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Boise State roster countdown 2017: Day 72, Riley Whimpey

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Room temperature is 72° Fahrenheit...a fair shade cooler than it is outside today. Incidentally, we also have 72 days remaining until kickoff, so today let’s take a look at an as-yet-numberless newcomer to the Bronco family—Riley Whimpey.

#72, Riley Whimpey, True Freshman, LB

Stats

Height: 6’2"

Weight: 210 lbs

High School: San Clemente High School, San Clemente, CA

How'd he get to the Blue™?

Whimpey initially signed with the Broncos in 2015, but opted to serve a two-year church mission before joining the squad ala Kekoa Nawahine (and Darren Lee etc). In high school, Whimpey was a three-star recruit per Scout.com and was rated the #15 in all of California and #24 in the West Region at OLB. As a senior, Whimpey earned CIF Southern Section Southwest Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and was the Sun View League POTY as well. Riley was named to the All-Orange County First Team in his final season after setting the San Clemente record with 172 tackles. Prior to moving to California, Whimpey was a standout at Utah’s Lone Peak High School, where he helped his team to the state semis in 2013 behind 101 tackles. That year, he was also named second-team All-State as well as first-team academic all-region. Whimpey chose the Broncos over an offer from Utah State—the school both of his older brothers starred for.

Nickname

"Hefty"

I believe that was the gist of these 80s commercials, anyway...

Look-alike

Remember this Titan?

Career Highlights

Posted unheard of 172 tackles as a senior in 2014 (roughly 12.3 per game). Helped team to league title in 2014. Named CIF Southern Section Southwest Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Named Sea View League Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Helped Lone Peak team squad (UT) to a state semifinal appearance in 2013 after posting 101 tackles. Named second-team all-state as a junior in 2013.

2017 Prospectus

Broncos could use some LB depth this season after losing Tanner Vallejo, Ben Weaver, Darren Lee AND Joey Martarano in the offseason. They’ve got some good options at the starter positions, but will need to shore up their “just-in-cases”. Enter the crazy productive Whimpey fresh off his two-year mission. Sure, he may be a tad rusty, but so was Kekoa Nawahine a year ago and he eventually worked his way into a starting role by season’s end. Whimpey’s got good size and has to have great football instincts, and I think both will be valuable to his stock entering Fall Camp. I think you’ll see Des Williams, Leighton Vander Esch, and Tyson Maeva secure starting roles...but Avalos will want to keep some fresh legs in the mix and that’s where guys like Blake Whitlock (who started some games last season), Whimpey, and possibly more true frosh like Breydon Boyd, and Zeke Noa come in (although Noa is rehabbing a knee injury).

I think Whimpey has all the potential in the world and should bring a lot of maturity to the field in his first season with the Broncos. I’d be surprised if we don’t see him in some capacity in 2017, whether it’s as part of an LB rotation or on special teams. Either way, he’s a special player that many have been patiently waiting for (myself included). I know the “Whimpey Era” of Bronco football doesn’t roll off the tongue, but that’s where we’re headed.

Is he on Twitter?

He is (@rdwhimpey), but obviously hasn’t been terribly active on their the last two years. I did find it rather humorous that his last RT was this one, however.

Completely made up fact

The famous T.S. Eliot poem “The Hollow Men” is often misquoted and the final stanza actually should read:

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a Whimpey.