3 weeks? This season starting to sound like it actually might happen! With 21 days left until kickoff, today let’s look at #21 on the Boise State roster—Tyreque Jones
#21, Tyreque Jones, RS Freshman, DB
Height: 6’ 2” (-1)
Weight: 197 lbs. (+7)
High School: San Gorgonio HS, San Bernardino, CA
How’d he get to the Blue™?
Tyreque hails from the fertile recruiting grounds of Southern California—and only about 10 minutes from Alexander Mattison’s high school (San Bernardino HS). While he didn’t garner offers from the local schools, he garnered plenty. He passed on offers from BYU, Utah State, UNLV, Nevada and New Mexico to come play for the Broncos.
Long arm of the law.
Named Boise State’s Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year after the 2017 season. At San Gorgonio, excelled on both sides of the ball. Team captain in 2016. First Team All-Sun selection on defense. Helped San Gorgonio win the CIF Southern Section Division 7 Championship in 2016. On offense, he had 31 carries for 209 yards with 2 TDs, and 52 receptions for 1,128 yards and another 16 TDs.
Tyreque Jones not only earned Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors, his named lingered in the air throughout spring camp and from all accounts, he’s continuing his forward push through fall camp. Depending on where Jones is slated to play—free safety or strong safety, he could have a different guy in front of him. If he stays at free safety, where he was slotted when the first depth chart of the year came out of MWC media days—he’ll be behind DeAndre Pierce, and if they like him more at strong safety, he’ll be backing up Kekoa Nawahine. Both of those guys are experienced defenders and are unlikely to lose their jobs, however, Jones brings some length to the position and is a hard-hitter...he’ll be a valuable swing man in the Bronco secondary.
So, as I stated above...it’s not terribly likely that Jones—despite all his hype—will take a starting gig away from Pierce, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play, because he will—a lot. Just watch how the Broncos used guys like Jordan Happle and Kekaula Kaniho a season ago. Avalos has packages for different skill sets and formations, and loves him some fresh legs on defense. Tyreque could absolutely be the future of the position, but he’ll have to get his snaps in the old-fashioned way first. He’s already earned some PT this fall, but how large his role becomes will be intriguing to behold.
Is he on Twitter?
He is, but as his account is locked, RTs and embeds are verboten. Nonetheless, you can give him a follow at @LegedaryT2
Completely made up fact
Jones is one of the most popular surnames in North America, and make up an estimated .50 percent of the U.S. population. Amazingly, the concentration of Tyreque Joneses on the Boise State roster is nearly 1%.