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Countdown Schmountdown: #92

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 92 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...

#92 Shea McLellin, DE

Shea McLellin's soft-spoken demeanor belies a fierce competitor. McLellin, a 6'3" 255 lb. DE from Marsing, ID signed on with the Broncos in February of 2007 and joined the team as a grayshirt in January of 2008. The grayshirt, which often serves as a way for recruits to "get up to speed" while not formally beginning their eligibility clock, got McLellin WAY up to speed as a mere 8 months later he was part of the Broncos' starting DE rotation.

In high school, McLellin was what Robert Oppenheimer would've called "a destroyer of worlds" as he dominated the gridiron on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He was named first team All-State as a runningback and linebacker his senior year and finished his stellar prep career by rushing for almost 1,900 yards and 22 TDs and notching 126 tackles, 6 interceptions and 7 defensive scores. That's right, Shea McLellin was a 6'3" 250 lb. runningback and linebacker...in high school! If you can imagine McLellin walking into the endzone with 5 or 6 scrawny defensive backs clinging to him like baby possums...you pretty much get the idea of what his prep career must've been like.

McLellin formally introduced himself to Bronco Nation by blocking an Oregon field goal attempt early in last year's win at Autzen Stadium. Shea's freshman campaign for the Broncos saw him finish with 14 tackles, the aforementioned blocked field goal, and 3 forced fumbles in only 10 games (curse you Adam Korby). With Byron Hout, Ryan Winterswyk and Jarrell Root joining McLellin in the 2009 version of the Four Horsemen, WAC offenses are wetting their collective pants and what this quartet has in store. Where's Hal Mumme with that towel when you need him?