BOISE — For Boise State junior kicker Dan Goodale, the stakes wont be any higher on game day than they were during fall camp.
Goodale won the starting field-goal job in perhaps his last chance and, with it, a scholarship.
He made more than 90 percent of his field-goal attempts in camp, including all nine in the public fall scrimmage, to beat out impressive sophomore Tyler Rausa.
The No. 19 Broncos open the season Saturday at Washington (8:05 p.m. MDT, Fox Sports 1).
(Coach Chris Petersen) talks all the time about improving and competing, and Dan Goodale might be as good an example as we have on our team of improving and competing, special teams coach Scott Huff said. So were really proud of the progress hes made.
Goodale, a walked on out of Timberline High, won the starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He went 3-for-5 on field goals and missed six PATs. He lost the job after missing a 39-yard field goal that would have beaten TCU and preserved an undefeated season.
He lost a competition with Michael Frisina last year. And he was an underdog this year after coaches recruited Rausa from Riverside Community College.
But Goodale, who always has had a strong leg, became consistently accurate this year.
Hes worked as hard as anybody around here, Petersen said. Probably a lot of our guys may not see it like that because theyre kicking all the time, but he has spent hours and hours working his craft and hes improved. He really has. Were excited, and were happy and pleased to put him on scholarship.
Rausas presence and performance helped Goodale.
Tylers done a great job, Goodale said. If theres a competition like that, youre always zoned in and doing your thing because every kick matters.
His next step: scoring points in games, something he hasnt done since converting two PATs on Dec. 3, 2011.
Its nice to see that my work has been paying off, Goodale said. Hopefully it will continue throughout the season.
Goodale also opens the season as the kickoff specialist, a job he took over late last season.
The punting job remains competitive between incumbent senior Trevor Harman and redshirt freshman Sean Wale. Neither has shown the consistency coaches want yet.
True freshmen to play
Tailback Aaron Baltazar, stud end Gabe Perez, stud end Kamalei Correa, linebacker Darren Lee and cornerback Jonathan Moxey likely will play this year, Petersen said.
There could be more.
Some of this may go on for a few weeks, a month heck, two months, weve done that before, too, Petersen said. Its always a combination of what you need as a team and if (the freshmen) are ready to go, and really also not just today, but where can we get these guys in another couple weeks, another month, another two months. Thats really important in the whole evaluation of things.
Baltazar was the only true freshman to make the two-deep depth chart. He is listed as the co-No. 2 tailback with sophomore Jack Fields. Sophomore Jay Ajayi is the starter.
(Baltazar) was a heck of a player out of high school and he hasnt missed a beat since hes been here, Petersen said. Hes natural and hes very calm. Things dont rattle him.
Added senior QB Joe Southwick: He has a nice little presence about him, that we can rely on him, which is a little different for a true freshman. On top of that, hes a heck of a runner a very talented, athletic guy.
Saxton gets scholarship
Junior Travis Saxton, the backup middle linebacker from Eagle High, also has been placed on scholarship, Petersen said. He and Goodale give Boise State 51 walk-ons who have received scholarships since 1998 (full list in Mondays Bronco Beat blog post).
Mataele, Florence leave
Junior college transfer Tutulupeatau Mataele, who was projected to start at defensive tackle going into fall camp, is not enrolled in school and wont be with the Broncos this season, Petersen said.
Mataele enrolled in January and practiced with the team in the spring. He was held out of fall camp because of an academic issue tied to his stay at Mt. San Antonio College. Petersen said the issue was not something the Broncos missed in recruiting but that he couldnt elaborate.
Junior defensive back Deontae Florence has left the team and will transfer to a FCS school, Petersen said. Florence joined the team last year out of College of the Desert and played seven games at cornerback. He would have entered this season as a third-string safety.
Depth chart notes
Senior Kharyee Marshall (stud end), sophomore Tyler Gray (weak-side linebacker), junior Bryan Douglas (cornerback) and sophomore Donte Deayon (cornerback) were named starters at positions that were open. Senior Jonathan Brown and junior Corey Bell are co-starters at strong-side linebacker. Redshirt freshman walk-on tailback Charles Bertoli opens as the second kickoff returner, but Petersen expects to play a lot of guys back there.
Tickets on sale Thursday
Individual-game tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. at the BSU ticket office (426-4737) and boisestatetickets.com. The school has sold 22,245 season tickets down more than 1,800 from last year.
Sophomore receiver/kick returner Shane Williams-Rhodes cast has been removed from his injured arm, Petersen said. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (broken pinkie) has not been cleared to play yet. He didnt respond to a question about whether he would be allowed to play (offseason DUI).
Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat