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Countdown Schmountdown: #80

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 80 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...

#80 Kyle Efaw, TE

Hopefully you can forgive the lateness of today's post as I really had to dig deep to find the motivation to do another tightend highlight. Fortunately, we won't have another tightend featured until late July and today's is a heart-warming local-boy-makes-good piece, so drink it in.

Kyle Efaw is part of the growing number of Capital High School Eagles (Boise, ID) on the Bronco squad. He is joined by DE Jarrell Root and new recruits OL Bryant Thomas and WR Geraldo Hiwat. To my knowledge this current slate of Capital products are the first since FB Brad Lau was menacing the blue (Cade Hulbert had a short stint in between). Efaw, a 6'4" 225 lb. tightend, played in all 13 games last year and pulled in 262 yards on just 17 receptions. He possesses great leaping ability and, in my humble opinion, can stretch the field and slip coverage better than the rest of the current crop of TEs. Efaw averaged 15.4 YPC last season, yet scored no touchdowns...this is a hump he's bound to get over this year in short order.

Efaw's only offer after a stellar sports career was from the Broncos, and it's odd that he didn't get more attention after the versatility he showed as an Eagle. Efaw was named first team All-State and All-Conference as a tightend, defensive back and punter his senior year after catching 53 balls for 675 yards and 10 TDs on offense, racking up 51 tackles and 2 INTs on defense, and averaging 35 yards/punt. He was also an All-Conference talent in baseball and basketball. If they'd invented more All-State or All-Conference awards to give, it's a safe bet that Efaw would've selfishly gobbled those up too. It's certainly no stretch to think that Efaw could double his offensive output this season for the Broncos, but the crowded receiving and tightend corps may keep touches too evenly dispersed for any one player to corner the market. Even so, I think that Efaw will probably lead all tightends this year in overall yardage and get off the scoring schnide before the Broncos head to Fresno on September 18th.

There's something in the drinking water at the high school  at the corner of Milwaukee and Goddard, folks...the new recruiting pipeline runs through Capital High.