Today, we've got another O-lineman, but don't worry...tomorrow we'll have another O-lineman.
We have 73 days until the Battle in Seattle, so today I'll highlight the player that wears the #73 jersey—Travis Averill
#73, Travis Averill, RS Freshman, OL
Weight: 292 lbs.
High School: Servite High School, Anaheim, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Averill was a star on the offensive line for national power Servite and has the hardware to prove it. Named the Trinity League Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2011, Averill also garnered first team all-league honors as well as All-CIF, all-county and all-state (2nd team) nods. As a junior, Averill was named All-Trinity League, first team All-CIF and first team all-county and threw in a 3rd team all-state nod as well. Averill chose the Broncos over offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Just don't think we're going to top this, ladies and gents.
The guy from that thing
2011 Trinity League Offensive Lineman of the Year. 2011 first team all-league, all-county and second team all-state. 2010 All-Trinity League first-teamer...first team All-CIF and all-county.
Now that Averill is off of his requisite redshirt year, expect to see a lot of him this Fall. Averill's versatility makes him one of the more intriguing players on the Boise State O-line, and I think he may get a taste of multiple positions in camp and once the season starts before the coaching staff will know just where to line him up for good. In Spring Camp, he was given time at guard, but with Marcus Henry and Spencer Gerke the presumed starters there, and with a bit less depth at tackle, I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see him enter that battle as well. Odhiambo and Leno look to have the early lead at tackle, but I think that Averill could add nice depth there as well, as will Archie Lewis and Avery Westendorf. Honestly, it's too early to tell, but someone with Averill's extensive skill set, is a real boon to the entire line. It's rare that the Broncos make it through a year without at least minor injuries on the line, and depth becomes a precious commodity as the season wears on. Shuffling inevitably takes place and those that can hack it at multiple spots become like gold to the coaching staff. So, really...someone with Averill's background probably should get snaps at both guard and tackle...or at the very least on different sides of the center. Averill is one of the more talented and sought-after O-line recruits we've had in a while so there's no use not plugging him in right away—and right away is close at hand.
Completely made up fact
To toughen himself up for football season, Averill had linemate Mario Yakoo trim his signature buzzcut with a Sawzall and a Weed Whacker.