Leighton Vander Esch
Leighton  Vander Esch

RS Junior

Riggins, Idaho

High School:
Salmon River HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 240


General Business


Vander Esch Goes To Dallas In First Round

Leighton Vander Esch becomes the fifth Boise State player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft


Vander Esch To Attend NFL Draft

Former Bronco linebacker among 22 prospects to attend the draft


Pro Day Set for Tuesday

Boise State will be providing a live stream of the event beginning at 11:45 a.m.


Boise State Has 73 Named Academic All-MW

Boise State Athletics sets department record with 73 student-athletes named to 2017 Fall Academic All-Mountain West Team


Vander Esch, Wilson Ready For NFL Combine

Former Broncos will take part in the NFL Combine this weekend in Indianapolis


Boise State vs. Oregon

Photos from Boise State football vs. Oregon - Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017


Boise State vs. Fresno State

Photos from Boise State football vs. Fresno State - Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017


Boise State vs. Nevada

Photos from Boise State football vs. Nevada - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017


Boise State Takes Care Of Wyoming

MW Football


Boise State Slips Past SDSU

MW Football

  • Burlsworth Trophy Candidate (2017)
  • Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year (2017) 
  • All-Mountain West First Team (2017)
  • Mountain West Championship Game Defensive MVP (2017) 
  • 3x Mountain West All-Academic Team (2015-17)

    RS JUNIOR (2017): Named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and to the all-conference first team...started all 14 games...ranked 14th in the FBS with 10.1 tackles per game, as well as fifth in the country with 6.5 solo tackles per game...led the Broncos with 141 tackles (91 solo) while also racking up 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.0 sacks, three interceptions and forcing four fumbles...had a sack among his seven tackles (six solo) against Troy (Sept. 2)...made a career-high 16 tackles (10 solo), two sacks and forced a fumble at Washington State (Sept. 9)...intercepted a pass, forced a fumble, and made 13 tackles (seven solo) against New Mexico (Sept. 14)...shared a tackle-for-loss among his 10 tackles (six solo) against Virginia (Sept. 22)...recorded his second interception of the season, returning it 36 yards, and made six tackles (five solo) at BYU (Oct. 6)...posted a game-high 11 tackles (nine solo), including one for loss, at San Diego State (Oct. 14)...for the second-straight game, posted a game-high 11 tackles (seven solo) for the Broncos vs. Wyoming (Oct. 21)...tallied five total tackles (one solo) in the victory at Utah State (Oct. 28)...collected seven tackles (five solo) vs. Nevada (Nov. 4)...made 13 total tackles (seven solo) with one tackle-for-loss at Colorado State (Nov. 11)...also had one forced fumble in overtime (recovered by Horton) to end the Rams' drive and the game...made six total tackles (two solo) vs. Air Force (Nov. 18)...collected eight tackles (six solo) in the loss at Fresno State (Nov. 25)...won MW Championship Game Defensive MVP after tying his career-high with 16 tackles (10 solo), 10 of those in the first half, along with icing the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter in victory over Fresno State (Dec. 2)...recorded a sack, forced a fumble, and made 12 tackles at the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon (Dec. 16). 

    RS SOPHOMORE (2016): Limited to six games due to injuries throughout the year...made 27 tackles (23 solo) including 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack, also picked off a pass...recorded a sack among his five tackles (four solo) at Louisiana (Sept. 3)...shared a tackle-for-loss among his two tackles against Washington State (Sept. 10)...made three solo tackles at Oregon State (Sept. 24)...came up with his first-career interception, made 2.0 tackles-for-loss among his nine tackles (seven solo) at Air Force (Nov. 25)...made six solo tackles against Baylor (Dec. 27).

    RS FRESHMAN (2015): Appeared in 12 games...had 20 tackles (14 solo) including a sack and recovered a fumble...rushed once for 10 yards and a first down on a fake punt...made a solo tackle against Washington (Sept. 4)...broke up a pass and made two tackles (one solo) against Idaho State (Sept. 18)...had three tackles (two solo) at Virginia (Sept. 25)....recovered a fumble and made three solo tackles against Hawai'i (Oct. 3)...had a tackle-for-loss among his four tackles (two solo) against Wyoming (Oct. 24)...made six tackles (five solo) and led the team onto the field with The Hammer at UNLV (Oct. 31)...rushed for 10 yards on a successful fake punt against New Mexico (Nov. 14).

    FRESHMAN (2014): Redshirted the season.

    Played football, basketball and track and field at Salmon River High School...helped team to 1A Division II state titles in both football and basketball as a junior and senior...averaged 29.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a senior on the basketball team...named IdahoSports.com Student-Athlete of the Year in 2014...All-Idaho 1A Division II Player of the Year...played quarterback and middle linebacker...in 2013 completed 60.8 percent of his passes (121-for-199) for 2,155 yards and 28 touchdowns with just one interception...also carried 157 times for 1,565 yards and 34 touchdowns...on defense he made 131 tackles (85 solo) with five interceptions, five fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns...played for head coach Charlie Shepherd.



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