We've got but 76 days until kickoff, so today I'll highlight the player occupying the #76 jersey—Jerhen Ertel
#76, Jerhen Ertel, Senior, OL
Weight: 282 lbs.
High School/College: Bagdad High School, Bagdad, AZ/Glendale CC, Glendale, AZ
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Ertel was a late addition to the Broncos 2014 recruiting class after spending the last two seasons at Glendale Community College. Ertel played 8-man football in tiny Bagdad, AZ (basically halfway between Las Vegas and Phoenix) before heading to Glendale to pursue his football dreams. I'd say things worked out pretty well for him, as he started every game for the Gauchos his first two seasons, playing both guard and tackle.
You're gonna get pecked.
Looks a bit like actor Rory McCann ("The Hound" from Game of Thrones—may he rest in peace)
Saw action in one game for Boise State in 2014. Started every game for Glendale Gauchos in 2013. Started every game for Glendale in 2012.
I was inclined to believe that Ertel would get a bit more playing time last season, but it just wasn't meant to be. All told, Ertel played in just one game for the Broncos in 2014, but starts and playing time rarely tell the entire story. The Broncos again look to be stacked on the O-line this season, losing not one single starter from last year's MWC championship team. So, it seems somewhat logical that Ertel's path to playing time wouldn't be drastically better in this, his last year of eligibilty—HOWEVER, players rarely stagnate from one year to the next and I'd expect Ertel to be better prepared in his second season in the program and frankly, depth charts can change in a hurry.
Ertel played both tackle and guard at Glendale CC, so he's got the requisite versatility the Broncos look for in their lineman and I think could move around in 2015 to areas of (relative) need. In 2014, Ertel pretty much started and ended the season at right tackle, sitting right behind Stephen Baggett, but didn't ever really enter a regular rotation of any kind. It's hard to find a spot to really shoehorn in the big man, but it's comforting to know he'll be around if we need him.
Is he on Twitter?
I can't imagine there's more than one Jerhen Ertel, but this account is decidedly dormant and probably not worth one of your valuable follows.
Completely NOT made up fact
A google search of the term "jerhen" leads you to jerhen.com—which as you probably already know is home to Jerhen Industries...the world leader in industrial vibratory feeders (remember, I said this is NOT made up).