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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Boise State Broncos Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

March 30, 2015 - spring specialists
"We probably failed to acknowledge just how good the Bronco kicking game was in 2014, and that's can be laid at the foot of Dan Goodale. Goodale was hitting clutch field goals and gettin' those touchbacks at an impressive clip last season. Alas, the bearded one has now graduated and it's time for the next generation of Bronco kickers to make us hold our collective breaths. Good news, though...Tyler Rausa has been "awesome" this Spring according to special teams guru Kent Riddle (incidentally, my favorite adjective for kickers). Rausa may be pushed a bit by walk-ons Blake Gonzalez or Isaac Dodd and punter Sean Wale has two functioning legs as well." - OBNUG

August 25, 2014 - long snapper Kevin Keane placed on scholarship
"Keane is in his third year at Boise State. He arrived in January 2012 and was allowed to play immediately because he did not receive financial aid and was not recruited by Ohio Wesleyan. He snapped in four games, then took over as the full-time snapper last year." - Idaho Statesman

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August 22, 2014 - summer specialists
"Dan Goodale estimates he made about 90 percent of his kicks through fall camp. He also has improved his kickoffs and could increase his 41 percent touchback rate from last year. 'I expect him to have a big year,' said special teams coach Kent Riddle, who returns this year after coaching special teams for the Broncos from 2001 to 2005. 'He's really shown me to be a mentally strong guy. … That guy works his butt off to make sure it's perfect and I think we're in good shape there.' Goodale leads an experienced, talented special teams contingent that should give the Broncos an edge most weeks. Sophomore punter Sean Wale was the co-starter last season and has all-conference potential if he can improve his consistency. Junior Kevin Keane has spent 17 games as the long snapper. Senior wide receiver Matt Miller is in his third season as the primary holder." - Idaho Statesman
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August 7, 2014 - scrimmage
"Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin was complimentary of senior kicker Dan Goodale and sophomore punter Sean Wale at his press conference Thursday night after the team’s closed scrimmage. Both kicked the ball well in the scrimmage, Harsin said. 'Dan has done a good job … leading that group and having those guys prepare when it comes their time to practice,' Harsin said. Goodale was 17-of-19 on field goals and 57-of-60 on PATs last season. Wale split the punting job last year with Trevor Harman. Wale averaged 41.5 yards and placed eight of his 21 kicks inside the 20-yard line. He is the only true punter on the roster. The kickers serve as the backups. 'The practices that we’ve had punt in, he gets a hold of it,' Harsin said. 'He’s more consistent. … He’s getting into a little bit of a rhythm and we’d like to keep that'.” - Idaho Statesman
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August 6, 2014 - kicker Blake Gonzalez
"Former San Clemente football player Blake Gonzalez was added to the Boise State football roster last week, after committing to the school as a preferred walk-on in November. Gonzalez was a kicker, punter and wide receiver for the Tritons, who finished 2-8 last season before he graduated in June. A three-year varsity member and two-year starter, Gonzalez converted on five of six field goal attempts last year, along with 22 of 24 extra point attempts. He also caught 17 passes for 210 yards. Following the season, Gonzalez committed as a preferred walk-on during a visit to the school.Gonzalez is one of eight preferred walk-ons to be selected to the Fall 2014 roster and will be slotted as the team’s third kicker." - Orange County Register

June 27, 2014 - kicker Tyler Rausa
"We've got Tyler Rausa, Sean Wale (likely starting punter), Dan Goodale and walk-on Blake Gonzalez. It doesn't really help to compare past stats with these guys—they can all kick, but the guy who can do it with the most consistency is going to land the job. Goodale is obviously the most experienced of the group but competition should be wide open come Fall Camp and Rausa has as good a chance as any to get the primary kicking duties. There is a chance the Broncos utilize one guy for kickoffs, one for field goals, one for PATs etc...and maybe all of these guys get a chance to show their worth." - One Bronco Nation Under God

April 8, 2014 - Junior Days
"The coaching staff didn’t give the kickers a lot of work during Saturday’s scrimmage.  But they were challenged nonetheless.  Instead of placing the ball on the three-yard line after touchdowns, coaches backed the kickers up.  Working against a gusty wind, senior Dan Goodale booted extra points of 35 and 40 yards, and sophomore backup Tyler Rausa also kicked one from 35 yards out.  Sophomore Sean Wale got the call during punting sessions, and his kicks had consistent hang time."- KTVB

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