We are a mere 16 days away from Bronco football. Let’s check in on an unsung hero, #16 Taylor Pope.
#16, Taylor Pope, RS Senior, WR
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 183 lbs
High School: La Quinta High School, La Quinta, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Taylor had a solid career at La Quinta, throwing for 1,414 yards and 12 TDs as well as rushing for 963 yards and 10 TDs. We was offered a preferred walk-on scholarship with the Broncos, which he obviously accepted.
He brings it DAILY.
I’m stealing from last year: Vinny Perretta
His stats with Boise State are minimal, but I expect that to change this year. He is credited with one catch for 7 yards while at Boise State. He appeared in 12 games last year. Most of his time has been spent as a special teams demon.
As a walk-on, Taylor has an uphill battle ahead of him. While he has yet to win that battle, Taylor exemplifies what it is to be a walk-on. He works extremely hard to get better every day and never gives up. Having been a walk-on for 5 years at Boise State, he has paid his own way to play for this team. That shows an immense amount of heart and dedication.
Thomas Sperbeck, Chaz Anderson and seemingly Cedrick Wilson will be our first string starters. After them, we have Pope, Austin Cottrell, Brock Barr, David McKinzie, AJ Richardson, Sean Modster, Akilian Butler, Garrett Collingham, Bryan Jefferson, Bubba Ogbebor, Julian Carter and Christian Blaser. Of that list of names, I expect Butler, Richardson, Modster and Cottrell to get some solid snaps.
I expect Blaser to red shirt as a walk-on. Bryan Jefferson could make a name for himself this fall after having red shirted himself. Garrett Collingham is a converted quarterback, not to mention the tallest receiver on our roster. Whether he sees the field or not remains to be...seen. Bubba or Julian could play right away as well depending on need. At least one will redshirt for sure, but I am hoping we can redshirt them both.
As for Taylor, we will have to wait and see. I remember watching him lay out in a spring game for a couple spectacular catches, so I have always cheered for him to get his shot. Maybe his senior year will be it.
Is he on Twitter?
He absolutely is, cheering on his former teammates!
Completely made up fact
While many players prefer to listen to rap or heavy metal to get pumped up for a game, Taylor reads classic American novels. To Kill A Mockingbird has been his go-to for the last 2 season.