2005 Bronco Football Walkons: (Updated 7/02/05)

Much of Boise State's football success can be linked to the tradition of walkon success. Currently there are 2 NFL Players (and 1 hopeful) and 2 CFL players who started their careers by walking on the Bronco squad. Last season there were 5 former walkons who started for the #12 ranked Broncos (K/WR/C/LB/RB), and right now there is at least 1 incumbent 2005 starter who began as a walkon... So, who will be the next players to go from unknown to stars on the Blue?

Unconfirmed 2005 Boise State Invited Walkons

As most of you already know, an invited walkon is different from another type of walkon.  An invited walkon can join the team prior to the season when new players report.  These are the players that just missed out on scholarship offers, (or had offers to other schools and turned them down to join the Broncos), and if history has taught us anything, could very well be awarded scholarships in the near future and end up being team leaders and NFL hopefuls.  Of course, NONE of these players are confirmed walkons, simply because, as walkons, they're not committed to the school and could change their minds at any time and go elsewhere.  These are, however, players who have indicated at one time or another, that they had accepted invitations to walk on the Boise State team.  This list is not exclusive or exhaustive.  There could be other players who will walkon, and if you know of any we encourage you to contact us so we can add them to the list, in an attempt to make it more comprehensive.

Van Dunn DT
Nampa, ID 
6'4 255lbs
Led the 4A SIC in sacks this season with 15 and finished his career with a school-record 40.  Tied for the most sacks as a Junior.  A 4-year starter, who was named the All-Idaho Defensive Player of the Year, had 51 total tackles last year.  Was also 5A 1st Team All-Idaho DT in 2003.  1 of 3 All-Idaho 1st Team defensive players to be invited to walk-on the Broncos squad.
Bernardo Gomez K
Glenns Ferry, ID 
2002 grad
Not much is known of the newly rumored kicker walking on the team other than he was a teammate of MLB Korey Hall and was the 2A Idaho High School Kicker of the Year (2002). He has reportedly kept his kicking skills sharp. Also could be a greyshirt walkon.
Zac McNally MLB
De La Salle, CA 
6'0 230lbs
Was the top-rated LB at the Oregon Nike camp, running the 40 in 4.87, the shuttle in 4.2, going 27 inches in the vertical and with 27 reps on the bench.
Has a very strong body, loves the weight room and should be a monster with the pads on in the fall.

Was the Linebacker MVP of the 2004 Boise State camp.

Rico Russo DB/WR
Granite Bay, CA 
6'0 195lbs
Russo was named the Metro Conference MVP after amassing 1,928 all-purpose yards, 44 receptions for 658 yards, and 588 rushing yards. He scored 12 touchdowns and had six interceptions.
Andy Silsby LB
Bishop Kelly, ID 
5'11 200lbs
Lined up at FB and still rushed for 667 yards and 5TD's.  1st Team All-State and All-Conference LB in 2004.  1st -Team All State and All-Conference RB in 2003.  Led BK as a Jr. with 935 all purpose yards and 9 TD's averaged 7.3 yards per carry.  1 of 3 All-Idaho 1st Team defensive players to be invited to walk-on the Broncos squad.
Derek Tough Rover
Granite Bay, CA 
5'81/2 177lbs
5'8 1/2 180lb Rover.  Named 2nd team all conference defense after both his Junior and Senior seasons for Granite Bay.  (40: 4.56)  (VJ: 33.5)  Also set a new school record his Senior season with 41 solo tackles 39 assists and 3 interceptions.
Steve Tracey DB/WR
Bishop Kelly, ID 
6'1 175lbs
4A All-Idaho 1st Team WR, Caught 44 passes for 1059 yards, also had 7 INT's as a senior, w/ 1 returned for a TD.  Was BK's big-play threat.  Was an All-Idaho 4A Hon. Mention WR in 2003.  Also a stand-out basketball player for the Knights.
Tim Brady QB/LB
Bishop Kelly 
(2004 Graduate) 
6'2 215lbs
The 2004 4A offensive player of the year at Bishop Kelly.  Led his team to the Southern Idaho Conference title. He threw for 1,442 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for 478 yards and 10 more scores.  Originally went to Carroll College in Montana as a WR, rumored to be walking on the Bronco squad this fall with a plan of redshirting and pushing for a spot at OLB. 

Very similar in size and playing background to current Bronco LB Dallas Dobbs. (Also a former QB, (6'2 220lbs) who is a very smart, athletic player with the ability to be both a thinking player and a bruising hitter.

Jesse Childs CB/DB
Borah, ID
6'2 210lbs
Very well known to Bronco fans because of his father, (Chris Childs).  Despite his basketball roots, he is better on the gridiron, which is saying a lot for the 5-A All-Idaho 1st team point guard.  After just 1 year of organized ball (Timberline as a Jr) since pee-wee, Childs went on to star for the Borah defense as a Senior, invited to play in the Idaho All-Star Prep Football game as a DB after being named to the Idaho 5-A All Idaho 1st Team Defense as a DB.

Described as Idaho's "best cover corner, can take away opponents' top receiver" by Borah head coach Brent Koetter.  Childs is a very talented DB with great size/speed.  Has a self-reported 40 time of 4.5, despite being as large/larger than some Bronco linebackers.  Still has lots of room for improvement, which is actually quite impressive.  Extremely athletic.

Brandon Huppert FB/ILB Edmonds-Woodward HS
6'1 200lbs
The leader of the very stout Edmonds-Woodward HS Defense.  Was Honorable Mention All-Conference as a Junior on a team that finished 4-6, then led the team in off-season workouts.  Was All-Conference 1st Team LB'r as a Senior.  Was named his school's "Scholar Athlete", earning a $3000.00 scholarship, which he'll use at Boise State where he plans to walk-on the team and major in Engineering.

Also was a track-star for Edmonds-Woodward.  It is not known if he is an invited walk-on or if he's a true walkon.

Toby Moore* WR/DB
Greenleaf Friends Academy
6'1 ½ 195lbs
The fastest Idaho recruit at the Idaho Combine a year ago, good size and speed make Moore a lethal combination.  He was recruited fairly actively by both Utah State, Idaho State, and Idaho, as well as asked to walkon at BYU.  Moore was also named to the Idaho All-Stars Gridiron Game to be played July 9th.

Moore was also a member of the NorthWest Hot 100 recruits (#84) as ranked by Scout.com's Chris Fetters.  Toby is expected to grayshirt his first year with Boise State.

Torry McAlvain WR/DB
Mountain View
6'2 192lbs
Also named to the Idaho All-Stars Gridiron Game to be played July 9th.  Has good size and strength, but is more a possession receiver than a burner.  Does have good speed though as was 10th at the 5-A State Meet in the 400 meter dash last year as a Junior with a time of 51.9 seconds.

His dad is also, (I believe.. they have the same name), the owner of the Construction Company that is doing the Indoor Practice Facility.

Kevin Crumley OL/DL
Meridian HS
6'4 250lbs
The only member of the 5-A All-Idaho squad to make both the Offensive and Defensive 1st Teams.  (Quite an accomplishment considering the players he beat out on both sides)  Played DE on defense, ("(He was) very explosive off the ball. He is a great competitor and athlete to play at his level both ways all year long," Meridian coach Mike Virden noted.  On defense, he finished with 40 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 INT.  "(He was) the best defensive player I have ever coached. (He was a) student of the game," Meridian coach Mike Virden noted." He) really knew how to use his hands.''  Has good speed for his size, (4.98 40yds) 
William, "Max" Davis WR/DB
Bishop Kelly
5'10 170lbs
A playmaker every time he touched the ball for the state-champion Knights. He rushed for 1,303 yards, had 218 yards receiving, 451 yards on kickoff returns and scored 28 total touchdowns. He scored three TDs in the championship game.  Was the other half of the BK Backfield along with confirmed walkon Andy Silsby.

"He has it all — great vision, quickness and strength," BK coach Tim Brennan said.  

Brandon Rule DE
Centennial HS
6'8 230lbs
Imposing DE because of his height, he was also called very athletic by his HS Coach.  Was Idaho 5-A All-State Defense 2nd Team as a Senior.  Will play in the Idaho All-Stars Prep Football Game on July 9th. 
Chris Chalmers K/P
Invited walkon.  Chalmers has a list of honors and accomplishments, from All-League 1st Team Punter, to National Kicking and Punting Competition Finalist.  Chalmers was a Hawaii commit, but much as we may lose some of our walkon commit's, they lost this gem to the Broncos.
Lester Gray* LB
Meridian HS
6'2 225lbs
Grayshirting walkon.  5A All-State 1st Team Linebacker.  Gray led Meridian in tackles and tackles for loss. He also had two interceptions and two sacks.  "He made big hits and big plays over and over for our defense," Meridian coach Mike Virden noted. "(He was) very fast to the ball from tackle to tackle or sideline to sideline."  Lester has the size to play D1 ball immediately.  As a Jr had 75 tackles for Meridian.  Played alongside fellow Bronco walkon Kevin Crumley to form a formidible defensive front for the Warriors.
KC Billetz* WR/DB
Post Falls HS
6'1 185lbs
Grayshirting walkon.  Was the Post Falls QB and Punter as well as DB.  2005 4A 2nd Team All-State Defensive Back.  The Post Falls High School 2005 salutatorian and currently carries a 4.23 GPA with a cumulative grade point average of 4.195

Great high school article, including pic, here

Brett Davis* WR
Capital HS
5'11 175lbs
Grayshirting walkon.  Brett won the Idaho HS 5A 100 yard dash, beating Twin Falls flash Brody Miller with a time of 11.15, He was also 4th in the 200.
Mike Ames* OL
Centennial HS
6'5 250lbs
Grayshirting walkon.  5A All-State 2nd Team OLineman.  The lone returning starter for the Centennial Offense last year.  Was the anchor of a revamped but very successful OLine. 
Trey Spath* CB
Caldwell HS
5'11 175lbs
Grayshirt walkon.  Spath returns to lead the Cougars, who advanced to the state semifinals last year.  "He has really matured as an athlete to have a big-time year," Caldwell second-year coach Matt Strong said.  Spath didn't put up huge passing numbers last season, but he was versatile.  He was 84-of-179 for 1,011 yards. He had seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. Spath rushed for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns.  "Very athletic," Kuna coach Steve Despot noted.  Also ran track for Caldwell, (sprinter/jumper)  Also starred on the hardwood.

*= Anticipated Bronco Grayshirt Walkon.  Information from KTIK's 6/30/05 interivew w/ an Idaho HS All-Star Game Official.

Bronco Country Top Stories