78 is the atomic number of platinum. Coincidentally, that is also the number of days remaining until Boise State's opener. Today let's take a gander at #78 on the Bronco roster, shall we? Survey says it's Andres Preciado
#78, Andres Preciado, Sophomore, OL
Weight: 286 lbs (+13)
High School: Mar Vista High School, Imperial Beach, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Preciado was a surprise recruit in the fact that at the time of Bryan Harsin's commit-trumpeting "Go Broncos" tweet, the most common reaction was "Who?". At 6'6", you'd think that Preciado would be hard to miss, but that's exactly what most people (myself included) did. The more you investigate Preciado though, the more there is to like—even if he didn't have the stars or fanfare attached to his name. Preciado was a two-time team captain at Mar Vista and was selected first team All-CIF as a senior. As a sophomore, Andres was selected second team all-league. Not only was Preciado a force on the football field, but he was a standout basketball and baseball player at Mar Vista as well. Possibly Preciado's biggest feats were reserved for the classroom, where he was a 4.3 GPA student, class president, a Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete (both junior and senior seasons), and a four year student body finance commissioner (is this like a CPA?). Here's a nice little article about Preciado that shows just how busy an individual he was.
Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
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Played in 3 games for the Broncos in 2015 as a redshirt freshman. First team All-CIF as a senior in 2013. Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete as a senior in 2013. Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete as junior in 2012. 2nd team all-league as sophomore in 2011. Too many other academic accolades to list.
We've got 14 O-lineman currently on the Bronco roster and since the incoming true freshman WILL redshirt unless Ryan Clady walks though that door, we're pretty much at the ride or die stage with the guys we've got. Also, consider that early enrollee Kole Bailey is still a true frosh and I think we're running with a bakers dozen along the O-line. Personally, I think that's plenty, but you are always going to have some dents and dings along the way and the rotation is bound to get tighter. Consider also that the Broncos will lose nearly half of that haul to graduation at year's end and I think it becomes important to get the younger guys in the mix regardless of them starting or not. Preciado did get the requisite playing playing time against Idaho State last season and also found his way into two other games, so experience-wise, he's poised to take the next step.
When current Seattle Seahawk Rees Odhiambo was injured last season at left tackle, Preciado was mentioned as a possible replacement and his reps increased, so I think it's fair to say that Andres is fairly well-versed at the rigors of the tackle position. His somewhat lighter weight and lankier frame also tend to make me think that he isn't a top candidate for a guard position, so look for Preciado to push Archie Lewis and Auburn-transfer Will Adams at the position. I tend to think that RS frosh John Molchon is in a good position at a tackle spot as well, but we'll see how the guard/tackle numbers shake out in the fall. I really like Preciado's background and he seems like just the type of multi-sport, fleet-of-foot tackle that Boise State has become so adept at making into stars. If Preciado doesn't crack the starting rotation this year, next year will be a golden opportunity.
Is he on Twitter?
Surprisingly, there are a lot of "Andres Preciados" on Twitter...and one even has Preciado's number in his twitter handle...but I don't think that's our man.
Completely made up fact
Preciado has caught all the Pokemon, but now has no idea what to do with them.