BOISE, Idaho Walk on student-athletes to the Boise State University football team face many challenges. They must deal with the responsibility of paying for school while playing football, maintaining grades to be academically eligible and dealing with their low listing on the depth chart. Junior linebacker Tim Brady has dealt firsthand with many of the obstacles walk ons must face with on the field.
“You have to fight your way onto the depth chart over scholarship guys they chose,” Brady said. “You can’t have a bad day as a walk on.”
The desire to earn a football scholarship can motivate a student-athlete as much in high school as it does when they are a walk on, but injuries and inconsistent play can jeopardize the scholarship.
“If you get injured you are falling back, it pushes you that much further down the depth chart and then you are that much further from a scholarship,” said Brady. “So you are walking on thin ice as a walk on. You have a lot to prove and can’t make a lot of mistakes. Day in and day out you have to come in and prove yourself.”
Brady’s hard working mentality and desire to prove himself does not come just from being a walk on, it extends from being a linebacker for the Broncos.
“As linebackers here at Boise State we pride ourselves on being the hardest working group, the most physical group and the toughest group,” Brady said. “We like to go out there play injured, play hurt and play hard, that is what we pride ourselves on.”
Brady will be joined by a talented group of linebackers who are ready to leave their mark on the position and give Bronco fans the new generation of Backer Nation.
Kyle Gingg, 5’11”, 216 lbs., junior, was a co-starter at for the Broncos in 2006. He finished fourth on the team with 50 tackles while also recording four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
“Gingg has focus and football intelligence,” linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator Viliami Tuivai said. “He is a very smart player.”
David Shields, 6’1”, 220 lbs., junior, was the other co-starter on the 2006 team, he finished the season ninth on the team with 44 tackles.
“David Shields is athleticism,” Tuivai said. “He has good football awareness and he can get to the ball unlike any backer on the team.”
Mike Altieri, 5’11”, 222 lbs., senior, sat out during the 2006 season because of injury.
“Altieri is football savvy,” Tuivai said. “Being a all-state quarterback coming out of high school, he has a feel for offenses and a savvy for what they are trying to do. He is one of the only guys I have ever seen intercept an option play during practice.”
Ellis Powers, 5’10”, 206 lbs., junior, was a defensive back for the Broncos in 2006.
“Powers is a kid who is athleticism and hustle,” Tuivai said. “He has great hustle and is running to the ball really well.”
Tim Brady, 6’1” 205 lbs., junior, was a back up linebacker and special teams player on the 2006 team.
“Tim Brady is blue-collar,” Tuivai said. “He shows up to work everyday. You know what you are going to get out of him and he very consistent in his efforts.”
Josh Bean, 6’2”, 223 lbs., senior, was a back up linebacker and special teams player in 2006.
“Bean is muscle and brawn is what he is,” Tuivai said. “He is a fifth-year senior but we are going to see what he is about. He has the chance to crack the line up here soon.”
Hunter White, 5’11”, 201 lbs., freshman, played his high school football in Newport Beach, Calif.
“White has a lot of big time upside,” Tuivai said. “He will be a big time playmaker special teams wise in the near future. He also has great football intelligence.”
Aaron Tevis, 6’3”, 206 lbs., freshman, played his high school football in Tucson, Ariz.
“Tevis has football intelligence,” Tuivai said. “He is very rangy, has great speed and plays with great leverage.”
Dave Wilson, 6’1”, 212 lbs., and Matt Wilson, 6’1”, 213 lbs., join Boise State after playing high school football in Powell, Wyo.
“Both of those guys are finding their place at Boise State,” Tuivai said. “They are guys that understand the expectation but they are still trying to figure their way out and we are still trying to figure out what they are about.”
Dallas Dobbs, 6’2”, 220 lbs., junior, was a back up linebacker and special teams player in 2006.
“Dallas Dobbs is wisdom,” Tuivai said. “That guys has been around, this is going to be his fourth year and it looks like he is going to crack the lineup.”
Derrell Acrey, 6’2”, 232 lbs., freshman, was named the team’s defensive scout player of the year while redshirting in 2006.
“Acrey is potentially baby Ray Lewis,” Tuivai said. “He brings a lot of enthusiasm and is one of the few guys that have personality.”
Cody Darrington, 5’10”, 178 lbs., freshman, played high school football in Glenns Ferry, Idaho.
“We are not sure yet on what he is,” Tuivai said. “He is trying to find out and we are trying to find out. He got into camp late but the last Glenns Ferry guy for us was pretty good so we will see what he is about.”
Ben Chandler, 6’3”, 227 lbs., freshman, signed with Boise State in February 2006.
“He is still finding his way as he tries to find his role,” Tuivai said.