A pair of days (less than that since today's countdown is a wee bit late) and we're footballing. It's the second to the last football-less day for Bronco fans, so let's look at #2 on the Boise State roster—Jonathan Moxey
#2, Jonathan Moxey, Senior, CB
Weight: 185 lbs
High School: Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Moxey was a somewhat lightly-recruited prospect out of Dwyer High School. Dwyer plays in Florida's second largest classification (7A). The other all-league, all-whatever recruits from the area are going to the who's who of college football powerhouses: Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, etc. So, how did Moxey fall into the Broncos' lap late into the recruiting process? Honestly, I'm not quite sure. You would think that a player who was a main cog on defense that allowed fewer than seven points and 100 passing yards per game would generate plenty of recruiting interest. In addition to those stats, Moxey put up a ridiculous nine interceptions and 13 pass break-ups as a junior. Despite those superlatives, Moxey only had offers from the likes of Bowling Green, Delaware, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, and Western Kentucky. After Moxey inked with Boise State, however, recruiting interest picked up a bit, as is the norm.
Moxey's twitter handle is "Money Mox" and with a good season he stands to make some. A match made in heaven.
Started all 13 games for the Broncos in 2015—registering 2 INTs and a team-leading 10 PBUs. Appeared in all 14 Bronco games in 2014, tying for second on the team in pass breakups. Appeared in all but one of the Broncos games in 2013, including one start against Southern Miss. Earned all-state honorable mention honors (7A) following his senior season and third-team all-state as a junior. Selected to play in Georgia-Florida All-Star game in 2013 and hauled in an interception in the contest.
At one point in time, I dubbed Mr. Moxey "Boise's next great cover corner", and while I'm not sure he's completely lived up to that billing...he has a season left to prove me right. Not that Moxey has been bad by any stretch, I just think his play in the secondary was overshadowed by the likes of Donte Deayon and Darian Thompson. Moxey has always had all the tools to be great, in my opinion...and often shows flashes of brilliance (last year's pick against Colorado State comes to mind).
Of course, when you're thinking of the team-leading 10 pass break-ups and the acrobatic INTs a year ago, you probably also think of his costly taunting penalty against BYU as well—a penalty that allowed BYU to ultimately score; putting BSU on their heels. Moxey is a year older and a year smarter...so that will serve as a valuable lesson. If he can play within himself and manage his emotions, he should be in for a banner year. I should mention we need him to have a banner year if the Broncos hope to accomplish their goals. The secondary is chock full of youth and inexperience...and Moxey can and should be their standard bearer. "DBU" has become a proud tradition on The Blue, and with Moxey's play—and his tutelage—it should stay that way for the forseeable future.
Is he on Twitter?
He's really introspective about that penalty against BYU, I guess.
Completely made up fact
Melvin Marsh actually begged me to write Jonathan Moxey's countdown today as he had the "perfect" nickname for the senior CB. He wouldn't say the nickname out loud, but assured me it was synonymous with "pluck, grit, pep, and spirit". I'm guessing the word he was looking for was fortitude.