Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 36, Aaron Tevis

By my count, there are only 6 days until Fall Camp opens. I've always thought the best part of Fall Camp was the S'mores and sing-alongs.

We've got 36 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #36 on the Boise State roster—Aaron Tevis

#36, Aaron Tevis, Senior, OLB

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Stats

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 232 lbs. 

High School: Canyon Del Oro High School, Tucson, AZ

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Arizona has become a hot recruiting bed of late, thanks to the efforts of coach Scot Huff (who's an Arizonan himself). That's where Aaron Tevis was found—a three-sport letterman at Canyon Del Oro High in Tucson who played tight end and linebacker on the football squad. As a senior, Tevis was named to the All-Southern Arizona football team, the 4A Sonoran Region first team, and was all-state at both positions. Tevis was named Southern Arizona Co-Player of the Year, won the Golden Helmet Award (MVP), and was named area's best defensive back in his final season at CDO as well. Tevis finished his senior campaign with 637 receiving yards, 80 tackles, 8 sacks, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He earned regional or all-state honors as a junior and sophomore as well. Tevis was the 2006 regional shot put champion. Tevis received a 5.4 rating from Rivals.com and held offers from Wyoming and UNLV.

Nickname

"Gumby"

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Seriously. This is really his nickname. In retrospect, I should have nicknamed J.C. Percy "Pokey".

Look-a-like 

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Jason Street from Friday Night Lights

Career highlights

Received Ultimate Work Horse award as a redshirt in 2007. Named to the All-WAC Academic team in 2008. Made 3 interceptions in 2009. Started 10 games in 2010. Made ridiculous one-handed pick-six against San José State.


Career lowlight

Struggled with a foot injury at times last year and missed practice time in the Spring.

2011 prospectus

Tevis had another good year in 2010, although it wasn't quite as good statistically as 2009. Still, the lanky OLB finished the year with 46 tackles (2.5 for loss), 1 sack, and 2 INTs (one of which you just saw). Tevis still wound up behind his co-starter, J.C. Percy in total tackles, but I don't think that's any reason to suggest that Tevis is a step below Percy in any way...they both have their strengths and one of Tevis's is his range. It's not often that the Broncos have fielded linebackers that are tall or athletic enough to disrupt passing lanes like Tevis can, and the pick-six against San José State was a perfect example of that. Quarterbacks have enough to worry about with Billy Winn and the rest of the stellar D-line bearing down on them, but when "Gumby" and his long arms are necessitating pinpoint accuracy on short passing routes, it's a whole other headache for signal-callers.

I see no reason why Tevis won't have just as big an impact in 2011 as he has the previous 2 1/2 years for the Broncos. He should be good for 45–55 tackles and will be the biggest interception threat among the LB corps. He'll likely split time right down the middle with J.C. Percy once again and add a solid presence on the outside to compliment Hout roving the middle. I'd also look for Tevis to be the OLB called upon in sure passing situations. Tevis has an outside shot at an all-conference year if his tackle and INT numbers both rise. One thing for sure is that we'll really miss Tevis' playmaking ability on D next year.

Heartwarming human interest story?

Sure.

Completely made up fact

As a service project in high school, Tevis knitted sweaters for the poor made entirely of collected pocket lint.

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