The Chicago Bears took Shea McClellin in the first round of the 2012 National Football League Draft, selecting him No. 19 overall. He is the second-highest drafted Bronco all-time, and one of four first rounders in five seasons for Boise State.
He played in 14 games as a rookie, registering 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and reports out of Bears' training camp suggest McClellin might be poised for a breakout 2013. In the Bears' most recent depth chart, McClellin is listed as a co-starter at left defensive end.
This ESPN Blog talks about a highlight reel interception at practice for McClellin, but big plays from Shea McClellin are nothing new to Bronco fans.
During his junior season alone he set a career high with four TFLs against Virginia Tech, returned a fumble for a touchdown against Wyoming and returned an interception for a touchdown against Toledo.
McClellin finished his career with a streak of 37-consecutive starts and back-to-back first-team all-league awards.
As a senior in 2011, he was third on the team in tackles, he led the squad in sacks and ranked second in tackles-for-loss. He tied for the team high in TFLs and sacks as a junior in 2010, ranking tied for 20th-nationally in the latter.
McClellin joined the Broncos from Marsing High School, where he was first-team all-state at both running back and linebacker, and was both the Western Idaho Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
Legend has it that in one high school game, McClellin - playing defense at the time - literally took the ball out of an opposing running back's hands and ran it back for a touchdown.
If you fast forward the video on THIS LINK to about 56 seconds, you will see a McClellin sack/forced fumble on San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers.
We've seen plenty of this over the years Bronco fans, and it looks like there is more to come.
Only two more days until the Broncos kick off the 2013 season against Washington - or, as we call it, Bronco Football Eve Eve.
But college football begins tonight...
Five Mountain West teams open their seasons tonight, and you can catch four of them on TV: UNLV at Minnesota (5 p.m., Big Ten Network), Utah State at Utah (6 p.m., FOX Sports 1), Fresno State hosts Rutgers (8:30 p.m., ESPNU) and Hawai'i hosts USC (9 p.m., CBS SN). San Jose State also opens tonight against Sacramento State.
The Broncos and Huskies are playing each other to open the season after closing 2012 against each other in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Believe it or not, this has happened before for the Broncos - TWICE.
Boise State concluded the 1972 season against Idaho, and opened against the Vandals the following season. In 1976, the Broncos closed against Weber State, and opened 1977 against the Wildcats.
Here are some more facts and figures relating to the No. 2.
...Credit goes to Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY for this one: Head Coach Chris Petersen has lost just TWICE - in 53 games - with a returning starter at quarterback. If you missed Myerberg's breakdown of the Broncos in his annual countdown from 125-1, check it out HERE.
...For the second-straight year, Boise State posted the SECOND-HIGHEST Academic Progress Rate score in the country, trailing only Northwestern.
...Bronco football teams have won TWO national championships - Boise Junior College won the 1958 NJCAA National Championship, and In 1980, Boise State claimed the NCAA I-FCS (formerly NCAA I-AA) title.
...TWO of the five starting offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 were Boise State alums - Daryn Colledge and Nate Potter.