Working Out...

When he was a senior at Lake Charles (La.) Barbe HS, Caleb Caple was hoping to get out of the Bayou and head somewhere near Idaho or Utah for school. A prospect in the class of 2005, though, Caple chose the wrong time to be interested in the programs in that area. But after serving an LDS mission, Caple found a home for himself on the Blue Turf of Boise State..

Caleb Caple Player Profile

Originally recruited in the class of 2005, Caleb Caple didn't see the options he hoped for as high school ended. "That was the year (2005) that Urban Meyer left from Florida and BYU and Utah State's coaches got fired," said Caple. "I was looking at Utah, Utah State, BYU and Boise State. I was stuck in a dilemma, so I decided to go on a (LDS) mission, and things started to work out." Caple served that mission in Milan, Italy from September 2005 to September 2007.

In working out, Caple's dream of playing college football became a reality when Boise State was one of three schools to offer him a chance to walk-on.

"I got walk-on offers from Hawaii, Missouri and Boise State," said Caple. "Boise happened to be the best fit for me. I have family out here in this area, in fact I have family all over Idaho. I always wanted to come play out west. Boise State happened to be the best school that fit me."

So Caple will start his career with the Broncos as a walk-on receiver, which is the position he was recruited at out of high school.

He enrolled at Boise State earlier this year, and is starting college three years after he graduated from his school, as a freshman.

"I'm enjoying it and I love it a lot. It's been pretty good. The adjustment is a little difficult with a new area and a new system. I've been out of the game for two years so I'm trying to get my body in shape and back to normal from the mission."

Caple knows as a walk-on, he's got his work cut out for him.

"I know I'm probably not high on the coaches list of players, but my goal is to prove what I have. Right now, we're doing a little and working out and working on some new plays. But the spring time is when I'll be able to show my stuff."

Caple said he's grown to appreciate the system that Broncos coach Chris Peterson has in place.

"I like it a lot, it's pretty mixed up and balanced, but they get the receivers mixed in pretty good, but it's not loaded with just passing or just running. I kind of like how they have to get mixed up," said Caple.

The way things were going after he graduated made Caple pause to decide whether he wanted to continue playing.

"That was the thing before the mission. I was nervous before because I didn't know if I would ever have the chance to play again," said Caple. "But I stayed positive and I loved the game of football. And things worked out better after I served my mission. It's worked for other football players, if it could happen to them it can happen to me."

Like many players who put on the blue and orange of Boise State, he was a big fan of the Broncos' Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma. Only he didn't get to see the game until recently.

"I was out on my mission at that time so I wasn't able to see the game, but I got a new companion on the mission who was actually at the game and talked about it all the time. I finally saw it a couple of weekends ago," said Caple.

Standing just a shade under 6-0, and at 196, Caple said he's trying to continue to work on getting back into shape. But he's anxious to get back out on the field.

"It's going to be a relief to put the pads on," said Caple.

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