We are at a palindrome day. Same number forwards as backwards! We are now sitting at 77 days until the matchup with Florida State. Today we’ll look at the Boise State player that wears the double sevens—John Molchon
#77, John Molchon, RS Senior, OL
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 322 lbs (+8)
High School: Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, NV
How’d he get to The BlueTM?
Mr. Molchon was snagged from UNLV’s back yard. As a consensus three-star recruit, he was twice named to the Nevada 1-A All-State team—and was that division’s Lineman of the Year in 2013.
Along with Boise State he also held offers from Colorado State, Nevada, and UNLV (go figure). The Broncos were fortunate enough to nab him.
Good for your lawn OR garden.
Former Bronco defensive end Ryan Winterswyk
Started all 13 games for the Broncos in 2018. Named All-Mountain West First Team in 2018. Appeared in all 14 games for the Broncos in 2017. Named All-Mountain West Honorable Mention in 2017. Twice named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team. Appeared in 7 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Academic All-Mountain West in Fall of 2016. #1 rated offensive tackle in Nevada as a senior. Twice named to the Nevada 1-A All-State Team (2013 and 2014). Division 1-A Lineman of the Year in 2013.
The last two seasons, it’s taken the Bronco O-line a few games to “figure things out” and while I don’t know the exact reason for this, it’s vital they don’t go for a “threepeat”. The Broncos toughest game of the season will be literally right out of the gate against Florida State in Jacksonville and the O-line has too much talent and experience to yell “Toro” and step aside for oncoming defenders. Luckily, Molchon has been one of the more consistent performers on the Boise State line and I’m sure his leadership and considerable skill will help this unit sprint out of the gate rather than limp.
Just yesterday, Molchon, Eric Quevedo, and Ezra Cleveland were named preseason MWC first-teamers by Phil Steele (with Cleveland nabbing 4th-team All-America to boot), so the expectations are rightly rather high for the Bronco O-line, but it’s also fair to say expectations have been high the last two years and while no one can say they didn’t achieve what we all thought them capable of—it took time. In 2019, with a new starting RB and QB—time is something we don’t have as much of. Molchon should have another all-conference season and leave the Broncos better than he found’em. I’m hoping he’ll pull some of his linemates along with him. Starting five prediction: Cleveland, Molchon, Larson, Quevedo, Ojukwu (subject to change).
Is he on Twitter?
This ain’t his handle (@JohnMolchon)...but he hasn’t been resting on his laurels (or hardys) this summer.
Completely made up fact
Hailing from Las Vegas, Molchon originally asked staff for the lucky “777” jersey, but settled for two sevens after he was told that they only go up to “99”.