Boise State lineman Rees Odhiambo is on Watch Lists for the Rotary Lombardi Trophy (given annually to the collegiate lineman who best exemplifies Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Green Bay Packers) and the Outland Trophy (awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate interior lineman). Odhiambo started eight games as a sophomore and nine last season--in talking with him today, one gets the sense that he is looking forward to his senior year, and all that that experience brings.
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Last season, Odhiambo helped the Broncos average 39.7 points a game (ninth in the nation) and over 494 yards per game of total offense (14th in the country). With the return of six players with starting experience, it should be easy to gel this season. At this point, Odhiambo is happy with the progress the unit has made over the last year, saying "We just have to make sure we stay consistent with what we do."
Bronco players have had a few days to react to the naming of sophomore Ryan Finley as starting quarterback, and Odhiambo said "Finley does a really good job of getting the ball out. I'm just excited to see him grow and keep getting better."
Odhiambo and the Broncos have ten days to prepare for the 2015 season opener against Washington, set for Friday, September 4 in Albertsons Stadium. Odhiambo expects a tough battle from the Huskies: "They play agressive. They play really well as a team, and they do a lot of different things to try to get you off balance. I know they're going to come out and they're going to compete really hard."
Odhiambo has welcomed the transition to school with classes starting this week: "It's just nice to kind of have a break and go to classes and come back and shift gears. It's a nice refresher instead of just doing football all day."
That's just the answer you would expect from a three-time All-Mountain West Conference academic performer.