HAPPY NEW YEAR NUGGIES! Not only is it a new year full of fresh, new opportunities, but we will be filling some pretty serious voids this year at some key positions. While I’m sad to see Mattison, Rypien and the rest of the seniors go, the newness of the coming season is exciting. The potential to see the beginning of a new era of BSU quarterbacks begin is nerve wracking and thrilling at the same time. Not just quarterbacks, but we will see a new starter at running back this year as well!
I’m going to leave the below information for reference, but I plan on elaborating on this post for the remainder of the season. Once we have the FINAL signing day on February 6th, we’ll do a full evaluation of who we got, who they might be replacing, and who has the potential to start for the Broncos.
For now, we’ll look at who has graduated and their career production as well as look at what we may still be looking at for the remainder of the 2019 class. Let’s get to it!
Hank Bachmeier, QB, Murrieta Valley HS (Murrieta, CA)
Hank finished his senior season going 202 of 313 (64.5%) for 3,149 yards, 32 TDs to 9 INTs. He also had 93 rushes for 520 yards and 10 more TDs. For his decorated career, 797 of 1,181 (67.5%) for 13,150, 156 TD and 30 INT (5:1) and 317 rushes for 2,190 yards (6.9 ypc) and 31 TDs. That’s insanity.
Casey Kline, ATH, Brawley HS (Brawley, CA)
Brawley finished the season at 8-3 after falling to Morse 14-25. Casey had 3 carries for 33 yards and a TD and 2 receptions for 52 yards in the loss.
Full season stats for Casey are not yet available.
Keegan Duncan, RB, Declo HS (Declo, ID)
Keegan finished his senior season with 3,620 all-purpose yards, including 2,041 rushing yards, and 51 TDs.
Jacob Golden, OL, Peoria HS (Peoria, AZ)
The Panthers lost a heart breaker to Seton Catholic 49-54, ending their season at 9-2. The Peoria offense produced 355 rushing yards in the loss. Jacob had 50 total tackles and 1 sack, not counting the playoff loss.
Ben Dooley, OL, Churchill County HS (Fallon, NV)
CCHS defeated Truckee 28-7 to win the NIAA 3A State Football Championship and finish the season undefeated. Stats in the game were not available. While Ben mostly played offensive line (which generally doesn’t keep stats), he did have 15 total tackles and 2 sacks on defense.
George Holani, RB, St John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)
SBJ lost a shocker to #3 Mater Dei to drop to #2 in CA and #2 in the nation. The final score of 13-17 was the Braves first and only loss of the year. George had 12 rushes for 79 yards in the loss.
George finished his senior year with 136 carries for 1,172 yards (8.6 ypc) and 18 TDs along with 13 receptions for 238 yards (18.3) ypc) and 7 more TDs.
Kaiden Bennett, QB, Folsom HS (Bellflower, CA)
Folsom edged Cathedral Catholic 21-14, winning the 1-AA CIF StateFootball championships and finishing 4th in California, 7th nationally.
Kaiden was 25-33 (75.8%) for 261 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. He also had 24 carries for 137 yards and 1 TD. Kaiden accounted for 398 of the 410 yards Folsom accumulated. Kaiden finished his senior season 222-301 (73.8%) for 4,254 yards, 62 TDs and 5 INTs along with 86 carries for 568 yards (6.6ypc) and another 13 TDs.
Khyheem Waleed, WR, Casteel HS (Queen Creek, AZ)
Casteel’s playoff run ended with a loss to Higley 27-34. The Colts finished their season 9-3. Stats in the loss were not recorded.
Not counting the Higley game, Waleed had 25 receptions for 447 yards and 4 TDs on the year.
Michael Callahan, DE, Yorba Linda HS (Yorba Linda, CA)
Yorba Linda lost to Corona del Mar 12-49 in the CIF Southern Section Playoff quarterfinals, ending their playoff run. They finished 9-3.
Mike is a 6’4 246lb DE out of California that passed on offers from pretty much every Ivy League school along with AF, USU and SJSU. Mike had 64 total tackles, 33 solo, 11 TFL and 7 sacks, not including the loss to Corona del Mar.
Isaiah Bagnah, DE, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (Lethbridge, AB, CA)
Bagnah hails from Canada, eh? Much like Tyrone Crawford and Mike Atkinson before him, Canada knows a thing or two about football. At 6’5 and 245 lbs, Bagnah is an imposing figure.
I don’t know much about how Canada runs their seasons, so I am having a hard time finding season stats for them. I’ll updated you when I find them.
Austin Griffin, TE, Mt. SAC (Walnut, CA)
Austin Griffin decommitted from Louisville earlier this year and declared for the Broncos this past week. At 6’7 and 250lbs, Griffin is an imposing figure.
Austin’s Mt. SAC team finished the season 5-5. He had 13 catches for 80 yards and a TD this year.
Markel Reed, CB, Temple HS (Temple, TX)
Listed at 6’1 and 166 lbs, Markel was a former Texas Tech commit, but opened up his recruitment with the coaching change. He passed on offers from TTU, Purdue, Arkansas, Baylor, Vanderbilt and Kansas State to name a few.
The Wildcats finished their season 8-3 after losing in the first round of the 6A D2 Texas Football Championships. Markel had 27 tackles, 19 solo, 1 interceptions and 13 passes defended. That does not include games after 12/1. Stats for those games were either not kept or have not been compiled yet.
Dylan Hall, DE, Antelope Valley HS (Lancaster, CA)
Listed at 6’5.5” and 230 lbs, Dylan passed on offers from Arizona State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa State, Oregon State, Washington State, Fresno State and SDSU to name a few.
The Antelopes finished their season 9-3, making it to the CIF Southern Section D5 quarterfinals before losing to Lawndale. Dylan’s final stats are incomplete as of right now, showing stats for 7 games up until 10/19. He may have been injured, but I am not seeing any info to confirm that. Through 10/19, he had 24 tackles, 15 solo, 1 sack and 2 fumbles caused.
Shea Whiting, WR, Alief Taylor HS (Houston, TX)
Listed at 6’2” and 177 lbs, Shea passed on offers from Arizona, Cal, Houstin, Indiana, Texas Tech and Oregon State to name a few.
The ATHS Lions finished the year 3-7, 3-4 in league play. Whiting had 39 catches for 570 yards (14.6 ypc) and 6 TDs.
JL Skinner, ATH, Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA)
Listed at 6’3” and 185 lbs, Skinner passed on offers from Arizona, Cal, Iowa State, Louisville, BYU and pretty much the entire MW to be a Bronco.
#MakasiBowl Halftime: Inland Empire 15, San Diego 9. #BoiseState commit JL Skinner has been very good all night, the most physically impressive player in the game. Huge steal for Broncos. pic.twitter.com/RtUsazlcZ3— Blair Angulo (@bangulo) December 30, 2018
JL is already showing off his skills in post-season play. His Pointers finished 6-5 on the year, 3-1 in league play. Skinner had 8 receptions for 217 yards (27.1 ypc) and 2 TDs on offense. On defense he had 33 total tackles, 27 solo, 3 TFL and 3 INTs with 76 return yards on those interceptions.
2019 Graduating Class - Seniors
Brett Rypien, QB, 6’2” 202 lbs - 1036-1618 (64%) for 13,581 yards, 90 TDs, 29 INT, 50 games played
Tyler Horton, CB, 5’11” 190 lbs - 137 total tackles, 95 solo, 4 TFL, 4 INTs (184 yards, 2 TDs), 30 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 6 fumbles recovered (3 return TDs), 49 games played
Zach Troughton, OL, 6’6” 322 lbs, 11 games played
Durrant Miles, DE, 6’5” 261 lbs - 95 tackles, 47 solo, 17 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, 51 games played
AJ Richardson, WR, 6’ 212 lbs - 99 receptions for 1,474 yards, 11 TDs, 53 games played
Jabril Frazier, STUD, 6’4” 238 lbs - 138 total tackles, 93 solo, 24.5 TFL, 18 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, 50 games played
Sean Modster, WR, 5’11” 189 lbs - 111 receptions for 1,487 yards, 11 TDs, 45 games played
Skyler Seibold, RB, 6’1” 207 lbs - 8 carries for 38 yards, 45 games played
Tony Lashley, MLB, 6’1” 233 lbs - 13 total tackles, 7 solo, 2.5 TFL, .5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 13 games played
Joe Provenzano, MLB, 5’11” 224 lbs - 10 total tackles, 5 solo, 19 games played
Quinn Skillin, P, 6’4” 189 lbs - 86 punts, 3,409 yards, 67 long, 39.7 average, 27 games played
Joseph Inda, MLB, 6’ 231 lbs - 3 total tackles, 2 solo, 10 games played
Andres Preciado, OL, 6’6” 295 lbs - 29 games played
Chase Blakley, TE, 6’4” 239 lbs - 20 receptions, 138 yards, 1 TD, 28 games played
Paul Semons, DT, 6’3” 269 lbs - 2 total tackles, 2 solo, 12 games played
Haden Hoggarth, K, 6’ 195 lbs - 30-43 FG (69.77%), long of 47 yards, 26 games played
2019 Graduating Class - Non-Seniors
Alexander Mattison, RB, 5’11” 211 lbs - 581 carries, 2,829 yards (4.9 ypc) 33 TDs, 60 receptions, 511 yards (8.5 ypc), 1 TD, 40 games played - declared for the NFL draft
Jake Shaddox, RB, 5’11” 215 lbs - 9 games played - graduated
Left team in 2018
Tyson Maeva, MLB, 6’ 228 lbs - 166 total tackles, 96 solo, 12 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered, 32 games played - dismissed from team
Desmond Williams, LB, 5’11” 200 lbs - 56 total tackles, 34 solo, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, 20 games played - left team
Blake Whitlock, LB, 6’1” 214 lbs - 47 total tackles, 22 solo, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 20 games played - left team
Below are no longer on the roster but did not play.
Jermani Brown, CB
Drake Beasley, RB
Bryan Jefferson, WR
Julian Carter, WR
Justin Collins, WR (wo)
Clay Bowler, LB (wo)
Breydon Boyd, LB
John Mackesy, LB (wo)
Solo Taylor, LB (wo)
Derriyon Shaw, STUD
Ma’a Tanuvasu, S (wo)
As you can see, we had a lot of people graduate as well as leave the team. The standouts, based on production, would obviously be Brett Rypien, Alexander Mattison, Tyler Horton, Jabril Frazier, and Tyson Maeva. All of their numbers will be difficult to replace, but we have solid options at each of those positions, especially STUD with Curtis Weaver. Of these, I think Rypien will be the most difficult to replace. Cord showed promise, but a torn ACL late in the season will take some time to heal, giving Bachmeier and Bennett a chance to show what they can do. Smith will want his name known as well, and Henderson will want to go out with a bang. (I don’t anticipate Henderson or Smith to win the starting job, but you never know).
Mahone has had plenty of carries and will continue to get them, but I think AVB is the next man up. Holani and Duncan will both want to come in and get after it as well, but AVB and Mahone have a season or two (respectively) under their belts.
Walker has performed well enough, but not so well that he easily replaces Horton. Williams had a bit of an off season as well, so the CB position will be one to watch this spring. LeBeauf got a lot of praise before getting injured, so he will be looking for play time. Chris Mitchell will be pressing for time too. Robert Lewis saw the field and Marques Evans has had plenty of time to learn the position. Markel Reed is the lone CB coming into this class (though I’m not sure yet if Skinner will play S or CB) and, generally speaking, the young bucks want to come in and prove themselves right away.
Positionally, Richardson and Modster, while not overly productive in their careers here at BSU, were still very good players and will be missed. They were dependable and replacing that will not be easy. The talent is absolutely there, but CT Thomas will have the most production of the returning receivers with 41 receptions for 535 yards and 3 TDs, followed by Hightower (31 for 511, 6 TDs), Butler (25 for 204, 2 TD) and Shakir (16 for 170, 1 TD). Evans (2 for 12), Cole, Cobbs and Bowens had little or not production in 2018, but the talent is definitely there. With Waleed and Whiting coming in, whoever is under center will have plenty of talent to throw to, it just depends on who steps up in 2019. My projected starters are CT, Shakir and Hightower.
We have a lack of depth at linebacker, but plenty of talent there for sure. Hawkins, Mills and Schramm spent the season learning and honing their skills, and Kline could play a role at the position as well.
Our special teams will need some help with the departure of Skillin and Hoggarth. I know there was a lot of moaning about Hoggarth, but he was still our starter. The hope is that Velazquez can step in and take over, but kickoff, PAT, FG and punting duties is a lot for one guy to handle. The only other remaining kicker is Max Myers, a freshman walk-on. The hope is the coaches will use one of the remaining scholarships to get a solid kicker. Fingers crossed.
For the remaining schollies, I think the coaches could take a kicker, an interior defensive lineman, and possibly a LB or a CB. We have 3 or 4 more spots left available.
What are your thoughts, dear Nuggies? Who will be the toughest to replace? What other positions should we fill for February 6th? Oh, and GO BRONCOS!!