Watchlist season rolls on, and one of Boise State’s top candidates to win a national award was unsurprisingly put on one Thursday.
Senior kicker Tyler Rausa was one of 30 kickers put on the watchlist for the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top placekicker. A Groza semifinalist last season, Rausa made 25 field goals, a school record, and scored 134 points, a Mountain West record for a kicker. His 83.3 percentage on field goals (25-of-30) was 21st nationally. Last month, ESPN.com called Rausa “a leading Lou Groza Award candidate” when it profiled the Broncos as a College Football Playoff sleeper.
Rausa joins sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien and junior running back Jeremy McNichols (Maxwell) and junior tight end Jake Roh (Mackey) on national award watchlists. Rypien and McNichols were on the Maxwell list Tuesday, and Roh was put on the Mackey watchlist Wednesday. He had 33 catches for 357 yards last season.