Hard to believe, but there are under 70 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 63 days until kickoff...but that roster number hasn't yet been assigned, so today we'll highlight a random, numberless player for #63—Kyle Sosnowski
#63, Kyle Sosnowski, True Freshman, TE
Weight: 210 lbs.
High School: Capital High School, Boise, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Sosnowski was a dominant force on the Capital High School squad virtually from day one. The lanky safety recorded 156 tackles, 17 INTs (a school record), and 6 forced fumbles in 3 years on the varsity. For his efforts, Kyle was named first-team All-SIC as a sophomore, junior, and senior and was named first-team All-Idaho as a junior and senior. As Sosnowski was recruited to play tight end, I should also probably mention that he had 9 TD grabs in 2009 on just 19 catches. Sosnowski was also offered by Idaho.
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Just don't confuse him with this guy...
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Since literally the only picture I could find of Sosnowski is him with a ball hurtling toward his face...this seemed fitting.
3 time All-SIC and two time All-Idaho while at Capital. School record number of interceptions.
When Sosnowski signed with the Broncos in February, it was universally understood that he'd be grayshirting this year...well, that's not happening any more. In May, it was decided that Kyle would be redshirting in 2010, and thus participating in summer workouts and Fall Camp. You see, Sosnowski's game at tight end will remind many Bronco fans of another Capital Kyle (Efaw, that is), and by the time he takes the field in 2011, Efaw will be a senior. Sosnowski's redshirt campaign should allow him valuable time with the team learning routes, shifts, formations and most importantly, an extra bit of tutelage from Efaw.
Let me just state, for the record, that when Sosnowski was recruited, I had hoped that the Broncos would leave him at safety. The kid is tall, rangy, and has great instincts as a defender—but the Bronco coaches, in their infinite wisdom, decided that he'd be a better fit at tight end for the Broncos. Sure his resumé at tight end uses considerably less ink, but I think the coaches may be on to something. Any player can be taught to block, but it's a rare tight end that has speed, bulk, hands and blocking ability...in Sosnowski, the Broncos already have 2 of the 4 checked off. Socha will work on the bulk, and coach Huff will get his blocking in order. By the time Sosnowski is game-ready, I think we'll see another tight end in the Efaw/Schouman mold...good blocking, solid hands, and an ability to get open.
Completely made up fact
Sosnowski's father, Steve, played for the Broncos in the 80s. It was his career that inspired the Coen brothers to pen a screenplay called "The Big Sosnowski", which, of course, later was changed to The Big Lebowski to preserve Steve's anonymity.