The countdown kicks off a new week as we near the end of the 80s. Kickoff in the Jawja Dome will be here sooner than you know it. Endure.
We've got 83 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 83 on the Bronco roster—
#83, Troy Ware, Freshman, WR
Weight: 181 lbs.
High School: Vista High School, Vista, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Ware received second-team all-state honors as a senior playing wide receiver at Vista High School. He also earned first team All-Palomar League honors and was second-team all-league as a junior. Ware made 45 receptions for 699 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and hauled in 26 passes for 482 yards and four scores in his junior year. Ware also earned a spot on the All-Academic Team as a junior and senior. All-league performer in the long jump (good skill set for a receiver). Ware was given a 3-star and a "76" rating by ESPN's recruiting service and also held an offer from San Diego State.
I'm hoping this is the kind of receiving target he'll develop into.
Slam Dunk. Matrix actor Harry Lennix
All-league as a junior and senior. All-state as a senior. All-conference in the long jump as a junior and senior.
Grayshirting is hard on the soul.
2011 will bring major changes to the Boise State wide receiver landscape as both of the Broncos' top performers, Austin Pettis and Titus Young, have gone to the
lockout NFL. Geraldo Hiwat appears to have cemented himself at the top of the list of Titus Young replacements and Tyler Shoemaker will likely be opposite him, but with soph Aaron Burks close behind. Junior Chris Potter is the presumptive slot receiver and no doubt Kirby Moore and Mitch Burroughs will wedge themselves into the depth chart as well. As for Matt Miller, the highly touted Montana product—he sat out Spring Camp nursing his Achilles' but could be a major factor this Fall if 100%. So, now that we've ran down all of the receivers, where does that leave Troy Ware? Well, frankly despite the huge loss of the seniors, depth should not be a concern among the receiving corps and the Broncos could probably afford to redshirt Ware...but probably won't. If Matt Miller was healthy, I could see him nipping at Hiwat's heels, but the fact that he's such a large question mark (Achilles injuries are notoriously hard to recover from) leads me to believe that Ware will be queued up right behind Hiwat in 2011. Ware is probably a little more of a Pettis clone, but he looks like he can stretch the field and definitely caught the eyes of the coaching staff in the Spring. Bottom line: Ware has the measurable and the genes—his father, Tim was a standout at USC and in the NFL—to render a subsequent redshirt year unnecessary. I still don't think he'll be seen early in most games this year, but he'll definitely be ready to spell Hiwat at a moments notice and I think will get in the stat books often this year and beyond.
Completely made up fact
Last season, I talked about Ware's large family and his siblings Sliver, Share, Spy, and Tupper. I failed to mention a slew of other relatives in the Warehouse—close cousins Outer, Under, Mal, and Glass.