We're just shy of single digits. Look at your hands and count your fingers. That's how many days are left!
We've got 10 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #10 on the Boise State roster—Jeremy Ioane
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai'i
High School: Punahou School
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Ioane was ranked the No. 6 recruit in the state of Hawai'i by Scout.com and the No. 74 safety in the nation. At various times throughout his his school career, he played safety, running back, quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker for Punahou. Ioane was named first-team All-State in 2009 by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and was a first-team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection as well. Ioane also earned first-team All-ILH honors as a junior. Ioane was offered schollies Utah, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, and Notre Dame, eventually choosing the Broncos over the Fightin' Irish (derogatory???) on Signing Day.
"Big Kahuna" - 'Kahuna' means "an important person or person in charge". Pretty fitting for Ioane... just ask opposing receivers who run across the middle of the field.
The Father of Modern Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku
After playing 10 games as a freshman in 2011 (with a start against Georgia), Ioane was a force for the Bronco defense in 2012. He recorded 70 tackles (40 solo), three interceptions, and a double-front flip interception (that was called back... boo). Plus, this picture:
He also helped lead Punahou to the Hawai'i Division I state championship as a junior in 2008.
In 2010, fans expected Ioane to be a star. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and he redshirted. In 2011, fans expected Ioane to be a star. He started the season opener (due to suspension) but it sill didn't happen. In 2012, fans expected Ioane to be a star and, you know what, it happened. The problem with heralded recruits, even ones who turn down Notre Dame, is that when they don't burst onto the scene from Day One it seems kind of like a letdown. In retrospect, Ioane arrived right on schedule for the Broncos and will be a dominant three-year starter.
Ioane and fellow starting safety, Darian Thompson, will look to improve on last year. Don't get me wrong, they were terrors for opposing players. Run defense and decision-making, however, were suspect at times. Fresno State's Derron Smith and L.J. Jones have been getting recognized as the best safety duo in the Mountain West. But let's get real people, we all know how Fresno State handles expectations. Expect Ioane and Thompson to stand out as the best duo in the league, if not the country.
Completely made up fact
Ioane was the inspiration for the movie Predator.