Austin Bolt is a football phenom from Boise’s Borah High School and a future Bronco. Recently he played and was the dominant receiver in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl held in Dallas at AT&T Stadium. He was awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player. His performance was eye-popping.
Austin scored three TD receptions. The most crucial being the game-winner in overtime.
Austin’s stats for the game are near impossible to find. However, here is a link to the entire game.
The following are the times in the video of samples of Bolt’s performance:
Bolt’s first catch at 27:40
Bolt’s first TD 28:40
Great catch 3:01:26
Bolt’s second TD 3:03:58
Another clutch catch 3:11:44
Bolt’s third TD and winning TD 3:24:21
Not When He Will Play—But Where (Position)?
Austin will join the Broncos this fall. If his game against some of the best high school talent in the country is indicative of his talent, Bronco fans will be seeing some good raw true freshman talent at one of the receiving positions this coming season.
Austin is 6’4” and 200 pounds. Not only is he big and strong, but he also runs the 40 in the 4.6 range. That speed places him better than some wide receivers and running backs. (George Holani, 4.75; Khalil Shakir, 4.75; Avery Williams, 4.85)
At Borah High School he played nearly every position but snap it. (He may even have done that.)
The Broncos have him pegged as a tight end. It would be a shame to waste his speed and talent on only a few targets a game. He appeared comfortable as a wide-out in the all-star game, perhaps the Broncos will reevaluate where best to play him.
I’m going to assume the coaches will reassess where Bolt will be positioned in lieu of his recent performance in Dallas. I’m going to assume he will play a more active roll in the offensive scheme than sneaking off a block and into an open spot as a third look receiver from the quarterback.
Bolt will walk into a good time to be a young receiver at Boise State. Eric Kiesau will be the offensive coordinator and will likely take some special interest in the receivers. He’s been very successful as the Broncos receiver coach for a couple of years.
Replacing Kiesau is Matt Miller, a guy who knows more about catching balls on the blue than anyone. Matt will be the wide receivers’ coach this season.
Interestingly, during the Blue-Grey game, he tossed a perfect pass that was dropped. Also, he was the punt returner.
Whatever the future for young Bolt, it looks good. And as fans, we can just sit back and enjoy.
As far as we know that puts two local players on the Bronco’s roster as a freshman for next season. Andy Peters, a three-star walk-on and quarterback from Timberline, is the other.
It is said the sweetest fruits are homegrown. And who doesn’t like homegrown talent?