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Countdown Schmountdown: #81

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The atomic clock actually says that we have just 81 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...

#81 Chris Potter, WR

In June of 2007, Boise State received a verbal commitment from a small wide receiver named Chris Potter out of Oaks Christian High School in California. For the previous 3 seasons, the unassuming Potter had ran down passes from the number one QB recruit in the nation, Jimmy Clausen (now at Notre Dame). After 5-star recruit Clausen graduated, Potter, who had played wide receiver for the previous 3 years, was asked to step into the large shoes that a blue-chip recruit can leave behind and play quarterback for the defending state champion Lions. Potter took the position switch in stride...coolly completing nearly 70% of his passes and rushing for almost 900 yards from the QB spot. Chris Potter's list of scholarship offers looked paltry next to Jimmy Clausen's—I still think we got the better player out of Oaks Christian. Chris Potter can ball.

Chris Potter may be one of the more prolific all-around athletes we've grabbed since Marty Tadman. Like I mentioned before, he threw for 1900 yards and 21 TDs as a senior while rushing for 862 yards and 19 TDs. Yes, Potter was responsible for 40 offensive TDs as a senior, and he wasn't even playing his "true" position. At DB his senior year, he chipped in 36 tackles and 8 INTs...man, this kid is a giver. As a junior, he accounted for 12 TDs (2 passing, 2 rushing, and 8 receiving) while tallying 822 yards receiving (16.7 YPC), 255 yards rushing (9 YPC) and a 64% completion percentage as a passer. I know what you're thinking...he probably sucked his sophomore season, right? Nay...he chalked up 11 TDs as a young soph—completing 77% of the passes threw in special packages while rushing for another 183 yards and catching 37 balls for 671 yards (18.14 YPC). His freshman year, a year when most boys voices are still changing, Potter managed 9 TDs (7 receiving, 1 rushing, and 1 passing). All told, Chris Potter was directly or indirectly responsible for 72 TDs in is career, and nearly 6,000 yards of offense. Oh, and I didn't even bother going into his special teams yardage. He was an easy pick to receive All-State and All-Tri Valley honors 3 seperate times and was named the LA Daily News Offensive Player of the Year. Wow, I don't know if there is much more to say.

Potter redshirted last season and will probably be seen all over the field this Fall. Sprint Option sets with Chris Potter in the backfield and Avery and Harper on the sides are going to take on a whole new dimension. Potter is Tanyon Bissell but faster, a more accurate  passer and with better hands. The Kirby Moore hype and the redshirt year may have made some forget just what a huge pickup Potter was for the Broncos, but soon enough the entire nation will see just what we've added to our arsenal. Potter is a rare talent, and a first-rate baller. Keep your eyes fixed on #81.