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Boise State roster countdown 2017: Day 97, Austin Silsby

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NCAA Football: Boise State at Utah State Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Whoa, we’re picking up steam now. 97 days until kickoff, so you’re getting a look at #97 on the Boise State roster —Austin Silsby

#97, Austin Silsby, Senior, DE

Stats

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 256 lbs. (+6)

High School: Kuna High School, Kuna, ID

How'd he get to The Blue™?

By making the trek from the Kuna desert to Albertsons Stadium. Silsby was a standout athlete at Kuna High School, playing for coaching vagabond Lee Leslie, earning 3 varsity letters in football and 4 in wrestling. Silsby led his team in tackles as a senior (69) from the outside linebacker position and for his efforts was named second team All-SIC and snagged an invite to the Shrine All-Star game. Silsby walked on to the Boise State football team with the 2013 class.

Nickname

"Accostin’"

Look-a-like

James Corden (sometimes)

Career highlights

Appeared in six games for the Broncos in 2016, with 5 tackles (one-for-loss). Appeared in two games for the Broncos in 2015, with half a tackle to show for it. Won 3 letters at Kuna High School, culminating with a 2nd team All-SIC selection as a senior. Played outside linebacker for Kavemen as a senior and led team in tackles with 69. Accomplished wrestler, earning 3rd place at the state championships as a senior.

2017 prospectus

I don’t mean this to sound patronizing, but I have a great deal of respect for walk-ons that stick with the program despite a lack of significant playing time. Some find a niche and a scholly along the way, some toil in relative obscurity for 4 years, and probably the majority of them move on down the road. Silsby has stuck with the orange and blue since 2013 and though we can’t write reams about his on-field exploits, he’s helped the team in countless other ways and the story of his career is far from over.

The Broncos were lucky enough to not have a huge amount of D-line turnover this offseason, but the loss of Sam McCaskill and Elliot Hoyte will still make a dent. Couple that with the fact that Coach Steve Caldwell has pledged to not leave the bench so full this year, and I think we see Silsby take another step. He’s been pretty disruptive in scrimmages and I think is poised for a bit of a break out just in the nick of time. Local walk-ons are always fan favs, so it would be great to see a jump year coincide with his senior season.

Is he on Twitter?

There are two “Austin Silsbys” on twitter and neither of them appear to be our boy.

Completely made up fact

Silsby took his D-line buddies back to Kuna to float Indian Creek last summer. The water displaced caused over $1M dollars in flood damage to the city.