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Boise State roster countdown 2017: Day 57, Emmanuel Fesili

NCAA Football: Washington State at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Like the varieties of Heinz, there are 57 days until Boise State kicks off their season, so today we’ll look at #57 on the Bronco roster—Emmanuel Fesili

#57, Emmanuel Fesili, Sophomore, NT

Stats

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 309 lbs.

High School: Polytechnic High School (Long Beach Poly), Long Beach, CA

How’d he get to The Blue™?

Along with De'Andre Pierce, he was enamored with Boise State after a visit and (silently at first) joined the blue and orange flock herd. A 3-star recruit, the mammoth tackle helped take LBP to the Pac-5 semifinals in 2014 and earned All-CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division honors as a senior. Emmanuel was named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2015 Dream Team after a 39 tackle year (8 tackles-for-loss). As a junior, Fesili had an unheard of 97 stops, with 3 sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss. He passed on offers from the majority of the MW, including Nevada (yes), Fresno State (nice), and Utah State (sweet) to name a few.

Nickname

“Manny”

I relatively confident that calling Fesili this nickname would not get one squashed.

Look-alike

Fijian rugby star Tevita Cavubati

Career highlights

Appeared in two games for the Broncos in 2016. All-Cif Southern Section Pac-5 Division performer as a senior in 2015. Named to Long Beach Press-Telegram’s 2015 Dream Team.

2017 Prospectus

The Broncos finally have another space-eating nose tackle, but I can’t help but think he should have got a bit more PT a year ago when his redshirt was summarily burned. Steve Caldwell was basically admitted that he probably shouldn’t have been so stingy with his D-line a season ago—a D-line that started out red hot and then faded as the year went on and injuries and fatigue piled up. Fesili saw action in the Broncos first game of the season, but like fellow frosh Chase Hatada was used perhaps a bit too sparingly. David Moa had a breakout season, but one wonders if he’d have had an even bigger year if he hadn’t been asked to play nose tackle...a position he’s a bit small for at 262 lbs. This season, it looks like Moa may be able to have a bit more breathing and rushing room as Sonatane Lui returns with game-experience (and a scholarship) and big Fesili looks to get a LOT more game film.

I really think that with some solid minutes, Fesili can be a difference-maker for the Broncos this year...he had some pretty darn productive seasons at Poly and with Matt Locher and Lui being able to keep his legs fresh, he could have a Chase Baker or Mike Atkinson type of impact. Remember, the Broncos have a lot of talent that didn’t play at ALL last year (like Jabari Watson, Curtis Weaver, and Derriyon Shaw), so with Moa’s talent and skill and a lot more warm bodies on the D-line, we could see a big jump in production (or at least production that doesn’t fall off a cliff come October). in 2017, I think this big man will do big things.

Is he on Twitter?

Yessir.

Completely made up fact

Fesili has never eaten fusilli.