When you play left tackle for the Boise State football team, the most imposing video study might be of your predecessors.
The past three full-time starters at left tackle are in the NFL.
Senior Charles Leno Jr. the latest occupant of one of the Broncos glamour positions has watched them all.
You just want to be better than those guys and keep it going, never leave it the same, never be mediocre at the position, Leno said.
And if he cant top them Ryan Clady is one of the NFLs elite tackles, after all it wont be for lack of effort.
If I dont get there, Leno said, I hope they understand I did the best I possibly can.
Lenos predecessors include Daryn Colledge, Clady and Nate Potter. Those three combined for 116 starts at left tackle and seven all-conference first-team awards.
Leno, the right tackle in 2011 and left tackle since the start of 2012, has watched Clady closely on video and considers Potter, his teammate for three years, a mentor.
(Leno) is very solid and I dont use that word lightly, coach Chris Petersen said. Hes done a very nice job. For us, hes been as good as any of those guys, really, in terms of productivity.
Leno also has excelled in his leadership role.
He has started 30 straight games six more career starts than any other current Bronco maintains an upbeat attitude and stays on the right path off the field, where he is two online classes from his degree in criminal justice.
The Broncos name captains on a weekly basis. Leno was recognized last week.
And really, deservedly so, offensive line coach Chris Strausser said. Hes been much more vocal, in a good way. Hes always been one of those guys who his actions have been good leadership for the young guys. To me, to be a great leader, youve got to be vocal. And he really has taken (sophomore right tackle Rees Odhiambo) under his wings and (freshman backup left tackle Steven Baggett) under his wings. Thats what leaders do.
Odhiambo, who was Lenos backup last year, and Baggett are the favorites to replace him next year and inherit the left tackle legacy.
Im almost done, said Leno, who is from Oakland, Calif. Its just something Im embracing right now, the leadership role. Im trying to help out everybody and just make sure the culture here stays the same work hard every day, do the right things every day.
Leno leads with his actions off the field if he messes up, he says, his teammates might not respect his words and with his energy on the field.
Hes a personable guy with an infectious attitude.
Hes always in a good mood. He really is, senior wide receiver Kirby Moore said. We can be in the huddle, 100 degrees out at practice, and hes smiling and making you laugh. That always picks you up.
Said senior left guard Spencer Gerke, who plays right next to Leno: Charles is awesome because you can trust him with anything. You can put anyone in front of him and you know hes going to compete his butt off. A goal we both had this year was just to have fun cut it loose and enjoy it.
Lenos tools include a tall, lean frame (6-foot-4, 295 pounds), long arms, impressive power (565-pound squat), outstanding athleticism, football smarts and fierce competitiveness.
He is on course to join his predecessors with his first all-conference, first-team award. He also could join them in the NFL, before his planned career as a probation officer.
He has improved this year by attacking his technique.
Fundamentally, hes taken some really good strides, which a lot of times is hard going into your senior season, Strausser said. Hes been much more consistent this year.
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