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Boise State Roster Countdown 2021: Day 0, JL Skinner

Mountain West Football Championship - Boise State v San Jose State Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

We have now reached the number of days remaining till the season as the number of losses Boise State had in 2009: 0! FOOTBALL SEASON IS FINALLY HERE! Rounding out our countdown of players, today we will be highlighting the first player to get to wear the “0” for Boise State—S, JL Skinner

#0 JL Skinner, Jr, Safety


Height: 6’ 4”

Weight: 218 lbs

High School: Point Lima HS, San Diego, CA

How’d he get to the Blue™?

He was a three star recruit per 247Sports and ESPN out of high school and he made it to Boise State by steering clear of a school in his own back yard, San Diego State (WHICH ISN’T A STATE BY THE WAY) and picking the Broncos. He also had offers from Cal, Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville, most of the rest of the Mountain West, and BY-ewwwww.


“The Psychologist”

Taking a page from the book of the famed pioneer of Skinner Boxes and operant conditioning, JL has conditioned opposing quarterbacks to throw at not-him, and “reinforced” the fear tailbacks have of running near him by making it painful to do so.


Patron saint of DBs, Deion Sanders

Career Highlights

Skinner made the Athlon All-Mountain West 4th Team on the back of a sophomore season where he put up 37 tackles (one TFL), one pass defensed, and one only six games. As a freshman, he got in the rotation to defend three passes and had 14 tackles (.5 TFLs). Also, you can enjoy the high school highlights that made him so coveted below:

2021 Prospectus

JL is locked in as the starter on the defensive back-end, opposite Tyreque Jones. With his frame, talent, and speed, look for him to be ranked significantly higher on Athlon’s All-Conference team. He should have a more than solid year as a dependable member of the secondary.

Is he on Twitter?

Completely made up fact

JL chose the jersey number “0” because he watched Hercules a lot as a kid and was a big fan of the concept of “Zero to Hero.”