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Boise State numerical roster countdown 2016: Day 41, Will Heffner

Today we will be exploring the one and only (or 2,360,000th, according to Bing—apparently only a slightly less common name than ‘Michael Johnson’), Will Heffner

#41, Will Heffner, Freshman, LB

(Photo courtesy of


Height: 6’2”

Weight: 210 lbs

High School: Bishop Kelly High School, Boise, ID

How'd he get to the Blue™?

By being a champion! No, really. Heffner was part of that Bishop Kelly class that recently won back to back state titles. In his junior year, he was only able to contribute in 4 games before BK’s version of the turf monster got him and he was out for the year. However, as a senior, Will had 41 receptions, for 745 yards, and a total of 895 all purpose yards. In addition to that, defensively, Heffner had 79 tackles, 3 picks, two TDs, and 4 (FOUR!) blocked kicks. His father was a Bronco receiver between 1987 and 1990, and he is also the nephew of former BSU assistant and current Indianapolis Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano.

(Highlights, courtesy of HUDL)



Because the boy just makes plays! Not for any other reason. He’s just a Hug(h)e deal!


Mark Strong, from The Kingsman and basically every Ridley Scott movie made in this decade. But with hair.

Hard to compare the two from this photo (or any other) because Mark Strong smiles about as often as action stars run away from explosions at realistically safe speeds. So virtually never.

You’ll just have to trust me because I watch a lot of movies. Especially Ridley Scott ones.

Career Highlights

None so far in college that were searchable by the Google machine. However, I’d imagine that recently being crowned a state football champion even once isn’t exactly a lowlight. Let alone twice.

2016 Prospectus

Will redshirted last year, so he still has some time left in the program. That’s a good thing because if his BroncoSports bio is correct, he’s still fairly light for an FBS linebacker, so he’ll have time to add some girth to his already ideal height. There’s also the matter of the embarrassment of riches this roster has at the linebacker position presently. Like ‘yelling “I love Chewbacca!” at a Star Trek convention—not because you’re trying to be a tool, but because you legitimately think its the same thing, embarrassing. So, while anything is possible, for at least the next season, as a walk-on, it seems likely that Heffner will be positioned to primarily learn from at least 2 of the more solid players in the storied history of Boise State linebackers.

Is he on Twitter?


Completely made up fact:

Being Chuck Pagano’s favorite nephew, Will was actually in the Colts’ war room when Jim Irsay drafted Andrew Luck. He was actually the reason for this, as Irsay was about to announce his selection of the yet-to-graduate-or-even-enter-the-draft Johnny Manziel, No. 1 overall. Because they’re both dudes that like to party hard, he wanted a new wingman that operated on the same wavelength as him. Will slapped him, told him to pull himself together, and the Colts have gotten a 3x Pro Bowler since 2012 for the trouble. Unfortunately, this didn’t save Jim Irsay from getting a DWI