Boise State 2021 List Countdown: Day 44, Riley Whimpey
Another palindrome day … not much left. With just 44 days to go, let’s take a look at our friend who occupies the same jersey number on Boise State’s roster—Riley wimpey.
# 44, Riley Whimpey, SUPER Senior, LB
Height: 6’1 ”
Weight: 236 lbs (+6)
High school: San Clemente High School, San Clemente, CA
How did he get to the Blue ™?
Whimpey originally signed with the Broncos in 2015, but chose to serve a two-year religious mission before joining team ala Kekoa Nawahine (and Darren Lee, etc.). In high school, Whimpey was a three-star rookie by Scout.com and was ranked # 15 in all of California and # 24 in the West Region at the OLB. As a senior, Whimpey won CIF Southern Section Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and was also the Sun View League POTY. Riley was named to the Orange County first team in his final season after setting the San Clemente record with 172 tackles. Before moving to California, Whimpey distinguished himself at Lone Peak High School in Utah, where he helped his team advance to the state semifinals in 2013 behind 101 tackles. That year, he was also named to the All-State Second Team as well as the All-Region Academic First Team. Whimpey chose the Broncos over an offer from the state of Utah, the school his two older brothers played for.
Here it is again.
Still thinking he looks like this Canadian actor Chad Faust, better known as the guy who played a minor character in this episode of CSI.
Named the 2020-21 Division I of Division I varsity first team member by CoSIDA. Named to the 2020 preseason All-Mountain West team. Started all 14 Broncos games in 2019 and was named 2nd All-Mountain West team after finishing the season with 84 team-leading tackles. Academic All-Mountain West in fall 2017. Played in 12 games for the Broncos in 2017. Posted 172 unreleased senior tackles in 2014 (about 12.3 per game). Helped the team win the league title in 2014. Named ICF Southwest Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Named Sea View League Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Assisted the Lone Peak (UT) squad to a semifinal appearance in 2013 after recording 101 tackles. Named second state team as a junior in 2013.
Whimpey took advantage of the “free” Covid year and chose to return for his super senior season at Boise State. This is a good thing.
Whimpey was Boise State’s main tackle during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, racking up 61 total tackles (7.5 for loss), 2 SEBs and a sack. He followed that up with a solid spring … the first such camp under Andy Avalos, and recorded 7 tackles and a sack in the annual spring game. Of course, Whimpey – now the crafty vet – offers the team a lot more than just tackles … he’s an emotional leader on the pitch and a guy his teammates turn to for advice on defensive lineups. and others. I think Whimpey has a mega (super) senior season and could even hit that 100 tackle plateau, which is a solid career for Bronco.
Is he on Twitter?
Yeah, it’s above all a re-tweeter … but yeah (@rdwhimpey)
Completely invented fact
During the offseason, Riley founded the “Whimp 2 Warrior” program where he takes a member of the Whimpey family and hardens him into a master of mixed martial arts. You can see her grandmother competing in UFC Fight Night this Saturday.