21. It is a milestone for a lot of things. Here in the United States it is the last barrier to being a “full adult.” Of course, you really don’t get full benefits (like cheaper insurance or renting a car) until 25. But I digress. Today marks 21 days until football, the king, returns. With that, let us take a look at LaDarryl Blair.
#21, LaDarryl Blair, RS Freshman, CB
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 182 lbs (+2)
High School: South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas, Texas
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Because he is kind of good at football. And while in high school he was all over the field for his teams (he had transferred high schools between his junior and senior year). He had played QB as a junior and logged 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. His senior year he lined up at WR and caught 33 passes good for seven touchdowns. That athletic ability translated into a consensus three star rating from ESPN, Scout, and Rivals. That, in turn, garnered him offers from the likes of Arizona State, Tulsa, and Boston College (among others).
Because his talents can plug him in to any parts of the field.
Mr. Blair has no Boise State in-game career highlights—yet. So in addition to the statistical stuff above, Mr. Blair was also named first team all-district as a senior and junior. He made all-area his junior year.
The one thing about losing a player that is going to end up on an NFL roster is that there is going to be a sizable void to fill at said position. With Donte Deayon moving on to, literally, the greener pastures of the New York Giants, the Broncos find themselves having to fill the CB spot opposite Jonathan Moxey on a full-time basis. Which is not an easy thing to do. Having a dependable corner who will get left out on his own, more often than not, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Especially when dealing with certain teams who are going to be pass-happy.
Last year, there was only one CB that was “good enough” to see time as a true freshman and that was Tyler Horton. That skill, and trust in Horton, is evident now on the Mountain West Conference Media Day-released depth chart showing Horton and Raymond Ford in the “OR” designation for the vacated CB spot.
So what of Blair? Again, looking to the depth chart, we get a glimpse at the thought process: behind Moxey. But, things being as they are, I doubt Blair actually holds fast to that “backup” designation. If Blair does not start a game (which I do not think actually happens, I believe he starts at least three) then the rotation will be heavy with him in the mix. He will get his opportunity to show what he can do on the field.
Is he on Twitter?
No TV and no beer make Homer something, something.
go crazy.— taliban. (@LadarrylB) October 11, 2015
Completely made up fact
LaDarryl Blair is so serious all the time he has Cherophobia.