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Countdown Schmountdown: #93

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 93 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 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.



#93 Matt Paradis, DT

Now, whether or not Matt Paradis really sews up the #93 jersey or not remains to be seen, but Paradis is a very intriguing local pickup for the Broncos at DT. Paradis, a 6'1" 275 lb. tackle from the thriving metropolis of Council, Idaho spent his prep career assaulting 1A squads across the state. Usually the 1A ranks do not produce a bounty of Division 1 caliber players...but Paradis may be a wondrous exception to that rule—he has good size, excellent productivity, and a great head on his shoulders. All this leads me to believe that Matt Paradis may be one of the best things (besides loggin trucks) to come out of little old Council, Idaho.

Paradis was named the 2008 1A Gatorade Player of the year after racking up 79 tackles and 10 sacks in only 8 games (good). Prior to that little accolade, Paradis garnered 1st team All-State honors on offense and defense as a junior (107 tackles, 7 sacks) and was a 1st team All-State selection on defense as a sophomore.

Seems that Matt had a sweet little gig going there in Council throwing hapless hayseeds around, but after receiving an academic scholarship to Boise State courtesy of the Capital Scholars program, he brought his considerable skills to the blue and walked onto the team in the offseason. If Paradis continues to dominate at the highest level of collegiate football it would be truly remarkable, but certainly not surprising. The Broncos have a long history of finding gems in unlikely places (Canada, the Netherlands...)—Council, Idaho may be as unlikely as they get.

Good luck, Matt.