Numerical Roster Countdown 2013: Day 28, Dillon Lukehart

Fall Camp starts in 2 days. TWO. DAYS.

We've got 28 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #28 on the Boise State roster—Dillon Lukehart

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Stats

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 202 lbs.

High School: Eagle High School, Eagle, ID

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Lukehart was a nowadays ultra-rare "Idaho de-commit" as he first jumped on a Vandal offer not knowing if the more coveted Bronco scholly would materialize—it did, and he dropped the Vandals like hot rocks, in the process, scarring Dave Tester for life. Lukehart was first-team all-state as a running back and defensive back as a senior and voted SIC Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,824 yards and 26 touchdowns. On the defensive side of things, he racked up an impressive 106 tackles his senior year as well. As a junior, Dillon ran for 1,049 yards and 20 TDs.

Nickname

"Dragonhart"

Look-a-like

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Actor Ricky "The Schrode" Schroder

Career highlights

Saw action in all 13 Bronco games as a reserve safety and special teamer in 2012. Named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012 and was also named to MWC All-Academic Team. Scout Special Teams Player of the Year as a redshirt in 2011. SIC Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. First team All-SIC on defense in 2010. Offensive and Defensive All-State (first team). Voted Eagle High School Athlete of the Year.

2013 prospectus

The Broncos lost two of last year's safeties to off-field issues (Hightower and Agbaroji), but somehow look a bit deeper from top-to-bottom in 2013. Part of this is the successful rehab of Taylor Loffler and the successful redshirt of Chanceller James. The other part is the emergence of Darian Thompson as a solid free safety and Jeremy Ioane as an imposing strong safety. Lukehart has been a dominant player for the Broncos in his own right, earning Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012...exactly a year after winning Scout Special Teams Player of the Year following his redshirt season. Lukehart's made his presence known on the cover teams, and this season may well make his presence known on defense, as he's listed as Ioane's primary backup at strong safety heading into Fall Camp. It's not clear yet where Loffler or James will line up at the respective safety positions, so I'm not sure how the strong safety race will completely play out, but Ebo Makinde has moved from corner into Thompson's primary backup role. I don't know about you, but I feel much better with 3 solid guys at each position than the question marks we endured last year. Lukehart fits the Bronco strong safety mold quite well and should do well as a reserve. I think Ioane will have the position locked down for two more seasons as long as his health holds up, but I think Lukehart can continue to be a Travis Stanaway-type of safety valve and will be one of our top special teamers throughout his Bronco tenure. Look for Lukehart to nearly double his tackle output from a year ago (15) and once again make a play for Scout Team MVP honors.

Completely made up fact

Although Lukehart never actually signed with the Vandals, his one-time verbal commitment still forced the Broncos to inoculate him against Vandalitis before he was able to suit up.

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