23 days is just a shade over three weeks and that's all that stands between the Broncos and real life football. Today let's look at #23 on the Boise State roster—Damion Wright
#23, Damion Wright, RS Freshman, S
Weight: 189 lbs.
High School: Bishop Mora Salesian HS, Los Angeles, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By being awesome (obvi). A consensus three-star athlete (Scout/Rivals/247sports) Wright played QB while at Fontana Jurupa Hills (in 2013), and did quite well. With 2,512 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and 1,000 yards rushing, while adding another 18 rushing touchdowns. At Bishop Mora Salesian as a defensive back he helped lead his team to the CIF semifinals. He switched to defensive back between his junior and senior seasons and committed to Boise State as such. Even going so far as to shut down his recruiting, despite overtures from the likes of Florida, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington. The only offers, though, were from Boise State, Idaho (eww), and Navy. Most likely because of the recruitment shutdown.
This is all too real.
All-Angelus League First Team as a senior. Along with his impressive QB stats, he was All-CIF Southern Section East Valley Division Offensive Player of the Year.
Frankly, I have not heard much about Damion's play in camp or otherwise. It could be that my ears are just not attuned to hearing his name, or it could bode un-well for his playing chances this fall. But, I'll be honest...I haven't heard much about any safety depth behind Messrs. James and Sumner-Gardner which makes it a cause for considerable worry when I'm laying awake at night. Between my nightmares of owning a Pronto Pup franchise and seeing Brian Polian headed for the entrance, and my recurring triple-option night terrors, it's a minor miracle I get any sleep at all. Currently the lanky and Iloka-esque Evan Tyler is listed as James's backup and Cam Hartsfield sits directly behind DSG, but I have a feeling this rotation could be rather fluid once the season begins. I think Wright fits more in the "BS" or "boundary safety" category, and as such would be a better fit behind Sumner-Gardner, but like I said before, the secondary depth chart has been a closely-guarded secret and we may not know how the pieces fit until kickoff.
I think Wright has the "Wright stuff" (sorry) to make an impact on the field for the Broncos and his history of playing on both sides of the ball should give him unique insight into the workings of opposing offenses. I won't pretend to know where Damion currently sits among the safety unit, but for our sake...I hope he becomes another viable option because there is safety in numbers and at safety we just don't have those numbers...yet.
Is he on Twitter?
It Amazes Me To See How Beautiful And Hard Working A Mother Is…Happy Mother's Day To All Of The Moms Out There #NothingsLikeAMothersLove— R.I.P Cousin SAM (@dj_kam) May 8, 2016
Yes, and he'll go far in life with this mindset.
Completely Made Up Fact
You've heard the phrase "born with two left feet", well Damion was born with two right feet meaning that Wright is all right.