Next up is another WR, this time a local product and the last player in the 80’s: #80 DJ Dean.
#80, D.J. Dean, RS Sophomore, WR
Weight: 194 lbs
High School: Eagle High School, Eagle, Idaho
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Basically by being totally awesome. As a senior, he was named MVP after catching 56 passes for 801 yards and 5 TDs, rushing for 121 yards, and making 77 tackles, 6 INTs, and forcing 2 fumbles. No big deal. He dabbled in shooty hoops as well, but football was where he excelled. He was listed as a 2-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and 247 and received offers from Boise State and Idaho.
The best way to start your day!
Andrew Garfield, sort of?
DJ has not had a lot of chances to bolster his resume. The majority of his work was done as a standout WR at Eagle High. Dean grey shirted in 2012, joining the team in the spring of 2013 where he unfortunately tore his ACL during spring camp. He appeared in 4 games during the 2014 season, though primarily on special teams.
The top of the WR depth chart is cemented with Sperbeck, SWR and Anderson. But, the 2’s are wide open, more or less. With Rick Smith returning, Cottrell coming on, and AJ Richardson having a solid spring, Dean will need to step up his game. He had a lot of fan fare coming out of Eagle, but his injury slowed down his progress and could potentially have hurt his chance at seeing the field. He has the talent for sure, but he will be fighting an uphill battle this fall. The WR position has been on a bit of a roller coaster the last year. Miller coming into his senior season was set to break records, then BOOM—out the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Then, Sperbeck, Anderson and SWR make the loss of Miller bearable and bring Hedrick up to a new level. Rick Smith is injured in what appears to be a locker room spat, potentially out indefinitely, then we sign Cottrell in late spring and Smith’s return is announced. AFTER that, Troy Ware tears his ACL and is officially done with football and Tanner Shipley retires. Wowzers. Even with the losses of Shipley and Ware, Dean will have to stave off incoming freshmen Bryan Jefferson and Akilian Butler as well as walk-ons Brock Barr and Terrell Johnson. Then there is Sean Modster, Taylor Pope, and David McKinzie! My head is spinning, how about yours?
Is he on Twitter?
I seem to get the players that don’t want anyone to contact them on social media. No Twitter for this guy.
Completely made up fact
During his grey shirt year, he spent time training to be a synchronized sky diver. While football is his main passion, death-defying aerial acrobatics remains his second. This was all brought on by his love for getting large garbage bags and jumping off his swing set, hoping to parachute safely to the ground.