What time is it?!
(crowd shouts) “UNCERTAIN TIMES!”
No...well, yeah...but it’s also time for OBNUG’s annual countdown to begin in earnest. Sure, we don’t know if there will actually be a season, or if the U.S. will devolve into anarchy by September, but we’ve got a job to do and content has been scarce. So rev up those happy thoughts and let’s at least pretend that the college football season will start on time and we’re just 100 days from that happening. That’s right—all that stands between you and blue and orange glory is 100 days of thoughtful analysis, idiotic puns, and questionable look-alikes...plus, we’re following strict social distancing protocol.
With 100 days left until the season (knocks furiously on wood), today we’ll take a look at a newbie to the Broncos—DT Divine Obichere
#100, Divine Obichere, Junior, DT
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 285 lbs.
High School/College: Westchester HS/Long Beach City College (Los Angeles, CA)
How’d he get to the Blue™?
The Broncos spotted Obichere playing alongside LBCC teammate Shane Irwin and thought the stout DT would make a nice package deal. Of course, Obichere’s stats speak for themselves—in his two seasons at LBCC, he racked up 92 tackles (21 for loss) and 10 sacks. Divine indeed. Despite his large frame and large game, the Broncos didn’t have to fight off all that many suitors—he chose the Broncos over offers from Liberty, San José State, and UTEP.
A name like “Divine” almost doesn’t need a nickname, but we don’t make money by not giving guys poorly thought-out nicknames. Come to think of it, we really don’t make money.
Comedian Ron Funches
Registered 46 tackles and 6 sacks as a sophomore at Long Beach City College. Registered 46 tackles and 4 sacks as a freshman at Long Beach City College. Notched 83 stops as a senior tackle at Westchester High School.
The Broncos are in need of some immediate talent and depth on the D-line after losing Sonatane Lui, Chase Hatada, David Moa, and Emmanuel Fesili on the interior (oh...and Jabari Watson and Matt Locher—yikes) so it wasn’t Divine intervention (thank you, I’ll be here all week) that caused the Broncos to offer Obichere. He was an ACTIVE defender at LBCC, having contributed to 92 tackles and 10 sacks in his two seasons with the program and after watching his video (below for your viewing pleasure), I’m scratching my head as to why he didn’t have a lot more offers.
Obichere definitely possesses that highly coveted “motor” and has a fantastic initial burst. He was a more-than-fair shot putter at LA’s Westchester High, which speaks to some of his raw power as well. It will be interesting to see which way on the scale the Broncos will want him to slide. I could easily see him packing on another 10–15 lbs. and not losing much burst or I could see him dropping perhaps 20 and being more of a Tyrone Crawford-eque hybrid. Either way, it seems like he’s a great candidate for significant playing time in 2020 (given the season happens, of course). Right now, I think we’ll see much more Scott Matlock and Keeghan Freeborn in 2020 and transfer Jackson Cravens is sure to be in the mix as well (Scale Igiehon—consider yourself entrenched). Depth is paramount on the interior line, and I think we’ll enter the season with plenty—we’ll just need the experience gap to narrow in a hurry.
Is he on Twitter?
He is, and...ditto.
I can’t wait to be a Boise legend.— 50 (@_kiingd50_) January 20, 2020
Completely made up fact
Obichere constantly has strangers coming up to him and forgiving him, likely because of the old idiom “To err is human, to forgive Divine”. Oh man, we’re not off to a rousing start, are we?