86 days until the Broncos face the Louisiana humidity (and a football team). Today let's look at #86 on the Boise State roster—Chase Blakley
#86, Chase Blakley, Sophomore, TE
Weight: 239 lbs. (+5)
High School: Coeur d'Alene High School, Couer d'Alene, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Through the persistence of ex-OC Eliah Drinkwitz. Blakley was a seemingly firm UW commit for the better part of a year and hadn't even been offered by Chris Petersen's Boise State staff. Well, after Chris Petersen went to Seattle, Blakley no longer felt he was as highly prized as was warranted and the incoming Boise State staff made keeping the Northern Idaho stud in-state a major priority. So major, in fact, that Eliah Drinkwitz showed up at his CdA doorstep at 12:01 AM the morning the dead period ended. Blakley caught 47 passes as a senior for 762 yards and 11 scores and helped lead his team to a state championship. As a junior, he had 51 receptions for 598 yards and 7 TDs. Blakley was named the Preseason "Mr. Football" for Idaho prior to his senior season by MaxPreps and was named first team all-state on both offense and defense at the season's close. Blakley was rated a 4-star player and #8 at his position nationally by Rivals/Yahoo! and also was named the #1 player in the state by 247Sports.com. Blakley held offers from EWU, Florida, Idaho, Idaho State, Washington (obviously), and Wyoming. It's safe to say that list would have been a lot longer too if he hadn't been so thoroughly committed to the Huskies for so long.
Padres OF Matt Kemp
99 career receptions for 1,379 yards and 18 touchdowns. Awarded 4-stars and 8th best TE in the nation distinction by Rivals. Led team to state title in 2013. Was named first team all-state on offense and defense in 2013.
Mighty Achilles. The Greek Hero of the Trojan War rarely lends his name to anything good nowadays. Now, when we utter the warrior's name it's to lament that his "heel" has ended another Bronco's season early. The last to take Paris's proverbial arrow to the heel was Mr. Blakley, who had to sit out his redshirt freshman campaign last season due to the tendon tear. Some players are not the same after an Achilles injury, and some are Matt Miller...who slip the surly bonds of earth after healing Achilles' eponymous tendon. Everyone in Bronco Nation is hoping that Blakley follows the model set by the great Matt Miller and starts hauling in passes early and often. The Broncos have a ton of talent at tight end, but have been snake bitten by injury. Having a full complement of players in 2016 is really going to open up the passing game, and you may recall that Brett Rypien does pretty good things with an open passing game.
Blakley is easily one of the most decorated and anticipated TEs in this rather solid group, but we just haven't got to see much of what he can do...yet. If healthy, I'd like to think he can be the total package blocking and catching tight end that really flourishes in the Boise State system. I'd like to think that he can push Dhaenens for TE2 reps. I'd like to think he can be the next great Bronco tight end. But we just don't know until he puts on the pads and goes full speed against real competition. If he follows the Matt Miller recovery model, he may not be 100% this season, but should be able to contribute. As a junior and beyond, however, I think he'll be difficult to keep off the field—and having him thrown in with our other TEs in jumbo sets could be a scary proposition for opposing defenses. Outside the newbies that will arrive next month, I don't see why any of the five active TEs on the roster shouldn't see the field in 2016—the scary thing (for them, not us) is there isn't a senior among them.
Is he on Twitter?
Great feeling to be back on the Blue working with the team again— Chase Blakley (@chase_blake208) May 31, 2016
Completely made up fact
Blakley once ate his weight in funnel cake at the Northern Idaho Fair.