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Boise State roster countdown 2020: Day 21, Andrew Van Buren

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Boise State at San Jose State Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I’d like to wish a happy birthday to the venerable Drew Roberts! Make sure you say hi to him on the Twitters. Today let’s highlight #21, Andrew Van Buren.

#21, Andrew Van Buren, Junior, RB

Stats

Height: 6’

Weight: 234 lbs (+11 lbs)

High School: Chaminade Prep, West Hills, CA

How’d he get to the Blue™?

Andrew had a solid offer list coming out of Chaminade Prep. It included UCLA, Iowa State, Boston College, Colorado, and a slew of Mountain West teams. Like many Broncos before him, he made the wise decision to come to The Blue

Nickname

“AVB”

I think it’s widely known at this point.

Look-a-like

John Boyega

Career Highlights

Last season, AVB carried the ball 62 times for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Broncos. He split a lot of time with Mahone and Holani much of the season before Holani emerged in the second half.

For his career as a Bronco, AVB has 96 carries for 428 yards and 2 touchdowns. He roughly doubled his production between the two seasons.

2020 Prospectus

2020 is proving to be an interesting year, to put in mildly. As far as the running backs go, Holani is the presumed starter based on his production last season. Between Mahone and AVB it seems to be a toss-up. Both are bruisers, though AVB has about 10 lbs on Mahone. Despite Holani starting, I fully expect both to be heavily involved in the office. I would put them as an “or” for #2. Smith rounds out the RB corps as of now, though once Taequan Tyler arrives on campus that may change.

Is he on Twitter?

He is! Apparently he is a fan of MMA, too.

Completely made up fact

With COVID shutting many things down, Andrew decided to make a little extra money by doing demolition. He has no tools, but at 6’, 234 lbs and running a 4.5 40, you don’t need them. He just pretends the walls are unsuspecting linebackers or fool-hardy safeties.