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Countdown Schmountdown: #73

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 73 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.

#73 Nate Potter, OT

Nate Potter is a gentle giant (Dustin Lapray might even say genteel). The 6'6" 275 lb. offensive tackle out of Timberline High (Boise) doesn't look like he'd hurt a fact, considering his string of injuries, the fly may get the be on the winning end of their encounter. Don't be fooled by the Hummel figurine looks and the porcelain nature of his body...Nate Potter can get it done when needs be. Looking at last year's so-so O-line needs be now.

As a senior at THS, Potter was named All-Region by Prep Star magazine and was considered the 85th best talent on 2006 Northwest Hot 100 list. Potter gathered first-team All-State and All-SIC honors as both a junior and senior and didn’t allow a sack during his final year as a prep.

Potter signed on with the Broncos in February of 2006 after a stellar career as a Timberline Wolve Wolf and grayshirted the same year. He redshirted during Ryan Clady's Boise State swan song in 2007 and had the unenviable task of trying to fill the All-Pro's shoes as a frosh last year. While Potter is no Clady just yet...he proved a capable replacement in 2008 when he was healthy—which, sadly was not as often as we'd like. Potter played in every game last year but the opener, but played sparingly in some games and seemed hampered in others. Potter has been hurt throughout the Spring as well, so his status on the O-line is somewhat in question right now. The unit could certainly use his size and reach when Oregon comes to town in September so OBNUG fans can send in cases of Bengay© (c/o Kevan) and he'll make sure it gets to the right place.