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Countdown Schmountdown: #83

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The atomic clock actually says that we have just 83 days until the Ducks hit the blue turf (hard).

So, today we'll continue our countdown by briefly highlighting the Bronco player with the jersey number that corresponds with the number of days remaining till the opener. Sorry there isn't a more clear and concise way to explain that.

And we're off...

#83 Sean King, TE

When you look at walk-on tightend Sean King's bio page on broncosports.com, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Sean King really loves football. On a roster loaded with kids who were the best at their position in their state or region, Sean King wasn't even the best tightend in the Treasure Valley while attending school at Boise's Timberline High. The biggest accolade that Sean King probably received as a prep baller (beside an Honorable Mention All-SIC mention) was the "Most Improved Player" award that his coaches bestowed on him as a senior. So...why is Sean King here, of all places, playing for a perennial power like the Broncos? Because he wants to...and that's just fine by me.

I've pretty much already listed Sean King's accomplishments...5 passes for 70 yards as a senior, one year at College of the Redlands where he caught 3 passes for 23 yards...redshirted last season after walking on in January. I don't think it would be a stretch to say that Sean King would probably fall below incoming freshman on the tightend depth chart...but he worked hard enough to improve drastically in high school; played a year of JC ball for prep and here he is, probably at his dream school, and he is living the dream. Not all players have to start to have a significant impact on their team or their peers. Remember Jovan Hutchinson? Hutchinson was never the best at his position either, but he worked hard, practiced hard, and motivated the heck out of his teammates. Stats-obsessed viewers (I count myself one) may never see Sean King's on-field worth...heck, they might never even know who he is—but I'd be willing to bet that if he can stick with it, he can leave an indelible mark on this team and community. And who's to say that he's not one more "Most Improved Player" award away from contributing in a far more tangible way?