71 is the atomic number of lutetium and in an insane coincidence is also the number of days until the AGREED UPON start to Boise State’s season AND the jersey number of Donte Harrington. What. Are. The. Odds.
#71, Donte Harrington, Senior, OL
Weight: 300 lbs. (-4 lbs)
High School: San Clemente High School, San Clemente, CA
How’d he get to The Blue™?
Harrington passed on an offer to join the Army and signed with the Broncos instead. Technically he was committed to Army, but it was brief (like my stint in the KISS Army). Donte was a 3-star recruit out of San Clemente High and rated the 13th-best center in the country in the 2016 class. In his home state of California, he was rated the #1 center recruit as a senior—not too shabby. Despite those notable accolades, the Broncos only had to beat out Army for his services. Pitman’s boot camp is just as tough, I hear.
Almost was the look-alike too
Irv Gotti (still)
Played in six games for the Broncos in 2018, with four starts.
Played in 7 games in a back-up role as a redshirt freshman, contributing to Boise State’s (then) 9th-straight 1,000 yard rusher (Mattison).
Earned first-team All-Sea View League, first-team All-CIF Southwest Division and first-team All-Orange County as a senior at San Clemente. He allowed zero sacks as a senior. That’s big time.
Harrington essentially missed the entire 2019 season with the dreaded ACL tear, but given how it’s been well over a year since his surgery (injury happened during early 2019 workouts), he should be ready to go for 2020 (if anything IS ready to go). If this is truly the case, I think Harrington has a good shot at sliding into the starting center position...he’s got some decent experience, has the compact frame for the gig and is what rhyming folk would call a “scholar baller” (he’s S-M-A-T...I mean S-M-A-R-T). Without re-iterating my projected O-line starters, just know that I think Harrington makes the cut...and if he is able to procure a hardship waiver...we could potentially see him for two more seasons holding down the middle of the line (note: I do NOT know if he’s pursuing such an endeavor). I don’t love the experience level of the line in 2020, but I think the talent is as good as it’s been in a while, all things considered.
Is he on Twitter?
Yeah, buddy...and good day stacking is preferred to turtle-stacking
Stacking good days, on good day days. One day at a time— Donté Harrington (@HarringtonDonte) January 22, 2020
Completely made up fact
Harrington has every Hall & Oates album ever recorded, included their special crossover album Hall & Oates & Crosby & Stills & Nash & Captain & Tenille