Derek Schouman Drafted By The Buffalo Bills!

Derek Schouman exemplifies the Boise State football team. Hard-working, humble, and extremely talented. He stared adversity in the face and beat it back. Today, Schouman is a Buffalo Bill, chosen by the team in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

Four makes a record. 


Tight end extraordinaire Derek Schouman (6-2, 233) was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of today's National Football League Draft.  The local Eagle High School product was part of a record group of Boise State seniors that were drafted this year.


Schouman's teammates Gerald Alexander, Legedu Naanee and Korey Hall were also selected to play in the NFL this weekend.


I first met Derek while volunteering to boost Boise State season ticket sales four years ago.  Derek's mom brought him to meet all of us that day; I thought it to be a particularly important gesture to Derek.  As his mom explained, she wanted to give Derek a behind-the-scenes look at what people do so that he can get a college scholarship.


Schouman impressed Bronco coaches and fans right from the start, taking the field as a freshman.  His speed made him a dangerous threat and created matchup problems for opposing linebackers.  His size not only made him a bruising runner after the catch but a terrific blocker as well.


Derek became a starter during that first year, and a crowd favorite as well.  Fans began taking off their shoes every time he made a catch in honor of #91.  He caught 17 passes for 272 yards and four scores as Boise State finished the season ranked in the top fifteen and defeated TCU 34-31 in the Fort Worth Bowl. 


In his sophomore season, Derek caught 15 passes for 284 yards despite an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.  His big target was missed, but he was a key in the Liberty Bowl with three receptions for 53 yards as the Broncos battled Louisville to the end.  Boise State finished the year in the top fifteen for the third consecutive year.


Derek started 11 games in his junior year and finished with 16 catches for 168 yards and a touchdown.  Prior to the season, "Schou", as he is affectionately known, was named as the nation's 18th best tight end by The Sporting News.  Schouman helped the Broncos to the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference. 



Derek put it all together his senior year in a campaign that earned him All-WAC honors.  Schouman was fourth in receiving with 21 catches for 204 yards and three scores.  He came up big in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl with eight catches, including the game-tying touchdown in overtime as Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42.  Schouman was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List prior to the season.  Schou and the Broncos were the nation's only unbeaten team and finished the year ranked #5. 




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