39 days remaining is...well, it’s 39 days remaining. Which is awesome because that means there’s just over ONE MONTH UNTIL FOOTBALL. On that note...
#39, A.J. Smith, RS Sophomore, Safety
Weight: 180 lbs
High School: Edison High School in Fresno, California
How’d he get to The BlueTM?
A.J. Smith came in as a walk-on at safety and not much else is known about him. I couldn’t find defensive high school stats for him, although it appears he primarily played wide receiver.
Former Edison Tigers defensive back AJ Smith will be a preferred walk-on with the Boise State Broncos.— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) August 1, 2018
AJ played with Tyler Horton with the Valley Championship 2014 team at Edison and now back playing with Tyler.
AJ is an outstanding Student Athlete and a tremendous DB. pic.twitter.com/EIcalM0I2S
Because I also couldn’t find what his initials stood for, so I decided that’s what they were.
I see a lot of former Bronco star (and current Dallas Cowboy) Tyrone Crawford.
Presently, he has not compiled any statistics as a Bronco but it certainly can’t be considered anything but a highlight that he chose Boise State over his hometown university: Fresno State.
A.J. Smith is entering a safety competition that will include quite a lot of experience and versatility. The starting unit will likely be Nawahine and Pierce (now that he’s back from a lacerated spleen), but Tyreque Jones, Evan Tyler, and Jordan Happle all have a significant amount of game experience. Not to mention, Kaniho plays some packages aligned as a safety. That said, cream rises to the top so, we’ll see, but I wouldn’t anticipate much of a shakeup in playing time distribution at safety. At least not this season.
Is he on Twitter?
He does not appear to be, but I am happy to update if someone can correct me on that.
Completely made up fact
A.J. is a bit of a vague name, but also very common. As is ‘Smith’. So, as someone with a similarly ubiquitous name, that’s so generic it can’t possibly be real, I can only assume that he is also in witness protection and on the run from the mafia. Godspeed to us both.