Just 86 days until kickoff, so might as well look at #86 on the Boise State roster—Chase Blakley
#86, Chase Blakley, Senior, TE
Weight: 240 lbs. (+3)
High School: Coeur d'Alene High School, Couer d'Alene, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Through the persistence of ex-OC Eliah Drinkwitz. Blakley was a seemingly firm UW commit for the better part of a year and hadn't even been offered by Chris Petersen's Boise State staff. Well, after Chris Petersen went to Seattle, Blakley no longer felt he was as highly-prized as was warranted and the incoming Boise State staff made keeping the Northern Idaho stud in-state a major priority. So major, in fact, that Eliah Drinkwitz showed up at his CdA doorstep at 12:01 AM the morning the dead period ended. Blakley caught 47 passes as a senior for 762 yards and 11 scores and helped lead his team to a state championship. As a junior, he had 51 receptions for 598 yards and 7 TDs. Blakley was named the Preseason "Mr. Football" for Idaho prior to his senior season by MaxPreps and was named first team all-state on both offense and defense at the season's close. Blakley was rated a 4-star player and #8 at his position nationally by Rivals/Yahoo! and also was named the #1 player in the state by 247Sports.com. Blakley held offers from EWU, Florida, Idaho, Idaho State, Washington (obviously), and Wyoming. It's safe to say that list would have been a lot longer too if he hadn't been so thoroughly committed to the Huskies for so long.
Well, he still has the same face, so he still looks like Major-Leaguer Matt Kemp.
Appeared in two games for the Broncos in 2017 before a non-highlight injury against Washington State ended his season. Appeared in all 13 games for the Broncos in 2016. 99 career receptions for 1,379 yards and 18 touchdowns. Awarded 4-stars and 8th best TE in the nation distinction by Rivals. Led team to state title in 2013. Was named first team all-state on offense and defense in 2013.
What a long, strange trip it’s been for Blakley, who came to Boise State as one of the biggest recruits in school history. His adoptive brother, Drew Berger, was another giant Boise State commit out of Coeur d’ Alene high but ended up leaving the program before playing a snap. Blakley has certainly tried to be a contributor, but the injury gods (or possibly “injury God” for the monotheistic superstitious types) have had decidedly different plans. For what it’s worth, I still think Blakley can be a big-time weapon in the Bronco offense—especially with the graduations of Jake Roh and Alec Dhaenens, but he’s got just one year to do it, and will need to stay healthy—a taller task than one would think—just ask basically every tight end on our roster from 2011 to 2018.
Blakley has the size and athleticism to be a BIG receiving target for Brett Rypien, and we already know that Ryp isn’t shy about involving the tight ends in the passing attack—Roh, by all accounts should’ve been a Mackey finalist last season. What we need (besides the aforementioned healthy season) is for Zak Hill to dial up some TE packages that highlight their strengths—something Blakley has plenty of. This season, look for Blakley to reassert himself in the much different looking tight end unit. Blakley and John Bates are the leading receiving tight ends back on the roster and both have a grand total of 3 career receptions. That’s going to change this season—I guarantee it. Matt Pistone is the fullback, blocking TE, Blakley and Bates will be our bigger receiving threats and you might see a bit of local walk-ons Daniel Cantrell (offensive scout team player of the year) and Garrett Collingham OR true freshman studs Cole Ramseyer (another Couer d’ Alene Viking) and Tyneil Hopper (holder of an Alabama offer).
It ain’t like we don’t have bodies there—the experience and snaps numbers are just lacking on the tight end unit. Several, including senior-to-be Blakley are more than capable of making the tight end losses little more than a blip on the radar. With such an unpredictable Bronco career, that first Blakley TD in 2018 is going to seem pretty sweet.
Is he on Twitter?
Yes, and was as perplexed by this Vegas Bowl preview as the rest of us were.
Completely made up fact
Blakley hasn’t scored a touchdown in 5 years, but neither have you so stop being so judgey (Madden ‘17 doesn’t count, Doug).