We are closing in on the halfway point and touch base with a newbie on the OL, #56 Troy Bacon.
#56, Troy Bacon, RS Freshman OL
Weight: 272 lbs
High School: Oak Hills High School, Hesperia, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By shunning the Pac 12 late in the recruiting game. Cal came at Bacon with a late offer to try and nab him from the Broncos, but it was all in vain. The 3-star recruit, rated at #61 nationally as an OL by Scout.com and one of the top 10 OG on the west coast, Troy saw offers from multiple Pac 12 schools as well as handful of MW schools. The fact that he passed up a school in his backyard, one in a P5 conference no less, says something about Troy’s character as well as the program Boise has put together over the last 10+ years.
I know, I know, obvious nickname is obvious. But it is still to early to replace the Original Bacon. And besides, actually having Bacon as your name, the association probably gets old. By the way, have you seen his truck?
Let’s start with him being a 4-year letter winner at Oak Hills. Top 100 at his position nationally. Top 10 offensive guards on the west coast. Rivals.com U.S. Army National All-combine honorable mention. That’s a good start, but let’s continue. He was name first-team all-state, all-county, all-region and all-state his senior year. If you weren’t counting, that is a lot of alls. I think that is ALL of the alls actually. Started 10 games as a junior while garnering first-team All-High Desert League, all-county and all-area honors. As a sophomore, he started 11 games and nabbed second-team all-league honors. He was also named MVP on the OL at the 2011 Nike Combine. Yes, he graduated in 2014. You do the math. To go along with all of those on-field accolades, he earned Honor Roll honors all four years of high school.
While he is young and he does have some players ahead of him, Troy is in a great position. He comes in with a ton of talent and a solid work ethic and will have some seriously good mentors to model after. If he busts his butt, he could very well find himself on the two deep. Now, that could be a long shot, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility. I think this year, Bacon pays his dues in the trenches learning from the vets. He’ll contribute 110% when and where he can this year. I think the time to REALLY watch Troy will be in the 2016 season and beyond. I’m talking watch lists á la Marcus Henry.
Is he on Twitter?
Indeed he is and he’s active! He also doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in the kitchen.
Master Chef Bacon. https://t.co/OxB9cZeau6— Troy Bacon (@t_bacon50) June 21, 2015
Completely made up fact
Despite his last name, Troy won't eat pork for breakfast. He prefers hash browns, pancakes, and ironically enough, green eggs.