The visit to Boise was Crawford's first and what stood out most was simply having the opportunity to spend time with a good friend. "I was hanging out with Mike (Atkinson) a lot on the trip," Crawford said. "I've been looking forward to playing with Mike and have been since HS. I've been waiting for that opportunity to come to Boise and I'm going to show them what I can do. I'm pumped."
Crawford had the opportunity to observe a fast pace Boise State practice and he came away impressed. "They practice like I like to play," he stated. "It's just real hard and fast. I really enjoyed that. The intensity and competition out there was great. It'll be lots of fun."
Tyrone got some one-on-one time on with Head Coach Chris Petersen and DL Coach Pete Kwiatkowski. Both are excited about adding Crawford to the fold this summer. "Coach Pete and Coach K have great personalities," he said. "They like the way I play. I'm a big speed guy. They are going to use me off the edge and their DEs play the way I play."
Crawford (6'4, 258) put together a solid sophomore season at Bakersfield College in 2009. The JUCO ranks in California are tough each and every season. It makes Tyrone's accomplishments all that more impressive. "We went 10-2 and lost in the second round to Mount Sac," he said. "I'm not sure how many sacks I had, but I know I led the team in sacks. I also won conference Defensive Player of the Year. I was excited about that since there's a lot of good competition."
The defining moment of Crawford's career at Bakersfield College had nothing to do with the amazing stats, awards, or even the wins. It was about the bond he had with his teammates. "The way we bonded on the D-line stands out most," he said. "We just played together and always knew what each other was doing. We just got along real well," he added.
Tyrone will now realize a dream as he always hoped to play D-1 football. "I'm honored and it feels good," he said. "I'll get my AA and then I'll be up there this summer. I'm going to workout with a trainer here to keep me conditioned. He'll push me real hard."
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