The atomic clock actually says that we have just 50 days (I know, I know...be patient) 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..
#50 J.P. Nisby, DT
J.P. Nisby is a scary dude. Not "having to watch Nights in Rodanthe scary" or "Rosie O'Donnell scary", but "man, that guy looks like he could tear my arms off and beat me with them scary". From the moment that young Nisby came to Boise State, he has impressed with his strength—the kid bench presses over 425 lbs. and squats over 675 lbs.—both great stats if you want to be able to cast aside huge linemen. Like anyone with a focus on strength, however, cardio is often overlooked...and thus far, the only thing stopping Nisby from becoming an unstoppable killing machine is his stamina (and maybe flexibility). If Nisby can last at least a series on the interior D-line before being spelled by Winn, Baker, or Atkinson...we'll have another DT that commands a double team. Nisby could be that good, let's hope this year he is.
J.P. is the grandson of NFL great John E. Nisby, who played for the Washington Redskins in the 50s and 60s. The younger Nisby played his high school ball at Saint Mary's High in Stockton, CA alongside fellow scary guy Doug "Mad" Martin. Nisby was a 2-year letterman at Saint Mary's, where he earned All-State, All-Area, and All-League honors as a junior and All-Area awards as a senior. He was presented with the Stockton Hall of Fame Award in 2006, which I imagine is an award given out by John Stockton (really, what else could it be?). Nisby played in seven games for the Broncos in 2008, notching 8 tackles. Obviously, J.P. will need to work on not getting gassed so much if he is going to make a significant impact in 2009, but it's hard to believe that he hasn't already made great strides. It's like my mom always used to say "If Mike Atkinson can do it, so can J.P. Nisby". Nisby will be ready to roll this year...be scared.