Oh dear me. Look at how the time has flown! It seems like yesterday we were starting with day 100 and now we are just under 50! Well, to be exact, just 49 days now. And Guess who is #49 on the roster? None other than Tyler Rausa.
#49, Tyler Rausa, RS Senior, K
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 192 (-3)
High School: Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, California (Riverside CC)
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Rausa was quite the kicking prodigy for Vista Murrieta, hitting 40-for-49 on field goals (19-for-21 as a senior) with a long of 51yds. These feats made him the all-time leading kicker in school and Inland Empire Region history. Despite the record setting career, Rausa was only able to manage a walk-on spot at Nevada. Fortunately for the Broncos, that didn't work out and he enrolled at Riverside CC instead where he played in the fall of 2012. At Riverside, he was 15-for-20 with a long of 48yds on field goals and 53-for-53 on PATs. This all-league performance earned Rausa a scholarship offer from Boise State where he eventually enrolled.
I cannot remember where I first saw this, so I cannot properly attribute the name. Possible Jay Tust of KTVB. Or our own Drew Roberts? Anyway, it’s fitting.
Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder
Rausa’s Boise State list of achievement is kind of humorous in that they go from his RS sophomore year of “kicking a PAT” to a YUGE laundry list in his RS junior campaign.
What happened next will AMAZE you!
Mr. Rausa was 25-30 on field goals last year (83.3%) and 59-61 (96.7%) for PATs. He led the Mountain West and tied the entire FBS with the 25 made field goals. With those 25, he set a Boise State record with the most field goals in a year (Tyler Jones, previous holder, had 24). And he also set the Mountain West Conference record for points for a kicker with 134. He made the All-Mountain West first team (obvs) and was a Lou Groza award semifinalist.
Set expectations to: high. Because this kid is kind of good at this “kicking the ball and making it go where he wants it to” thing. So much that the Lou Groza award added his name to their watchlist.
The offense should be pretty decent this year with some QB who is on three different watch lists and another RB dude who was a late addition to the Doak Award watchlist. So moving the ball shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Scoring shouldn’t be an issue either. Whether it be by TD or kicking, the Broncos should be able to put points on the board from at least 51 yards away (that was Rausa’s long from last year). If a game gets out of hand early, look for Rausa to get some opportunities to extend his longest field goal. My prediction: he nails a 55 yarder at some point. Will he be able to break his own Boise State record of 25 field goals in a year? I think so. Will he also break his own record for Mountain West points? Again, I nod in that general direction. I daresay that Mr. Rausa even makes it to Lou Groza finalist based on his last Boise State campaign.
Is he on Twitter?
He sure is. AND DO NOT QUESTION ME WHEN I SAY HE WILL KICK A LONGER FIELD GOAL THAN LAST YEAR.
Completely made up fact
Rausa buys Shopkins™. His current favorite is Apple Blossom.