Numerical Roster Countdown 2012: Day 81, Dallas Burroughs

Man...the 80s really flew by, didn't they? Let's hope the 70s follow suit when they start on Tuesday.

We've got 81 days until kickoff, so today we'll highlight #81 on the Boise State roster—Dallas Burroughs

#81, Dallas Burroughs, Sophomore, WR

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Stats

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 172 lbs.

High School: Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian, ID

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Ran—and quickly I might add. You all know by now that Dallas is the younger brother of Bronco wideout Mitch Burroughs. The Burroughs clan has football in their blood, and Dallas might be the best of the bunch. At Rocky Mountain, Dallas earned three varsity letters in football and made first team all-state and All-SIC as a senior after hauling in 75 receptions for 1,358 yards and 14 TDs and rushing for another 304 yards on 20 carries. Dallas won state championships on the track in the 100m and 200m in 2011, shattering long-standing records in the process. Burroughs fielded scholarship offers from Army and Utah State along with his Bronco offer, but luckily for the Broncos, blood is thicker than bad football.

Nickname

"Blue Blazes"

Works on so many levels.

Look-a-like

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My gosh...they could be brothers!

Career highlights

Featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in June 27th issue. Shattered 25 year-old 100m record at state track meet by posting a wind-legal 10.34 time—also one of the nation's best on the year. All-state and All-SIC in football as a senior. Appeared in all 13 games for the Broncos in 2011 and hauled in 9 receptions for 175 yards and a score.

2012 prospectus

You probably didn't realize that Dallas Burroughs had appeared in all 13 of the Broncos' games last season—honestly, I didn't. But when he did "show up" in 2011, it was rather conspicuous as his speed was on full display. Straight line speed isn't everything to a football player...but if it was, the younger Burroughs could quite possibly be the 3rd fastest player in all of college football according to Heismanpundit.com. That's lofty company for a true sophomore from Meridian, Idaho...and our offensive coaching staff is well aware of the deep threat potential that Burroughs possesses—so too are Bronco opponents, which could be a great thing for the Broncos. It wasn't long ago that Titus Young was lined up at wideout and commanding double coverage or making the opponents pay dearly. I foresee Burroughs being able to have a similar effect on the Bronco passing game—leave him in man coverage and he'll burn 'em deep...double cover him or force the deep safety to account for him and the passing game opens up underneath...I love the possibilities. I think both Burroughs brothers will have good seasons, but I think this will be the year that Dallas really starts to leave his mark, and I think we see him in numerous positions on offense ala Vinny Perretta. If he can even come close to last years YPC (19.4), a 3 to 400 yard season is easily attainable and I'd also look for his scoring opportunities to increase.

Completely made up fact

Dallas claims that he patterns his game after a popular German athlete from the 1940s—the V-2 rocket.

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