Numerical Roster Countdown 2013: Day 69, Tyler Horn

Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but the countdown rests for no man.

We've got 69 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 69 on the Boise State roster—Tyler Horn

#69, Tyler Horn, Junior, DL

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Stats

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 264 lbs.

High School: Mountain View High School, Meridian, ID

How'd he get to The Blue™?

When the Broncos want a local standout...they get the local standout. Such was the case with Tyler Horn, the big defensive end that terrorized the SIC for Meridian's Mountain View High School. The 6'4" Horn was honorable mention all-state and All-SIC as a junior, but landed on the first-team for both as a senior. His statlines are none too shabby over that two-year span...95 tackles, 25 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 pass deflections. In Horn's senior year alone, his tackles-for-loss added up to more than 100 yards of lost yardage for his opponents. Rivals.com had Horn pegged as the #2 DE prospect in the state for the 2010 class (still no idea who was ranked higher), but as far as I know, Boise State was the only school to offer.

Nickname

"Bull"

Because Horn can bull his way through opponents and because PUNS.

Look-a-like

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First time I've seen it, but he's got a little Ryan Dinwiddie going on

Career highlights

Named Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Awarded the Idaho Lineman Challenge MVP. Boise State football camp defensive line MVP. Played in eight games as a technical true freshman for the Broncos in 2011—making 7 tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. Played in all 13 games for the Broncos in 2012, with 2 starts. Second on the team in sacks (5) in 2012.

2013 prospectus

The lion's share of the hand-wringing concerning the Bronco D-line this year has focused on the departure of Freshman All-American Sam Ukwuachu (now a Baylor Bear). There's no doubt that losing Ukwuachu affected the overall D-line depth...and I won't argue that he was a big talent with a high-ceiling, but it was Tyler Horn that finished second on the team last season in tackles-for-loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Only all-everything DE Demarcus Lawrence had higher totals (13 TFL, 9.5 sacks) than Horn last year in those key categories, so maybe it's time to reset our expectations about this year's D-line. We're good to go.

Honestly, the only real question surrounding Horn for 2013 is whether he'll stay on the interior at DT, where he lined up for a portion of 2012, or move back out to DE. He's versatile enough to play both, but I think that Boise State's DT depth has rebounded enough with the Spring arrival of Deuce Mataele, the looming arrivals of Nick Terry and Justin Taimatuia and the end of Elliot Hoyte's redshirt season to not necessitate Horn staying inside. Another clue to Horn's position this season may be that he's now listed at 264 lbs., 10 pounds lighter than his listed weight at the beginning of 2012. One does not slim down to play DT. I think Horn becomes a complementary bookend to Demarcus Lawrence this season and helps the Broncos seal the edge in run support for 2013—an area of concern last season. For all Ukwuachu's pass-rushing gifts, he was not the best run-stopper...I think Horn fits that bill much better. Behind Horn (if my DE prediction holds true), I can see frosh Sam McCaskill holding down the 2 spot in the rotation and behind Lawrence, I tend to think Beau Martin gets the nod. Of course, if the coaches feel that Horn is needed at DT, I think he again would be a co-starter, this time next to Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. Either way, we'll see plenty of Horn in 2013 and the Bronco D will be better for it.

Completely made up fact

When Tyler's somewhat large family comes to the games, they always make them sit with the band because they do, in fact, make up the Horn section. /rimshot

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