As this video shows, Aaron Tevis is the type of modern linebacker who can cream an opposing player and make an impossible one-handed interception. Strength and speed is the name of the game (once, linebackers were only asked to be punishing). Aaron Tevis, Boise State Broncos’ linebacker, has been doing it for years.
But first, he had to wait to play at the collegiate level. It’s amazing how one’s perception of time quickly changes when they’re waiting.
“At first it seemed it couldn’t go any slower,” Tevis said of his early university days, which included the 2007 season, one in which Tevis was a redshirted player. Fast forward a few years and Tevis, who is a registered member of North Carolina’s Lumbee Indians, is now preparing for his senior season at Boise State.
Tevis and his teammates have been preparing for the upcoming campaign with spring workouts the past few weeks.
“It actually came up faster than I thought it would,” Tevis, who grew up in Tuscon, said of the Broncos’ spring preparations. Boise State supporters will be able to get a preview of their team this Saturday. That’s when the Broncos stage their annual spring scrimmage, dubbed the Blue and Orange Game.
Tevis’ status for this encounter is not really clear. He’s been battling a foot injury which dates back to last year.
“We’re not really supposed to discuss it,” Tevis said of the Broncos’ team policy concerning talking about injuries to members of the media. Tevis realizes whether he actually plays in Saturday’s contest is not really that big of a deal.
“I’m trying to do what’s best for me in the long term,” he said.
Following the Blue and Orange Game, the Boise State squad will then gear up for its 2011 regular season schedule. The Broncos will kick that off on Sept. 3 with a road contest versus Georgia.
The Broncos will also play its second match on the road, Sept. 17 at Toledo. Boise State’s home opener is then set for Sept. 24 against Tulsa.
Tevis appeared in 12 games with the Broncos last year. He registered 16 solo tackles in those outings and also assisted in 30 other tackles.
Plus, he also had a pair of interceptions in 2010, including one for a touchdown. He is hoping for an even more impressive season.
“I’m looking to take more of a leadership role,” he said, adding that is in part because he’s heading into his final university season. “You’re expected to step up and help.”
Tevis is not the only member of his family toiling in the NCAA football ranks. His younger brother Jared was a walk-on safety this past season with the University of Arizona Wildcats.
With the Broncos, Tevis will see some changes this year. That’s because Boise State, which previously competed in the Western Athletic Conference, will now participate in the Mountain West Conference.
“I think it’s a good opportunity,” Tevis said of the Broncos’ switch. Boise State posted an over-all record of 12-1 last season, including a 7-1 mark in conference play. The Broncos, who ended the year ranked 10th in the country, downed the 20th-ranked Utah Utes 26-3 in the MAACO Bowl, staged Dec. 22 in Las Vegas.
Boise State can expect another high ranking nationally this season.
“We’re looking to do big things,” said Tevis, who is majoring in finance. “We’re looking at building from last year and just to keep things rolling.”
Though he’s entering his final season of eligibility in the NCAA, Tevis is hoping his football career is not coming to an end.
“I definitely think I can play pro,” he said. “But I know I’ve got a lot of work to do and plan to do that during the off-season.”
Tevis, who is 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, said his favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Former Steelers’ great Jerome (The Bus) Bettis is the player he most admired.
“That’s why I have number 36,” Tevis said of his own jersey.
If he keeps working hard, he may be able to wear the number 36 professionally.