lambert, who is listed at 5'7", but I'd say is at least 5'9" and 200 lbs. has an Antwaun Carter build with Jeremy Avery-type quicks and can make tacklers miss or attack defenders as a ball-carrier. Under normal circumstances, he'd be a star for the Broncos, but with the RB depth chart clogged up like parade traffic, he probably won't see a lot of PT in 2010. If he is seen this year, I envision it being in short-yardage or goal lines situations when Doug Martin isn't available or in mop-up duty. I really think that Lambert has the goods to be a strong contributor for the Broncos, but his impact will be felt more once Jeremy Avery departs.
You can follow Raphiel on twitter @ralphskinsky38
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Raphiel is cool, but rude...Michaelangelo is a party dude.