We're just shy of single digits. I'm starting to think this season might actually happen.
We've got 10 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #10 on the Boise State roster—Jeremy Ioane
#10, Jeremy Ioane, Sophomore, Safety
Weight: 197 pounds
High School: Punahou High School, Honolulu, HI
How'd he get to The Blue?
Ranked anywhere from the 6th to the 9th best prospect in the state of Hawaii in 2009 and hailing from powerhouse Punahou High School (Barack Obama's alma mater), Jeremy Ioane was basically a stud on the gridiron at virtually every position he tried. At various times, Ioane played safety, running back, quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker for the Buff 'n Blue, but it was safety where he really left his mark. Ioane was named first-team All-State in 2009 by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and was a first-team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection as well. Ioane earned first-team All-ILH honors as a junior. A baseball star as well, Ioane helped the team to state championships in 2008 and 2009. Rated a 3-star player by scout.com and rivals.com, Ioane fielded scholarship offers from Utah, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, and Notre Dame.
I just can't change this one until it at least comes to fruition. No, pun intended.
The resemblance isn't striking...but this one is aspirational. Plus, the hair growth from freshman year to sophomore year was impressive. At this rate, the Polamalu look might not take long to achieve.
Played in 10 games for the Broncos in 2011, with one start coming against Georgia. HIgh school highlights? He helped lead Punahou to the Hawai'i Division I state championship as a junior in 2008.
Ioane is one of the biggest recruiting "gets" in recent memory and from all accounts has miles of potential, but sometimes waiting for that potential to be realized can be excruciating—that's definitely the boat that I think Bronco Nation is in right now with Ioane. Some thought that Ioane would be good enough to start as a true frosh, but with George Iloka and Jeron Johnson still in the secondary, that was more wishful thinking than anything. Then, many were surprised last season when he couldn't overtake seniors Cedric Febis or Travis Stanaway in camp and then even more suprised that after a surprise start against Georgia when Febis was decommissioned, that we never really saw Ioane much again for the rest of the year. Sure, it's hard to pass up seniors at that position when you're just a redshirt freshman, but it's certainly happened at other spots, and if anyone could've done it, I would have guessed Ioane was the guy. So what is the issue? Not sure. Some say that Ioane has just not been as quick to grasp the Bronco D...and others are saying that he's just played too conservative. Frankly, I think the first excuse feeds directly into the second, and that's why Ioane has been a late bloomer. He's got the talent, he's now got some experience...he just needs to put it all together.
In 2012, it looks like it's "so far, so good" for Ioane. He was widely praised for his effort and progress in Spring Camp and logged a nice interception in the scrimmage. Now, in Fall Camp, Ioane again has drawn praise from the coaching staff and media and nearly had a pick in the open Fall Scrimmage on Saturday. Of some concern—Ioane's grasp of the strong safety spot isn't nearly has vice-like as some might have thought, with Hazen Moss getting some reps with the 1s this weekend as well. I think that Ioane will be our eventual starter come August 31, and if he plays with the same kind of aggression and bad intentions that we saw in his high school tape, he'll be a staple for the next 3 seasons. In fact, if both Ioane and presumptive free safety Lee Hightower play up to their potentials, our secondary looks like it could be downright scary this year.
Completely made-up fact
Many know that the word Hawaiian word "aloha" means hello and goodbye. Ioane has really embraced that concept this season as he says "hello" to wide receivers coming over the middle and "goodbye" to their teeth simultaneously. Aloha!