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Boise State roster countdown 2020: Day 86, Tyler Eiguren

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Today is my first day since the countdown started that I’m not highlighting a defensive lineman. God, I miss them. With 86 days left until kickoff (hopefully), today we’ll look at #86 on the Boise State roster—Tyler Eiguren

#86, Tyler Eiguren, RS Freshman, TE

Stats

Height: 6-3

Weight: 245 lbs

High School: Fruitland High School, Fruitland, ID

How’d he get to The BlueTM?

Eiguren was a four-year starter up the road at Fruitland High School, where he played on both sides of the ball (tight end and defensive line). He was named first-team all-state on defense by USA Today and the Idaho Statesman after making 76 tackles, and second-team all-state as a tight end by the Statesman. After a two-year church mission, he decided to stick close to home and join the Broncos as a preferred walk-on.

Nickname

”Iggy”

Not to be confused with Ziggy.

Look-alike

Aspirational tight end Jake Roh

Career highlights

Kinda already touched on these, so maybe let’s take a look at some of that Eiguren action

2020 Prospectus

Boise State hasn’t quite gotten back to their tight end salad days (besides, tight end salads are surprisingly high in calories), but last season they made some good headway. In 2019, Boise State had tight ends 5th and 8th in receiving yards (John Bates and Garrett Collingham, respectively)...a marked improvement over 2018 when they went 8 and 11 (same dudes). The biggest improvement came in number of touches as Bates went from 10 receptions in 2018 to 22 last year—with the depth Boise State has at receiver, carving out 20+ receptions is saying something. So, tomorrow’s highlightee John Bates will again likely be the top receiving tight end on the roster, but with Collingham now graduated, that second tight end on the receiving chart is sort of up for grabs and that’s been my roundabout way of finally getting to Mr. Eiguren.

Our full tight end chart looks like this: John Bates (obvs), Riley Smith, Tyler Eiguren, Kaden Deluna, and Tyneil Hopper. Then you have Liberty grad transfer Mason Sikes already on campus and Austin Bolt and Russell Corrigan soon to be. Based on “camp hype” I feel like Hopper might be the best receiving TE in that group, after Bates, but Bolt is a special talent as well and may even be more in the Jeb-Putzier-really-a-receiver mold. With Collingham and Pistone having moved on and Cole Ramseyer having medically retired, there is plenty of room for some fresh faces to make their mark. Eiguren has the size and athleticism to slide into that Collingham role. Will he? It’s way too early to tell. My gut says that Hopper, Bolt, and Sikes (who had 221 yards and 3 TDs last season at Liberty) will be at the top of the pecking order (in what order, I dunno), but that’s why you play the game. Fall camp will tell the tale.

Is he on Twitter?

Not a real active tweeter, but here’s here (@eiguren23) if you’re lookin’

Completely made up fact

Eiguren is a Basque surname and while Eiguren was born and raised in Idaho, if you tell him Kaixo. Ez dakit euskaraz he’ll give you a knowing nod.