ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Vallejo vies for LB spot at Bills training camp
Tanner Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, reported to training camp with the rest of the Buffalo Bills last week as the NFL rookie looks impress coaches enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster by the time the regular season starts.
Vallejo, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 228-pound linebacker drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft, will be vying for one of the Bills’ open outside linebacker spots. He will have competition from several others, including Matt Milano, who was drafted a round ahead of Vallejo. Loranzo Alexander, Gerald Hodges, Carl Bradford, Abner Logan, Steven Harrell, Ramon Humber, Jacob Lindsey and Eddie Yarbrough will also be in the mix of players competing for an outside linebacker spot in Bills new head coach Sean McDermott’s 4-3 defensive scheme. Vallejo has been taking snaps with the Bills’ second team through the first few days of camp.
During a May interview on the John Murphy Radio Show, Vallejo said,“I’m excited to be a part of the organization.” He later added he was looking forward to “earning the respect of the veterans.”
During Vallejo’s four-year career at Boise State, he made 277 tackles, 5.5 sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles, grabbed an interception and scored two defensive touchdowns.
His most productive year came during his sophomore season in which he led the Broncos with 100 tackles, was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team and earned Defensive MVP honors in the Mountain West Championship Game and Fiesta Bowl. He received All-Mountain West honorable mention in his junior and senior seasons.
While at Nevada Union, Vallejo notched 419 tackles in his three-year varsity career. He was also a three-time Sierra Foothill League Defensive MVP, three-time All-Metro League selection and three-time All-Sac-Joaquin Section selection. The last time Nevada Union made the playoffs was Vallejo’s senior season (2012).
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ‘01; Pericos de Puebla) put together a strong pitching performance in his only start last week, but did not figure into the decision in a 2-1 victory over the Quintana Roo.
Roenicke, a 6-foot, 3-inch righty, tossed seven innings, allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking none.
For the season, Roenicke has pitched in 20 games, started 19, is 7-5 overall with a 2.68 ERA. In 114 innings pitched, he has 99 strikeouts and 28 walks.
The Pericos de Puebla (53-48) are a Triple-A minor league team that plays in the Mexican League.
Dalton Maxwell (Nevada Union ‘15; Marysville Gold Sox), started at third base in a pair of losses to the Portland Pickles last week.
From the plate, Maxwell went 1-for-7 with a double across the two games.
For the season, Maxwell played in 27 games, has 26 hits, is batting .245 and has 12 RBIs.
The Gold Sox are a collegiate wood bat baseball team that plays in the Great West League.
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