Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 61, Joe Kellogg

Happy 4th everybody! Today, I'm approaching the countdown just like I do my fireworks...I'm going to light the fuse, then run.

We've got 61 days until kickoff...so today we'll take a look at #61 on the Boise State roster—Joe Kellogg

#61, Joe Kellogg, Junior, OG

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Stats

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 299 lbs. 

High School: Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, AZ

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Kellogg was only a two-year letterman at Saguaro High School, but man, did he make the most of it. As a junior, Big Joe helped his team to a state championship and a 13-1 record, then followed that up with a 14-0 run (sound familiar?) that ended in another state championship. His senior season garnered him a slew of honors as well, as he was named first-team all-state and All-4A-1 Desert Sky Region. Then he was named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A-1 All-State first team, the Arizona Republic All-Arizona team, the Coaches All-State first team, the All-Tribune first team, the Desert Sky Region first team, the Arizona Varsity/Rivals.com 4A-1 All-State squad, and the Scout.com 4A-1 All-State team. I'd list the other teams that he was named to (yes, there were more), but I want to be able to finish this article without my carpal tunnel flaring up. Despite Kellogg's impressive number of awards, he was only rated a 2-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com—which may be one reason that Boise State, who scoffs at the star rating system, was the only school to offer Kellogg even after he'd attended camps at Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado.

Nickname

"The Ginger Giant" [jin-jer jahy-uhnt]

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Patriarch of the O'doyle family (and all of his progeny).

Career highlights

Honored with city of Scottsdale's City Athlete Award while at Saguaro High. Also won National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and Victory of Honor Award. Played in 10 games in 2009 for the Broncos, with one start (against Tulsa). 10 starts at left guard in 2010. Named to All-WAC Academic team in '09 and '10.

Career lowlight

Did not play against Idaho, Fresno State, and Hawaii in 2010, due to injury.

2011 prospectus

Kellogg's best asset (other than his brilliant shock of red hair) is his consistency. That's why I'd put him right next to (literally) Nate Potter as the most reliable member of the Bronco O-line, and with all the mystery surrounding the 2011 O-line depth chart, Kellogg is one of the only guys I truly feel comfortable pencilling in before Fall camp. Another thing that makes it easy to predict Kellogg's place is the fact that there isn't much ambiguity about where he belongs on the line—he's a natural guard, and left guard is where he'll be come September 3rd. The next bit is a bit harder to predict, and that is whether Kellogg will be an all-conference performer in 2011. I say that if he remains healthy, Kellogg will make the All-MWC first or second team at guard. He's just gotten better and better during his time at Boise State, and I really think that in 2011, he's due for a breakout. The good kind.

Completely made up fact

in 2009, Kellogg joined a class-action lawsuit against the Wendy's restaurant chain. The suit claims that the Wendy's logo is discriminatory to redheads, and that the frosties should come in larger sizes.

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