The days are starting to move faster now; the end is near-ish at 94 days! We are jumping back to the D-Line today and learning about #94 on the Boise State roster—Sam McCaskill.
#94, Sam McCaskill, RS Junior, DE
Weight: 255 lbs
High School: Sheldon High School, Eugene, OR
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Sam had a small, but solid list of suitors, including both the Broncos and Oregon State. He visited Oregon State, but eventually committed to the Broncos on February 1st of 2012, just prior to LOI day.
Based on his HS tallies and what he’s been able to do as a younger D-lineman, I thought this was fitting. Plus, as someone from Eugene who didn’t want to play for the Ducks, I’m not sure there could be a better nickname.
Sam had a stellar career at Sheldon HS in Eugene, OR. He jumped around between both OL and DL, but it was evident from his stats that D-Line was where his heart was. According to Broncosports.com, Sam led the state of Oregon in tackles (115), sacks (16) and was name the Southwest Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He played both DE and C his senior, and while his stats on OL were amazing, it’s obvious his finally landing place at Boise State would be on the D-Line. At Boise State, his RS Freshman year he served as a backup and special teams player, but still registered 7 total tackles as well as a sack. Last year, he starter 13 games and registered 26 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Sam is in an excellent position to start at DE this year opposite Kamalei. That isn’t to say he won’t have competition, because he most definitely will. I have heard that Tyler Horn could be moving back out to his original position at DE. He is, however, coming off an injury. Sam is the longest tenured and most experienced of the traditional DEs, even though he spent some time on the interior last year. I think that experience could help him shed some blocks. Randell McNair will also be a senior vying for playing time. Durrant Miles, Kaleb Hill and Jabril Frazier are all on that list, though I’m not sure who, out of those 3, would be in the best position to push any of the more veteran players. Frazier has some raw physical talent and he put on some weight over the last year. Kaleb Hill has a ton of upside, though I think he could even play OLB, but that’s me. And I have no idea what condition Miles is in, but if his experience is anything like Darren Lee’s post-mission, it won’t be fun. All in all, I think Sam’s chances of starting are good, but far from assured.
Is he on Twitter?
Honestly I’m not finding one, but if you know of one, I know a guy that needs to know… His Instagram is @sammccaskill though, if you’re interested or whatever.
Completely made up fact
As a test to his abilities, Sam played blindfolded most of his senior year and realized not only was he ridiculously good at tackling people, but he was even better at it blindfolded. Scientists are still testing as to why and how, but they are surmising that Sam is somehow able to disrupt the space-time continuum and can see the plays before it happens.