Supposedly the number 14 is the number of forgetfulness. But since we have been doing this countdown thing for a while, we would be remiss to forget this one. Now that the calendar indicates that there are only 14 days left until Boise State football, we get to talk about no. 14 on the roster—Tyler Horton
#14, Tyler Horton, Sophomore, CB
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 178 (+6)
High School: Edison HS, Fresno, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
It kind of seems like a common theme about guys being good at football. In Mr. Horton’s case, he was really good at football. He was a three star recruit on Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports. As for where he ranked in high school as a corner back: 64 in the nation; 12 in the west; nine in the nation. His offer sheet is impressive with the University of Miami, Washington State, and the Broncos were able to withstand a late push by University of Florida when McElwain left Colorado State.
He really likes Canadian coffee chains.
A young Kevin Hart?
At this point his highlight is starting two Boise State games while a true freshman. The Broncos got a steal and it showed his true freshman year. Statistically, though, the year was short on numbers, but long on potential: 12 tackles (ten solo), on pass defended.
In his high school years, he had quite the résumé that would be impressive for anyone. Fresno Bee Fab 50, MVP at the DBGuru All-Star game, and in his junior season in high school he nabbed a first-team All-County-Metro selection.
Following a player that had a lot of interceptions and has a good shot making an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent can be difficult. The Broncos had a bit of a preview last year of what was to come when Mr. Donte Deayon got injured for a spell and Tyler Horton got some playing time. Sometimes freshman are just too good to sit. And when the Broncos ran into the injury bug last year, they had to burn Mr. Horton’s redshirt. And Mr. Horton did not disappoint. The talent level was obvious and the ability to come into a game and perform at a helped reinforce the coaching decision to throw him to the wolves.
This year Mr. Horton is going to be going through a lot of the same. A glance at the current depth chart lists him with the “OR” designation with Raymond Ford. With all things, there is an upside and downside, depending on which you would like to believe. The up shot is that the coaching staff has faith in both athletes to give them both an opportunity to take the starting spot. That the talent level won’t drop off in the event of an injury to either player. The possible downer is the fact that neither has taken the opportunity to be the “clear” no. 1.
I am going to go with the former. Both guys are competing for the spot (still) but given Mr. Ford’s seniority as a RS Senior and Mr. Horton’s talent, it is hard to just pick one to ride. The nice thing about some of these positions is the ability to be flexible regarding who gets to start and who gets the lion’s share of the playing time.
For the sake of commitment: Horton starts game one. With heavy doses of Mr. Ford tossed in.
Is he on Twitter?
Yes he is.
Just Crack my phone— Thę Kîd (@OohKillem3) May 1, 2016
Man that is the worst.
Completely made up fact
Apples, potatoes, and onions taste the same when you plug your nose. Except for Tyler Horton. He can always tell the difference and don’t you DARE try to slip him a big chunk of raw onion!