The first 30 days of the countdown are in the books. That went rather fast, didn't it?
We've got 69 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at number 69 on the Boise State roster—Tyler Horn
#69, Tyler Horn, rsFreshman, DE
Weight: 256 lbs.
High School: Mountain View High School, Meridian, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
When the Broncos want a local standout...they get the local standout. Such was the case with Tyler Horn, the big defensive end that terrorized the SIC for Meridian's Mountain View High School. The 6'4" Horn was honorable mention all-state and All-SIC as a junior, but landed on the first-team for both as a senior. His statlines are none too shabby over that two-year span...95 tackles, 25 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 pass deflections. In Horn's senior year alone, his tackles-for-loss added up to more than 100 yards of lost yardage for his opponents. Rivals.com had Horn pegged as the #2 DE prospect in the state for the 2010 class (still no idea who was ranked higher), but as far as I know, Boise State was the only school to offer.
Watch out for Chicken Hawks.
Private Mellish from Saving Private Ryan
Named Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Awarded the Idaho Lineman Challenge MVP. Boise State football camp defensive line MVP.
Grayshirting is the pits.
If the season started to day, besides the countdown being mercifully over, I believe Tyler Horn would make the two-deep at defensive end. After grayshirting (and packing on 30 lbs.) in 2010, Horn still has a redshirt to use if necessary, but from what I saw in Spring Camp, I don't think it will be. Injuries mounted in the Spring that forced Horn into action, but from all accounts, he looked like he belonged, proving a disruptive force on the Bronco D-line who could definitely contribute in 2011. Clearly, Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford will be running the show at the end positions, but behind them, it's the picture is much muddier. Senior Jarrell Root likely has one of the "2" spots wrapped up, but at the other end, it's a 3-man race between Nick Alexander, Kharyee Marshall, and Tylor Horn. Marshall got some good minutes in 2010 and, once Fall Camp starts, might have a slight edge over Horn—at least in the experience category—but Marshall still is having trouble packing on the lbs. (he's currently still under 220), and I think that Horn may be able to supplant him in the all-important physicality department and seize the majority of the 2nd team reps. That was a really long sentence.
The bottom line here is that whether Horn is on the 2nd team or the 3rd team...he's too good to need a redshirt year. He's got a mean streak in him and I think before all is said and done, he'll be a 3-year starter for the Broncos. Now go out, kid, and prove me right.
Completely made up fact
Last season, I mentioned Tyler's grandfather, French, and his cousin Alpen. Further examination of his family tree, turns up great-uncle Shoe, and second-cousin Flugel.