July 7, 2016
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State football had its fourth student-athlete named to a preseason watch list Thursday as redshirt senior kicker Tyler Rausa was named a candidate for the Lou Groza Award.
Rausa was a semifinalist for the honor in 2015, a season in which he was named to the All-Mountain West First Team after a record-setting performance. The Murrieta, Calif., native set the Mountain West single-season scoring record for kickers with 134 points, eclipsing the previous benchmark of 122 set by Utah's Louie Sakoda in 2008. That point total also ranked second among all players in the Mountain West (behind only teammate Jeremy McNichols) while ranking second-nationally among all kickers and seventh overall among all FBS players.
Rausa went 25-for-30 on field goal attempts last season, with his 25 successes passing Tyler Jones' 2004 total of 24 as the Boise State record. That total led all Mountain West kickers and ranked tied for fourth in the FBS, while his field-goal percentage of 83.3 was 21st in the country.
He is one of 30 kickers on the preseason watch list, and one of just two Mountain West kickers (Nevada's Brent Zuzo is the other).
Rausa is joined in the group of Broncos on 2016 preseason watch lists by tight end Jake Roh (Mackey Award) and quarterback Brett Rypien (Maxwell Award) and running back Jeremy McNichols (Maxwell Award).
Boise State opens the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 3 at Louisiana. The Broncos' home opener is the following Saturday, Sept. 10, against Washington State.
The winner of the 2016 Lou Groza Award will be announced Dec. 5 and presented Dec. 8 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
2016 Boise State Football Preseason Watch List Members
QB Brett Rypien
RB Jeremy McNichols
K Tyler Rausa
Lou Groza Award
TE Jake Roh