We have 71 days until kickoff, so today we'll highlight #71 on the Bronco roster—Rees Odhiambo.
#71, Rees Odhiambo, Senior, OL
Weight: 303 lbs
High School: Mansfield Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Odhiambo, a native of Kenya, has only lived in the U.S. since 2000 and only started playing football his junior year after Mansfield coaches spotted him in a P.E. class and begged him to come out for the team. Odhiambo caved in, hit the weight room and quickly became a huge (and I mean huge) force for the fortuitously named Broncos—garnering honorable mention all-league honors in only his 1st year playing the sport and then nabbing 2nd team all-conference honors his senior year. In Odhiambo's final year at Legacy, he recorded 26 knockdowns and 14 pancake blocks while also being named academic all-district and receiving the Teacher's Choice Award. Apparently other schools were scared off by Odhiambo's lack of experience and the Broncos extended him his only D-1 offer. A few schools suddenly became interested once he committed to the Broncos, but Odhiambo knew where he belonged.
Except this version would crush that lazy, lasagna-loving cat.
Jeremy Avery with gigantism
Appeared in 10 games for the Broncos in 2014, with 9 starts. Named 2nd Team All-MWC after 2014 season. Appeared in 8 games, and started each one in 2013 before being sidelined with an injury. Named to Academic All-MWC team in 2013. Named to Academic All-MWC team in 2012. Appeared in six games for the Broncos as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Earned "Ultimate Goon" award from strength coach Tim Socha in 2011. Allowed just one sack as a senior at Mansfield Legacy. Earned 2nd team all-conference honors. Back-to-back academic all-district distinctions.
If you can still remember the Bronco starting O-line from the Fiesta Bowl, I have good news...you should be able to duplicate it for the home opener on September 4th. That means, (from left to right), you should see a front 5 of Odhiambo, Averill, Henry, Yakoo, and Baggett. Of course, things can change...but this quintet is fully capable of getting the job done in pass protection and lane-opening that will be key to getting past the Huskies. Odhiambo is our best left tackle, that much is clear—and we're far better with him in the line-up...unfortunately, Odhiambo has been the one lineman that frequently is snake-bitten by injury. In fact, Odhiambo—for all his strengths—has yet to put a full season together for the Broncos. Last year, he came the closest and was rewarded with second team All-MWC honors. I'm confident he can land back on the all conference team and drastically improve his draft stock if he can enter the season fully healthy and (this is the tough part) stay that way. Odhiambo's first career start came against the Huskies in 2013 and I expect the first start of his final season as a Bronco to be against the Dawgs as well. We all hope the outcome of those two starts end up drastically different, and that this is the season that Odhiambo shows what he can do from start to finish.
Is he on Twitter?
Been way to long since I had sushi!— Rees odhiambo (@Rees_o71) June 16, 2015
Completely made up fact
Odhiambo challenged Mario Yakoo and Armand Nance to a buffet-off back in March. Odhiambo led for most of the evening, but in the end, Nance won by a leg (a turkey leg).