We have 92 days until the Broncos head south, so today let's take a peek at numer 92 on the Boise State roster—Paul Semons
#92, Paul Semons, Sophomore, DT
Weight: 266 lbs. (+8)
High School: Eagle High School, Eagle, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Semons walked up the road a spell and walked-on, but was far from a nobody in the southern Idaho football world. As a senior, Semons was named first team All-SIC and first team all-state after registering 39 tackles (36 solo) and 5 sacks for the Mustangs. As a junior, Semons was a force as well—wrapping up that campaign with 48 tackles (42 solo), 2 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Semons' twitter handle is hard to improve upon.
Wisconsin-era JJ Watt. If he can play like him this year, all the better.
Named first team All-SIC and first team all-state as a senior in 2013.
Semons was and is a largely unheralded member of the Boise State football team, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll stay that way. There are too many walk-ons in the Bronco timeline that have inserted themselves into the line up and asserted themselves on the field to take any of them lightly, and Semons happens to line up at a position of need for 2016, so all bets are off. Semons appeared in just one game for the Broncos last season—the blowout win over Idaho State—but it's still as much playing time as other redshirt freshmen could claim and experience is experience. In a year where the Broncos are bound to be short on said experience, anyone with a fundamental understanding of the playbook and more than a month in the program has to get serious consideration.
I don't have any inkling where Semons lies in the current D-line pecking order—because we're not even really sure where players will line up yet this fall. Semons is just one of two players listed at tackle (the other is Elliot Hoyte) and the other contenders won't fall into place until summer draws close to an end. Suffice it to say, we have more than two men on the roster that can play DT, we just don't know who will...and the incoming freshman will only muddy those waters. It's no stretch to believe the sophomore will see his playing time grow exponentially this season as the Broncos try to stanch the bleeding from graduations-aplenty (as well as one ear-biting dismissal—guess who). Semons main competition could be a host of true frosh—it's not ideal, but that's where we're at. Coach Caldwell will really earn his salary this year.
Is he on Twitter?
I can't math...— Paul Semons (@Biggiepauls16) January 20, 2015
Completely made up fact
Paul paid for his first year at Boise State by opening a small lemonade stand off of Broadway in Boise. "Semons Lemons" is now available for franchising.