Boise State junior kicker Tyler Rausa’s consistency on field-goal attempts has attracted national attention.
Rausa on Thursday was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker.
Rausa is tied for the national lead with 17 field goals this season with a long of 51 yards. His three misses have come from 50, 54 and 55 yards.
Of the 10 players with at least 15 field goals this season, none have fewer than three misses.
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Rausa also leads all kickers with 93 points (he’s 42-for-43 on PATs).
The three finalists will be named Nov. 24.
Rausa is Boise State’s fourth semifinalist since 2000, joining Nick Calaycay, Tyler Jones and Kyle Brotzman. Jones was a finalist in 2004, when he was 24-for-27 with a long of 48. He kicked a game-winner against Tulsa that year.
Boise State is on a bye this week.
Idaho junior Austin Rehkow also is a Groza semifinalist. He is a former finalist for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the top punter.
Rehkow, like Rausa, is 17-for-20 on field goals this year. His long is 43 yards.
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Three Boise State football players were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team on Thursday — junior offensive lineman Steven Baggett, senior tight end Jake Hardee and junior punter Sean Wale.