77 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Boston Stiverson

Despite winning a job in fall camp, a preseason injury delayed Boston Stiverson's freshman debut in 2012 until the West Virginia game. Let's hope he avoids the injury big this year. - Justin K. Aller

In which BracketCat counts down the 77th day until kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Boston Stiverson.

BostonStiverson

#77 Boston Stiverson
Redshirt Junior
6-4 | 312
Andover, Kan.

Bio

Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Boston Stiverson (b. Oct. 8, 1992) is a very talented offensive lineman who has played in 16 games in the last two years and will compete for a starting position as a junior if he's not plagued by foot injuries for the third straight year.

Stiverson saw action in nine games in 2012, earning starts against Baylor and Texas, and he played in each of the final seven games in 2013, with starts in the final four contests. But injuries derailed his debut in both seasons.

Had he not been injured, all reports are that Stiverson would have locked down the right guard position as a starter in both years after redshirting in 2011. It is to be hoped that he can do so for his final two seasons.

Stiverson prepped under head coach Tom Audley at Andover Central High School, earning first-team All-Kansas 5A honors by Kansas Varsity, and was named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association All-Kansas 5A team.

He was named to PrepStar magazine's All-Midlands Region team; earned all-league honors on both offense and defense, while he was the league's defensive MVP; and recorded 40 tackles (11 solo, 29 assisted) with 1.5 sacks.

Stiverson also had one interception, two pass deflections and one forced fumble in his career, and was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl after his senior year. He is quite athletic and nimble for such a very big man.

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