Jamar Taylor, now No. 22 for the Miami Dolphins, wore No. 5 for the Broncos. So with five days remaining until kickoff for the season opener, we thought it would be a good idea to turn our attention to the Broncos' most recent draft pick.
Taylor was selected in the second round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, going No. 54 overall - the second-highest draft position for a Bronco cornerback in school history.
After missing the Dolphins' first two preseason games, he made his professional debut against Houston, Aug. 17. According to the team's website, Taylor played 11 defensive snaps and four on special teams, and that number more than doubled against Tampa Bay this past Saturday (24 on defense, 10 on special teams).
Alain Poupart had THIS STORY today about Taylor rounding back into form following his injury.
A first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2012, Taylor led the Broncos with four interceptions and nine pass break-ups this past season, starting each of the team's 13 games. His 51 tackles (31 solo) ranked fourth on the team, and included 3.5 for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Taylor also forced three fumbles. Taylor was a four-time academic honoree, garnering Western Athletic Conference All-Academic accolades in 2008 and 2010, and earning Academic All-Mountain West honors in 2011 and 2012.
He started 35 of his 48 games played during his Bronco career, registering 132 tackles (91 solo), 10 TFLs, seven interceptions, 18 PBUs and six forced fumbles.
He returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, the longest interception return in school history and the longest in the history of the bowl game.
It's the first day of school at Boise State for the 2013-14 academic year, and it's the first Monday of Game Week. A little later today BroncoSports.com will have video from Media Monday, which will highlight some of what came out of today's press conferences.
Game Notes and a depth chart for the match-up against Washington will also be released later this morning.
Until then, with just five days remaining until kickoff, here are some facts and figures relating to No. 5:
...Boise State's seniors need just FIVE wins in 2013 to become the 12th-consecutive class to win 40-or-more games during their careers.
...John Helmandollar and Ian Johnson are the only Broncos to rush for FIVE touchdowns in a single game in school history. Helmandollar accomplished the feat against Louisiana Tech in 2004, and Johnson did against Oregon State in 2006.
...Boise State has finished in the top 25 each of the last FIVE seasons (2008-12), tied with Alabama for the second-longest streak in the country. Only Oregon (six) has a longer active streak.