My favorite day is the day that brings us closer to more football. So, in that vain, since we have 47 days until football today is my favorite! And it just so happens that today on the roster we are going to look at—Matt Pistone
#47, Matt Pistone, RS Sophomore, Tight End
Height: 6’ 3”
High School: Yuma Catholic HS, Yuma, AZ
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By doing the right thing and sticking (relatively) close to home. Mr. Pistone was a “good get” for the Broncos when he signed on the dotted line. Pistone had originally verbally committed to Mike Riley when Riley was coaching at Oregon State. But then when Riley bolted for Nebraska (still confounded by that move) Pistone decommitted. Now the fun thing about his recruitment was that he had a very competitive offer sheet. The likes of schools that wanted his services were plenty. Including, but not limited to: Washington, Colorado, Oregon State (duh), Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
I am still fist-pumping his signing.
I am taking a hint from his Twitter account.
Last year Pistone appeared in five games and started one. He was utilized, mostly, as a blocking tight end. While his Bronco highlights are a bit scarce so far, his high school career is still impressive.
He was a two-time state champion in high school where his Shamrocks won two state titles. He had 74 career catches, 1,036 yards, and 26 touchdowns. He was named to Arizona FCA's 2014 All-State Top 25 Team, and he was named to the Arizona FCA Division V All-State Team twice.
The 2017 spring game brought a little clarity to the intention of the Broncos offense going into the 2017 season. Tight Ends, as a group, had 10 catches in the spring game. Though none of those catches were of the Pistone variety, those who want to see the tight end group utilized more have reason to be encouraged.
Pistone was primarily used in the blocking scheme. And that’s ok. That could very well just be his wheelhouse. Though over the course of the season there is a real opportunity for Pistone to get his fair amount of catches. Course, he’s going to have to create those opportunities for himself (to which I have no doubt he will).
Having a road grater to clear the path for the offense is a plus to have. And seeing Pistone turn into said grater will be awesome.
Is he on Twitter?
Yes he is. Though he’s not much of an avid tweeter recently.
Dirty-Y bound— Matthew Pistone (@MP_daDon) July 29, 2016
Completely made up fact
If done honestly, you may spend around 38 days brushing your teeth (less if you are Michael Scott) but Matt Pistone—ever the teeth brushing enthusiast—will probably spend that much time this year brushing his teeth. He’s got wonderful breath.