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Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 60

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Hard to believe, but there are under 70 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 60 days until kickoff...but that number has yet to be assigned (officially) on the Bronco roster, so today we'll highlight a random, numberless soul for #60—Darren Lee

#60, Darren Lee, True Freshman, LB



Height: 6'2"

Weight: 205 lbs. 

High School: Lassen High School, Susanville, CA

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Lee may yet have a few years before he's on the Blue™, given that he's rumored to be embarking on a 2-year church mission, but he's part of the 2010 recruiting class, so we'll give him his due. Lee was a multi-sport star at Lassen High, lettering four times in track and field and in wrestling to supplement his gridiron achievements. Lee was named first-team All-State for Division III as a senior and the Northern Athletic League Defensive Most Valuable Player. Lee also was named first-team all-league as a junior, and in his two years with the varsity, he recorded 141 tackles and rushed for over 1,300 rushing yards. As far as we know, Lee's only offer was from the Broncos, but they liked him enough to make him a signing-day addition to the class.


"Buddy" [buhd-ee]





Career highlights

Named first-team All-State for Division III as a senior and voted Northern Athletic League Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Career lowlight

Having to wear uncomfortable loafers for the next two years.

2010 prospectus

We shan't be seeing Lee for a little while...which is good in that it frees up a scholly for in a recruiting class that had very few to give. It is also bad because, according to Coach Pete, this kid is for realsies. Both Petersen and Coach Choate were sky-high on this kid after visiting Susanville to take a look at him and offered him a scholarship in that Lee accepted, with one "little" caveat. Lee will be serving a two-year church mission and probably won't sniff the Blue until 2012. On LOI day, Pete raved about Lee, but also lamented that Lee can't join up sooner:

"(Lee) is a Boise State football player, Boise State student athlete, all the way," Petersen said. "The only thing that’s a bummer for us on our side is we’re not going to get him right away."
Opposing coaches often have nice things to say also. Right, Central Valley coach, Matt Hunsaker?
"His motor never stops," Hunsaker said of Lee. "He’s phenomenal to watch. Not a super back, but hard-nosed and a great linebacker."
Thanks, but that "not a super back" part reeked of sour grapes.

No one really knows what the linebacker landscape will look like upon Lee's return. Recent verbal Emil Smith will be there, as will JC Percy, Tommy Smith, Allen Mooney, and John Michael Davis. If Lee's as good as advertised he'll be worth the wait. Dallas Dobbs and Michael Ames are proof that rejoining the team after a mission can work. Just eat hearty, kid.

Completely made up fact

It was Lee's idea to put Pringles® in tennis ball cans.