By Chadd Cripe
The Broncos’ new kicker, walk-on Brock Jaramillo, has taken a winding path to Boise.
Jaramillo is a longtime soccer player who joined his high school football team in Temecula, Calif., during his senior year. He was so impressive that San Diego State offered him a scholarship.
However, Jaramillo broke his leg playing soccer and San Diego State pulled its offer.
That sent Jaramillo on a junior-college tour. He spent one year each at Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar and Orange Coast. The stay at Palomar was the most frustrating, because Jaramillo was told the day before the season opener that he was a half-credit shy of being eligible.
“I was really depressed,” he said. “I didn’t think I wanted to kick ever again.”
His older brother convinced him to try again, and Jaramillo ended up at Orange Coast. He was offered scholarships by New Mexico State and Eastern Washington, he said, but was planning to walk on at Southern Miss until Boise State came along.
The Broncos wanted Jaramillo to provide competition for redshirt freshman Kyle Brotzman.
“I feel like I have a good shot to win the starting job,” Jaramillo said. “It’s been a good battle so far.”
We’ll have more on the kickers, including an interview with Brotzman, in Saturday’s edition of the Idaho Statesman.
The defense dominated the Broncos’ first practice today. They will be back on the field at 4:30 p.m., the last practice before Saturday’s scrimmage at Bronco Stadium.
Check back this evening for an update on everyone’s favorite topic — the quarterback position. We’ll have comments from front-runners Bush Hamdan and Taylor Tharp and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.
That blog should be posted by 8 p.m.
ESPN The Magazine breaks down some of the best specialists in college football. The list includes Boise State special-teams standout Ia Falo.