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Countdown Schmountdown: #16

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 16 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.

We're close, Broncos...we're close.

#16 Cedric Febis, DB

The Netherlands must be tucked right down near southern California the way the Broncos are recruiting there lately. Actually, the glut of Dutch players can be traced to the number of raw athletes calling Boise home on foreign exchange trips. Who knew that you could play football in wooden shoes? All I know is the Broncos have landed some very gifted athletes from the Netherlands of late (Geraldo Hiwat, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe in the 2009 class), and while they're in need of some coaching, should all be contributing soon. Sophomore DB Cedric Febis may just be the one who opened up the hot, new recruiting pipeline. Here's how...

After playing two seasons of club football (American football, that is) in Holland, the 6'3" Febis came to the states on a goodwill mission to help Cody Hawkins win one last state title at Bishop Kelly. In Febis' only year of playing organized prep football, he made 51 tackles, 2 INTs, and 6 pass breakups for the Knights en route to an undefeated season and a state title. His efforts were also good enough to garner him first team All-SIC honors and second team All-State accolades...oh, and a football scholarship to play for the best football program in the U.S. if not the world (hyperbole, thy name is Drew). Febis redshirted in 2007 and contributed mainly on special teams in 2008. He notched 4 tackles on the season and regaled many Bronco teammates with tales of Amsterdam's famously loose moral codes. Word is that Febis has finally clicked and is playing the Boise State safety position with new vigor. He's still behind fellow soph George Iloka on the depth chart, but look for Febis to contribute this year if only in a supporting role. His patented windmill tackle is a sight to behold.