21 days. By my estimation, that’s only three weeks. To commemorate, let’s highlight #21, Andrew Van Buren.
#21, Andrew Van Buren, Senior, RB
Weight: 240 lbs (+12 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
I think it’s widely known at this point.
Fellow teammate John Ojukwu
Last season, AVB started the last 5 games of the season and carried the ball 111 times for 382 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Broncos.
For his career as a Bronco, AVB has 207 carries for 810 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was productive last season posting his first 100 yard game agains Hawaii.
The starting RB position is most likely going to go to George Holani, who is coming off of injury from last year, an injury that gave AVB plenty of opportunity to solidify himself as the number 2 coming into this season. Unfortunately the running game struggled after Holani left, now this is probably a mix of issues with the offensive line, and AVB not being an every down kind of back, but it created questions coming into his senior season. The Broncos pulled in an Oregon transfer in Cyrus Habibi-Likio, this will certainly create competition in fall camp, but also adds much needed depth to the position.
AVB will play this season, and has the ability to make a big impact. As a big bruising back he is sure to score touchdowns in the red zone. As I have said countless times in this countdown, a new coaching staff coming in with new vision and leadership creates many questions for us fans to ponder. Competition is good, and hopefully all our running backs are hungry and ready to produce this year.
Is he on Twitter?
He is! And he likes this new helmet combo. What do you think? Comment below, and don’t forget to like, rate and subscribe.
Completely made up fact
Here at OBNUG we love to refer to Andrew Van Buren as AVB, but in the locker room he is known as simply “AV” because of his knack for all things audio and visual. During breaks, before and after practice, Andrew can be found rewiring the entire Bleymaier Football Center for surround sound.