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Countdown Schmountdown: #78

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The atomic clock actually says that we have just 78 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.

Today, I'm going to have to do something a little bit different. You see, Boise State does not have every number from 1 to 99 assigned as of yet...so today (and all other days where this occurs) I will highlight a walk-on or new addition to the team that could have the number that we've currently landed on. If that made any sense to you at all, we'll move right along.

#78 Charles Leno, OT


It seems only fitting, as I highlight Ryan Clady's new number today, that the player that is already drawing the most Clady comparisons get the spotlight. Charles Leno is a 6'5" 255 lb. offensive tackle from San Leandro High School in Oakland, CA. He may well be the steal of the 2009 recruiting class for the Broncos. He's already got the frame to be Clady-esque and he's said to possess the quick feet as well. A mammoth frame, a good motor, and he runs like a tightend? What more could we want besides 4 clones? Leno was only rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com. This should sound familiar to fans of Clady as he was given the same grade by scouts. ESPN's recruiting analysts saw through the Scout.com smokescreen and had nothing but high praise for Leno...eventually tagging him with a solid 79 rating and gushing the following about the big man:

Leno is on prime time when he's on the field. He has very good size and is extremely athletic. Runs more like a tight end than a tackle; gives great effort when leading downfield on the screen pass or getting crossfield to pick up a defender. Plays the game with a great sense of urgency and gives 100% every play.

Leno could easily play defensive tackle if the need arose as he was second team All-Conference at that position as a senior. His natural fit is obviously at offensive tackle, where he was first team All-Conference and All-Metro for the Pirates. Leno was named "Cream of the Crop" as an All-Bay Area performer and lettered 3 times on the basketball court as well. Bronco Nation should be just crazy excited about this kid's potential. Look for him to get serious consideration for PT this year, but to ultimately redshirt and protect Kellsy in 2010 and '11.

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