Sean Avila - 'I Like To Hit People'

Esperanza HS DT Sean Avila (Anaheim, CA) flew under the radar in 2009 simply because he was missing one class in HS. Many schools showed interest early on and then went in another direction, but Boise State stayed right there with him. So when Sean finished that class and was fully qualified there was only one place he wanted to go. Sean spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his his future as a Bronco.

Esperanza HS DT Sean Avila (Anaheim, CA) flew under the radar in 2009 simply because he was missing one class in HS. Many schools showed interest early on and then went in another direction, but Boise State stayed right there with him, so when he finished that class and was fully qualified there was only one place he wanted to go. "I ended up being short one class after HS," he said. "Coach Kwiatkowski and Coach Petersen helped me a lot in getting school stuff done," he added.

Avila (6'2, 270) was a 2009 grad and he anchored the Esperanza defense up the middle. DL Coach Pete Kwiatkowski watched his film and thought he'd be a good fit for the Bronco defense. "Coach K said he liked me on my film," he stated. "He told me it looks like I'm trying to kill someone."

Sean will bring that hard-hitting mentality to Boise State. "I like to hit people," Avila said. "I'm balanced. I'm good at everything." Avila can do much more than simply stop the run. He also can tip the ball at the line of scrimmage and even brought in an INT as a senior. "It was a screen play and I saw the RB head off to my left," he said in regards to that INT. "I read the play and I caught it one handed. I ran about 10-15 yards before they tackled me." Avila also racked up 6.5 sacks as a senior in 2009.

Sean was impressive as a Senior, but even more impressive is the fact that he started immediately upon stepping on the field at Esperanze as a Sophomore. In ultra-competitive Esperanza HS, a Sophomore starter is almost unheard of. Avila not only started, but was all league, all 3 years. That impressive Senior season earned him Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. He shared the award with a Stanford commit, and beat out many other players that now fill Pac-10 and Big-12 team rosters.

The Boise State defense returns the entire D-line in 2010. That means Avila will most likely redshirt. He's ready to work hard and earn his spot. "I think I'm going to redshirt this year," he said. "I'm going to work hard and put my time in."

The future Bronco now looks to get bigger and stronger. "I'd like to be at about 280," he stated. "I'm around 270 right now. I've been going to the gym, running a lot, and doing some Olympic lifting."

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