The countdown is about to get 86’d...come to think of it, we all are. With 86 days until kickoff, today we’ll look at #86 on the Boise State football roster—Tyler Eiguren
#86, Tyler Eiguren, Sophomore, TE
Weight: 252 lbs (+7)
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.
”The Eiger Sanction”
I nicknamed him “Iggy” last year, but already doled that out to Scale Igiehon this year. The fact that this is the second thing that came into my head, speaks volumes about the state of my brain.
Aspirational tight end Jake Roh
He redshirted in 2019 and did not see action last year (did anyone really?), so enjoy these high school highlights (perhaps again)
I wouldn’t say the tight end has disappeared from the Boise State offense, but they’ve certainly been a little more “low key” of late. Despite all that, John Bates was recently selected in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team. Bates improved his draft stock impressively on the strength of postseason all-star games but I’m hoping one from this current crop of tight ends will start that draft buzz a bit earlier—on The Blue™.
The most natural pick for breakout tight end this year is former-QB Riley Smith—a junior—who hauled in 15 receptions for 155 yards and a TD last year and also rushed the ball 4 times for 36 yards. Based on his high school resumé alone, I’d say Austin Bolt is next in my wishful thinking and then after him would be one of the following dudes: Russell Corrigan (Fr), our Mr. Eiguren (So), Tyneil Hopper (Jr), true frosh Matthew Lauter, or grad-transfer Kurt Rafdal (Sr).
That’s a lot of dudes at a position that hasn’t been widely used or discussed lately, but there is a lot of talent there as well and hopefully Tim Plough knows a thing or two about using these big fellas. Eiguren hauled in a TD pass in the Spring Game, so I’m adding him to my list of pass catchers, where I also think Smith, Lauter, and Bolt will stand out. Hopper, Corrigan, and Rafdal should be able to get it done as blockers (though Rafdal would be a biiiiig target). Heck, Hopper might even be able to line up at fullback as he appears to be one of the more compact dudes in the group. At any rate, I think we should be good to go with our current crop if Plough can dial up some good packages for them. QB1 will have a load of capable WRs to choose from, so might as well add some bruisers into his sights as well.
Is he on Twitter?
Not a real active tweeter, but here you go...(@eiguren23)
Completely made up fact
Eiguren’s old stomping ground, Fruitland, actually used to be called Fruitstripegumland but that only lasted about 45 seconds.