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Boise State numerical roster countdown 2015: Day 66, Mario Yakoo

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It sure seems like we have one hundred offensive lineman, doesn’t it? Regardless, we are happy to have everyone of them, including resident heavy-weight Mario Yakoo, #66.

#66, Mario Yakoo, RS Junior OL

Mario Yakoo

Stats

Height: 6’4"

Weight: 327 lbs

High School: Steele Canyon High School, San Diego, CA

How'd he get to the Blue™?

Mario took the traditional route, as most players do, and came to BSU right after high school. Mario’s story has a bit of a twist, though, as he made a 9-month stop at UCLA. He had offers from Air Force, Arizona, Eastern Washington, Oregon State, San Diego State and UCLA.  He had originally committed to UCLA in June of 2011, but things changed prior to signing day. According to a Scout.com article, he had "problems with admissions". With so few days left to sign, the Broncos jumped in and offered and he accepted January 29th of 2012.He was listed as a 2-star recruit on Scout and Rivals and a 3-star recruit on 247Sports.

Nickname

"Super Mario Yakooza"

Super Mario Yakooza

Photo credit to eduardovieira via deviantart.com

I somehow found an image of all these things combined. Thank you Google.

Look-a-like

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

Career Highlights

He was a 3-year letter winner at Steele Canyon. He earned honorable mention All-Grossmont League as a sophomore, named second-team all-league and first-team all-academic selection his junior year, and All-Grossmont league First Team and first-team All-CIF San Diego County as a senior. He redshirted his freshman year. During his red shirt freshman campaign, he played in 13 games, making his first start at right guard against New Mexico. Was named Fall 2013 Academic All-Mountain West. He started all 14 games his sophomore year at right guard, and as has been stated before, was a part of an offensive line that helped the Broncos lead the Mountain West in scoring with 39.7 points per game an second in total offense with 494.3 yards per game.

2015 Prospectus

The position of right guard is Mario’s to lose at this point. As I’ve stated in previous articles, there is a lot of young talent on this OL, but they need to get some experience. Mario will be with the team for two more years, which will be plenty of time for him to bring up his young padawans. We lose Henry, Odhiambo and Ertel this year, but we will still have Baggett, Lewis, Averill, Buhr, and Yakoo for two more. I see no reason this shouldn’t be the most dominant OL in the MW and one of the most dominant in BSU history. old words, I know.

Is he on Twitter?

The big jet-set fella certainly is!

Completely made up fact

Growing up, Mario had a fascination and a passion with the kazoo, not only because it rhymed with his name, but he enjoyed the sound it made. He spent his early years learning how to play it. He did it so well, he was scouted by the NKPA (National Kazoo Players of America) where they fast tracked him to stardom. He was in prime position to reign supreme at the National Kazoo Players Championship in 2009. His heart was broken when he was beaten by a better player, Kaz Zoo from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who had been born and bred to with this championship. Mario laid down his Kazoo and decided to take out his aggression on the football field.