Hard to believe, but there are under 60 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 55 days until kickoff...so today we'll take a look at #55 on the Boise State roster—Chuck Hayes
#55, Chuck Hayes, Junior, DT
Weight: 290 lbs.
High School: Eaglecrest High School, Aurora, CO
How'd he get to The Blue™?
As a three-year letter winner at Eaglecrest High, Hayes played on both the offensive and defensive lines. As a senior, Hayes was named first-team all-conference on offense and was first-team all-conference, all-state, and All-Colorado (which you'd think would be the same thing as 'all-state') on defense. Hayes was voted team captain as a senior and was a back-to-back winner of the Heart of a Champion award. Wyoming, SDSU, and Colorado State also offered. Boise State was the clear-cut winner.
Our 5th best D-tackle and our 19th president. The original odd couple.
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Played in 8 games for the Broncos in 2008 and 2009. Made four tackles against Fresno State in 2008. Finished 2008 having registered half a sack.
Season-ending ACL injury in 2009.
Hayes has had a somewhat frustrating start to his Bronco career. After redshirting in 2007, hopes were high that Hayes might be able to step right in at DE or DT in 2008, but with a crowded end rotation and a emerging superstar in Billy Winn, Hayes found his path harder than expected. In 2008, Hayes only saw time in 5 games, registering 6 tackles (4 of which came against Fresno State). His 2009 started with a Will Lawrence-esque turn with the O-line in the Spring, but by the time the curtain had lifted on Fall Camp, he was back on the defensive side of things having gained the requisite bulk that comes with a contemplated O-line swap. 2009 started with Hayes probably no worse than 5th on the depth chart behind Billy WInn, Chase Baker, Darren Koontz, and JP Nisby (Michael Atkinson was serving a suspension) and his 4 tackles in his first 3 games played put him on course for a much more productive year than 2008. But then, the torn ACL fairy that hovered around the Bronco team in 2009 struck Hayes and his season was over almost as soon as it had began.
So...before the 2010 season gets underway, the big question surrounding Hayes is the health of his knee. Hayes' twitter doesn't reveal much, but maybe that's a good thing—business as usual for the big man as Fall camp looms and summer conditioning and PRPs are underway. Now, with the knee question aside, where will Hayes fit into the DT rotation this Fall? As we've discussed on numerous other countdowns, there's so much depth at DT that your ears will pop. Behind Winn and Baker, the presumptive starters, I expect Koontz, Atkinson and Nisby to be the 2nd tier, Greg Grimes, Matt Paradis and Hayes will probably be nipping at the heels of the latter mentioned and newcomers Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and Justin Jungblut are talented, but unknown quantities. When I highlight our final numerical DT (Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe), I will publish what I predict to be the "order of finish" in the great DT race of 2010, but for now I'll just say this: Hayes has some work to do. Do work, son.
Completely made up fact
Hayes had to sit out the Spring scrimmage, not because of his knee, but because of a bad case of "Nintendo thumb".