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Bronco Blitz: UNLV players to watch against Boise State

UNLV’s Devonte Boyd is averaging 4.2 receptions per touchdown this season, well ahead of his rate of 16.3 as a freshman in 2014. He also has more TDs in seven games (five) than he had in 13 games last year (four).
UNLV’s Devonte Boyd is averaging 4.2 receptions per touchdown this season, well ahead of his rate of 16.3 as a freshman in 2014. He also has more TDs in seven games (five) than he had in 13 games last year (four). The Associated Press

Devonte Boyd, wide receiver

Boyd was a Freshman All-American last season. His numbers are down this year, but he’s playing in an offense that has featured the run by a large margin over the pass.

He has 21 catches for 374 yards and five touchdowns, with an average of 17.8 yards per catch. So while he has fewer catches — he had 65 last year — he’s scoring more often and gaining more yards per reception.

Tau Lotulelei, linebacker

Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said Lotulelei is as good of a weak-side linebacker as the Broncos will face, outside of Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell. Fackrell had a monster game against the Broncos.

Lotulelei ranks eighth in the Mountain West with 8.5 tackles for loss. He’s coming off a 100-tackle season last year.

Kenny Keys, safety, and Kendal Keys, wide receiver

Kendal signed with Boise State in 2013 but decided to join his brother, Kenny, at UNLV instead. Kenny is a backup safety with 16 tackles and an interception this season. But Kendal has been a key player for the Rebels with 20 catches for 226 yards, both of which rank second on the team. He had 24 catches for 310 yards last year.

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