2015 Preview: Boise State Special Teams

Coaches say it all the time--in a close contest, games are won and lost on special teams. So what kind of shape are the Broncos in this year regarding the special units?

For years, Boise State has prided itself on the quality of its special teams.  While the faces have changed, the importance that the Broncos place on special teams has not.

(video by Shelby Ransom)

Sean Wale has two years under his belt punting for Boise State.  He improved much over the course of his first full season for the Broncos.  No problem on the big stage for Sean--he enjoyed his best game of the year at the Fiesta Bowl against #10 Arizona, and his punting (49.5 average over eight punts) was a major reason why the Brncos emerged victorious over the Wildcats.  Sean likes the progress of the Bronco special teams this fall camp.

Wale (6-2, 185, RS-Jr.) averaged 42 yards a kick last year, and placed 20 punts inside the 20.  Wale said he has been working more on that latter statistic going into this year.  Kevin Keane (6-0, 207, Sr.) is the long snapper for the Broncos.

Junior Tyler Rausa (5-9, 183, RS-Jr.) assumes the placekicking and kickoff duties this fall--As a freshman at Riverside Community College, Rausa connected on 15-20 field goals (75%) with a long of 48 yards, and hit 52-of-53 PAT tries.  Blake Gonzalez (5-9, 173, RS-Fr.) was brought in last year from San Clemente High School in California.  Gonzalez redshirted last season and is ready when called upon.  Wale will hold once again on extra point and field goal tries.  

Running backs Jeremy McNichols (5-9, 205, So.) and Kelsey Young (5-10, 198, RS-SR) will return kickoffs, while the dangerous Shane Williams-Rhodes (5-6, 173, Sr.) and Donte Deayon (5-9, 155, Sr.) are slated for punt return duty.

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