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Countdown Schmountdown: #24

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 24 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. Drew's computer exploded five days ago, so pardon the delays while I find a new arrangement and pick monitor glass out of my forehead. We should be back up and running tomorrow.

And we're off...

#24 Malcolm Johnson, RB

Malcolm Johnson's highlight tape is nearly 8 minutes long. Considering that running plays, no matter how long, take up between 2 and 10 seconds of film start to get a pretty good idea of just how sick a career Johnson had at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon. Johnson may just be the next big thing at Boise State...and soon enough that Bronco Nation still hasn't really had time to get over that other Johnson yet. Whether the start of his Bronco playing career starts this year or next, be prepared to witness an ordinary looking player doing some extraordinary things. Malcolm Johnson is that type of back.

You may want to read and re-read these stat lines...7,457 career yards...68 rushing TDs...a 204 YPG rushing average in his senior year. Yeah, Malcolm Johnson's stat sheet reads like an Ayn Rand novel, so here's the abridged version: Malcolm Johnson is one of if not the best running back to EVER come out of the state of Oregon. He was named first team All-Mt Hood at running back and defensive back as a senior and garnered All-Conference honors at RB in his sophomore and junior campaigns as well. He was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section on December 15th, 2008 and was named the ESPN player of the week after a 458 yard rushing performance (on 36 carries=12.7 YPC). His highlight tape could be a mini-series (check it out below...pop some popcorn), and he got good grades, too. I am, frankly, beyond excited to see this kid strap it up...he's going to be a special one. Now I'll go all Levar Burton and say: "you don't have to take my word for it."