We're just 34 days from the Awkward Bowl, so today we'll look at the player that currently wears the #34 jersey—Skyler Seibold.
#34, Skyler Seibold, FR Freshman, S
Weight: 193 lbs
High School: Chaparral High School, Temecula, California
How'd he get to The BlueTM?
Seibold was a lightly-recruited running back/safety prospect out of Temecula's Chaparral High who graduated in 2013. For the Pumas, Seibold rushed for 1,541 yards and 17 touchdowns over his final two seasons, earning him second-team All-Southwestern League honors as a senior after garnering first-team All-Southwestern League as a junior. As a senior, Seibold's production dropped significantly from the year before (571 yards compared to 943 the year before) which could be a main reason for the lack of scholarship offers. In a somewhat interesting strategy, Seibold didn't enroll at a university until the spring of 2014. Essentially, he grayshirted, only in this case, there was no promise of a scholarship waiting for him once he arrived. He joined the Boise State program as a walk-on and participated in spring ball.
Geez, what a disappointing movie
Seibold was a multi-sport standout in both football and track lettering four years on the gridiron and three years on the oval. Is that the proper term? He earned second-team All-Southwestern League on offense as a senior after being named first-team All-Southwestern League as a utility player as a junior in 2012.
If anything, Seibold will be in the running for best safety hair on the team—a title currently held by Dylan Sumner-Gardner.
Beyond that hotly contested spot, Seibold will find himself embroiled in another uphill battle this Fall if he wants to see the field, but with experienced depth somewhat lacking at safety, Seibold's time with the team may be the biggest asset he has (besides the majestically feathered coiffure). Boise State currently has 10 safeties listed on the roster...of which 3 are true freshman (Evan Tyler, Darreon Jackson, and Damion Wright) and 2 others are walk-ons (Seibold, and Brandon Brown). One other—Kam Miles—has already appeared on the initial depth chart as a nickel, so now you see why the first safety depth chart of Thompson, Hartsfield, Sumner-Gardner, and Chanceller James is so tentative. The way the Broncos use players in the defensive secondary, it's hard to imagine that they won't want at least six able bodies ready to go and if that's the case, walk-ons or true frosh are a virtual lock to see the field. Next week, when the countdown gets into the thick of the safety unit, we'll probably venture a guess on the 3-deep, but for now, I'll just say that Seibold has some work to do in camp to be considered, but it's far from a Herculean task. I think with a little grooming, he could end up being a Travis Stanaway type role player for the Broncos—a capable back-up and big time special teams competitor. And like all walk-ons, we'll be rooting hard for him to find his niche and earn his way.
Is he on Twitter?
Fast times at ridgemint high is awesome spicoli is great and I got to wake up early sweet— Skyler Seibold (@seibold34) July 7, 2012
Completely made up fact
In reality, Seibold is a walk-on from California...in Dungeons and Dragons, however, he's an epic level mage with 20 strength and 30 charisma.