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Boise State roster countdown 2018: Day 53, Sam Whitney

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You know what feels good? Being less than two months away from the start of football season. You know what feels even better? Being in the low 50s already.

#53, Sam Whitney, Redshirt Junior, defensive end

Stats

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 230

High School: Folsom High School, Folsom, California

How’d he get to The BlueTM?

Sam came to Boise State as a Scout.com 3-star recruit, listed as the 7th best defensive end in California and 18th in the west. Sam was a two way player for Folsom that also filled in on offensive line. He was selected to MaxPreps’ California All-State Second Team and All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section First Team in 2014. Named the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year and league MVP—also in 2014. That season he recorded 13 sacks and 47 total tackles as his team went 16-0 and captured the CIF Division I state title. He garnered first-team All-NorCal and finished his junior season with 39 tackles and 4.0 sacks. During his three-year varsity career Folsom went 44-2.

Nickname

”Houston”

No he is not from Texas, but arguably the greatest “Sam” and the greatest “Whitney” shared the same last name. So, logically, I can’t call him anything else. As a result of this, he now has some options for catchphrases/battlecries: “Remember the Alamo!” might be a little easier to scream on a football field than “Run to You”, but each should be sufficiently confusing for opposing offenses.

Look-alike

Paul Schneider aka Mark Brendanawicz from the first few seasons of Parks and Recreation.

Career highlights

Sam played in seven games last year and started five at the STUD (STand-Up enD) position. He was performing rather well before an injury ended his season. His production never quite showed it (21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble), but he impacted games. He is the quintessential high character/high motor guy, but he also has some talent to go along with it.

2018 Prospectus

The drawback for Houston is that once he was shelved with a season-ending injury halfway through last season, Jabril Frazier and Curtis Weaver managed to put out some astounding production. Weaver went on to lead the conference in sacks as a freshman while only starting 2 games. Sam absolutely has the talent and work ethic to be on an FBS field, but Avalos is going to have to get very creative with his rotation to maximize the benefit of having so many good, productive STUDs.

Is he on Twitter?

That is an affirmative

Completely made up fact

Houston has a unique variety of pass rush moves, but what is less known is that he also has some on the dance floor. Mr. Whitney is a 3-time ballroom dancing champion. So, he can sack your quarterback AND steal your girl....like, if he wanted to. Seems like a good dude that wouldn’t need/want to though, so you can go ahead and not picture him in your head as the protagonist every time you listen to “Careless Whisper”.