2 weeks and 1 measly day. That's it. The Broncos are so tantalizingly close to their 2016 season that I can already smell the bratwurst cooking (that or I'm having a stroke). Hey! We've got just 15 days until real, live football so let's look at #15 on the Boise State roster, okay? It's Evan Tyler.
#15, Evan Tyler, RS Freshman, S
Weight: 185 lbs (+5)
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Corona, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Tyler was a somewhat under-the-radar player in the 2015 class despite being rated the #15 safety in California and the #21 ranked safety in the west region. The consensus 3-star was a team captain at Roosevelt for his senior year and was made All-Big VIII first team and All-Inland Area honorable mention after racking up 51 tackles. As a junior, Tyler made 84 stops and registered a sack. Tyler finished his prep career as his school's all-time tackles leader. Also a standout on the track, Tyler won a league title in the 400m hurdles and was a CIF finalist as a sophomore and repeated as champion as a junior. Tyler received a scholarship offer from San José State—an offer he accepted—but a late Boise State offer caused him to flip. I suppose all's fair in love and recruiting.
I'm told this is a hip hop artist.
Bill from Fat Albert
Named to the All-Big VIII First Team and All-Inland Area honorable mention as a senior. Made a total of 189 tackles in three years at Roosevelt, 136 of those solo. To go along with that, he tacked on a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble. Finished at Roosevelt as the school's all-time tackles leader. Won league championship and was a CIF finalist in the 400m as a sophomore and won another title as a junior.
I don't really know whether Tyler counted his 2015 redshirt as a luxury or as torturous, but in 2016 there'll be no laurel-resting for the lanky frosh. I expect Tyler to be pressed into action starting in game one, and I think we all hope that the kid whose frame reminds many of Bronco great George Iloka starts to show flashes of that level of play as well. Remember, Tyler was a tackling machine at Roosevelt High—so much so that no other player in school history could rival his stop numbers. I think that level of productivity could fit very nicely into the Bronco secondary both this season and when Chanceller James departs at season's end. Getting Tyler some heavy playing time in 2016 will serve to bolster our depth and numbers but also gain him some nice experience when he (likely) takes the starting job in 2017. We're all a little uncertain whether James and DSG will actually start the opener due to some maybe-resolved-maybe-not-resolved off-field issues. If they don't—and I think we'd all prefer the ULL game as "safety light" to the WSU game—then we'll find out in just two weeks what the coaches are seeing in Tyler. If we have to wait a bit for Tyler's starting role, that's okay too, I just think we'll see plenty of him in 2016 and he should be a real force for the defense sooner than later.
Is he on Twitter?
The Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest is what I look forward to the most on every 4th of July— Evan Tyler (@mrevantyler) July 4, 2016
Yep and fireworks barely move the needle for him on July 4th.
Completely made up fact
Evan's name is not pronounced like you'd imagine. It actually rhymes with "Steven" and the reason for this could not be more obvious...his parents are giant Aerosmith fans.