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Boise State numerical roster countdown 2016: Day 97, Austin Silsby

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

We have just 97 days until the Broncos are once again Rypien up opponents™, today let's take a quick look at number 97 on the Boise State roster—Austin Silsby

#97, Austin Silsby, Junior, DE



Height: 6'3"

Weight: 250 lbs. (+6)

High School: Kuna High School, Kuna, ID

How'd he get to The Blue™?

By making the trek from the Kuna desert to Albertsons Stadium. Silsby was a standout athlete at Kuna High School, playing for coaching vagabond Lee Leslie, earning 3 varsity letters in football and 4 in wrestling. Silsby led his team in tackles as a senior (69) from the outside linebacker position and for his efforts was named second team All-SIC and snagged an invite to the Shrine All-Star game. Silsby walked on to the Boise State football team with the 2013 class.



Yeah, baby...this is becoming a dated reference.



Career highlights

Appeared in two games for the Broncos in 2015, with half a tackle to show for it. Won 3 letters at Kuna High School, culminating with a 2nd team All-SIC selection as a senior. Played outside linebacker for Kavemen as a senior and led team in tackles with 69. Accomplished wrestler, earning 3rd place at the state championships as a senior.

2016 prospectus

When one door closes, another opens...that's the rule when you have kids and are worried about your heating bill but also for football, where a door closed on experienced D-line depth at the end of last season and a door opened for walk-ons, true frosh and lightly-used reserves. Silsby is one such benefactor of the maligned D-line exodus, and the junior local walk-on is already looking like he'll grasp some playing time this fall after a nice little spring. Silsby hadn't done much in the last couple seasons to make Bronco fans really take notice of his presence, appearing in just two games in the two years since his redshirt year, but at the Broncos' annual spring game Silsby registered two sacks and looked like a kid that had benefited mightily from extra practice reps.

Now, the junior certainly looks like a player to watch as the Broncos attempt the Herculean task of replacing 8 departed D-linemen. Silsby could potentially line up at tackle if the Broncos find themselves in a bind, but I think he's a natural at DE and should provide some nice rush options for new DC Andy Avalos. Kamalei Correa is gone, but Silsby, Jabril Frazier, Sam McCaskill, Durrant Miles, and Kaleb Hill collectively should be able to minimize that impact with a solid rotation on the end and incoming frosh like Curtis Weaver, Kayode Rufai, and Derriyon Shaw might also be able to wrest some reps away from upperclassmen. Silsby could be next in a long line of local walk-on success stories at Boise State, and for our sake, I hope he is.—these recurring night terrors over the state of the 2016 D-line just can't continue.

Is he on Twitter?

That's a big nyet.

Completely made up fact

Kuna Caves used to run about a quarter mile north from the entrance...that is, until Silsby visited last summer with a rock hammer. Now the cave system extends all the way to Vancouver.