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Countdown Schmountdown: #89

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 89 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...


#89 Tyler Shoemaker, WR


Forlorn fans that have been desperately missing the "Shoe" chant/salute since Derek Schouman's departure now have reason to rejoice...we've got another "Shoe"...and this one should also give us many opportunities to shout. Tyler Shoemaker was put on scholarship right before last year's season opener against Idaho State and then promptly scored two TDs in the rout...a rousing "you won't regret it" signal to the coaching staff.

Shoemaker is a bit of an enigma—his inspired play in the season opener did not lead to a glut of playing time throughout the rest of last year and many still don't give him much notice though he averaged 15.7 YPC in 2008 and lit it up at the Spring game, snagging 3 balls for 138 yards (46 YPC) and 2 TDs. Shoemaker is not flashy or lightning quick (4.6 speed), but is a good leaper (36.5 vertical as a senior) knows how to get open, and makes the most of his opportunities—for this reason, I am placing the "darkhorse" tag on him to start at slot receiver (though I completely overlooked him a few weeks ago in this discussion—mulligan).

The 6'2" Shoemaker was a 3-sport star at Mountain View High in Meridian—getting it done on the hardwood, track and gridiron. His senior year he was named first team All-State at wide receiver after wrapping up his third consecutive spot on the all-academic team. Shoemaker's route-running, work ethic, and smarts will no doubt place him among the other great Bronco walkon-to-star success stories in the next 3 years. Kellen Moore is going to have so many targets for the rest of his tenure that I really don't see how it will be fair to the competition. That's the way we like it.