Boise State 2022 Lineup Countdown: Day 98, Herbert Gums

With Memorial Day barbecues and pool parties in mind, the return of the countdown almost escaped ours. Technical issues, a brief detour in the new Top Gun trailer, and then a general Twitter doomscroll may have contributed to the delay. It’s time to continue the march towards kick-off with day 98, and our man Herbert Gums:

#98 Herbert Gums, Red Shirt Sophomore, DT


Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 305 lbs. (+23)

High School: Diboll High School, Diboll, TX

How did it get to Blue™?

Gums was a coveted defensive rookie out of high school, with a full roster of offers from Stephen F. Austin, Houston, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana, LSA and even New Mexico. He bided his time and finally landed an offer from Boise State in August 2019, and finally signed up in August 2020.



He currently hopes to one day be one of the six Herbs and five Spice Girls that KFC’s official Twitter account follows.

look alike

After trying several different headshots, our top-secret celebrity lookalike formula spat out “the really great Kevin Durant,” and honestly, does that kinda stick?

Career Highlights

Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN. District 11-3A Most Valuable Player as a senior. All-District 11-3A First team as a senior. Helped lead Diboll to the Division 1 3A playoffs as a senior. Led Diboll to the Class 4A Division II playoffs in 2018. Appeared in a game for Boise State as a true freshman, without burning his red shirt. Appeared in 4 games for Boise State in 2021, recording 6 tackles.

Prospectus 2022

With the departures of Scale Igiehon and Keeghan Freeborn, Herbert Gums is currently the only Nose Tackle listed on Boise State’s depth chart. With the depth along the rest of the defensive line, there’s no need to worry. The last two seasons of understudy combined with the muscle weight gain should have Gums in the driver’s seat for the starting slot. If he can stay healthy (looks to 2020) and get any type of beat as his high school movie showed, “Herb” is going to win this KFC track sooner rather than later.

Is he on Twitter?

The man is a retweet machine, @GumsHerbert

Completely made up fact

As the latest in a long line of bespoke pudding chefs, Herbert plans to live up to the family name and refuse to have dentures later in life. Fortunately, his sport of choice was not hockey.

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