We have 72 days until kickoff, so today I'll highlight #72 on the Bronco roster—Marcus Henry
#72, Marcus Henry, Senior, OL
Weight: 296 lbs.
High School: Bellevue High, Bellevue, WA
How'd he get to The Blue?
Henry was one of the best lineman in all of high school Washington back in 2010, earning Kingco Conference Lineman of the Year, first-team All State, and a state championship his senior year (the second of back-to-back "champies" as the kids call them these days). He committed to Boise State early enough that the big-time offers never materialized, save for a late desperate plea from Washington.
Apparently, the meaning of the name "Marcus" is hammer. This can't really be improved upon.
I can't not post this picture.
Named to 2015 Rimington Award watch list (best center in college football). Started all 14 games at center in 2014. Named first team All-MWC after 2014 season. Started 12 games for the Broncos in 2013, missing only the season finale to injury. Named to MWC All-Academic Team in 2013. Played in 11 games as redshirt freshman in 2012. Earned first team all-state honors as a senior, as well as KingCo Conference Lineman of the Year. Helped high school team to back-to-back state titles in '09 and '10.
I'd guess you could say the "Marcus Henry to center" experiment was a rousing success. A far bigger success than my fish tacos experiment—should've used halibut instead of tuna I guess. I was mildly surprised during summer camp when Henry announced that he was better at center than he ever was at guard—this considering that he'd appeared in 23 games at guard and had done pretty well for himself. Well, it turns out that Henry wasn't being cocky...he was better at center and immediately followed in Matt Paradis's All-MWC footsteps at the position. With another good year, Henry will likely have bigger fish to fry than landing on All-MWC teams...NFL type fish (again, probably halibut). Henry is as close to a Bronco ironman as we've had on the O-line in a while and I love his determination and versatility almost as much as I love the smarts he brings to the position. It's been said before that the center is the quarterback of the offensive line and the cerebral part of Henry's game matches his brawn—it's a good combo. Look for Henry to hold serve at center this Fall and if he stays healthy (knock on wood), should repeat as an All-MWC pick and become an attractive target for NFL GMs. And if you think he's not blipping on radars yet, look no further than his inclusion on the Rimington Award watch list and this article by ESPN, which named him the best "72" in the country.
Is he on Twitter?
Early signs point to "no"
Completely NOT made up fact
I saw Marcus playing frisbee with his girlfriend at Camel's Back Park back in April. I guess you could say I'm a pretty big deal.