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Boise State roster countdown 2019: 10, Kekoa Nawahine

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We had a double-booking in numbers (Chase Cord yesterday). But he who is more senior (literally and figuratively) on the roster gets the nod. It’s incredible that we are nearly into #SINGLEDIGITWATCH for the countdown. We are all so strong. With 10 more days, we have—Kekoa Nawahine

#10, Kekoa Nawahine, Senior, Safety

Stats

Height: 6-2

Weight: 207

High School: Rocky Mountain HS, Meridian, ID

How’d he get to The BlueTM?

Coming out of Rocky Mountain, Mr. Nawahine didn’t have a ton of offers. Mostly Boise State (which is all you need, really) and some interest from BYU (eww). Nawahine almost didn’t go on a church mission, opting to join the roster out of high school. But he decided to still go and his spot was still waiting for him when he came back. So alls well that ends well.

Nickname

”Righteous”

Sticking with it.

Look-alike

German Footballer Marcel Schmelzer?

Career highlights

The dudes has a laundry-list of career highlights because he’s pretty good at hitting people with his body. Some of those include: 2018 Broncos leading tackler with 71, Jim Thorpe watch list, Polynesian College Football Player of the Year. There is a bunch more.

This highlight is almost two years old, but still counts.

2019 Prospectus

While there are always going to be fan-favorites, one surefire way of ingratiating your way to Bronco Nation is to play as a safety. Oh, and also be good at football. That helps. Luckily for Nawahine he checks both of those boxes in spades. As a senior he’s going to be an unquestioned leader for the Broncos. And he is going to have to be considering the offense is going to have some rough spots in the year with a new starting QB, RB combination. The defense will have to be available to make some plays.

The hope is a safety won’t be the leading tackler for the Broncos. With half the defense last year getting injured, Nawahine had to fill some gaps (again, literally and figuratively). I wouldn’t mind if he had a few more interceptions, or scoop and scores, but at the end of the day just making sure the opposing offense doesn’t score would make me happy. Nawahine earned his Jim Thorpe watch. I just hope he doesn’t have to REALLY, SUPER earn it, yanno?

Is he on Twitter?

Completely made up fact

Supposedly the Earth rotates around the sun. Nope! It rotates around Kekoa Nawahine.