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Boise State roster countdown 2020: Day 42, Daniel Cantrell

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We are slowly, but surely, winding down the 40s. Today, we highlight another walk-on-turned-scholarship player AND a local product in #42, Daniel Cantrell.

#42, Daniel Cantrell, RS Junior, LS

Stats

Height: 6’

Weight: 233 lbs (+9 lbs)

High School: Bishop Kelly High School, Boise, ID

How’d he get to the Blue™?

After a stellar career at Bishop Kelly, Daniel earned himself a preferred walk-on spot with the Broncos. He earned himself a scholarship last fall as well!

Nickname

“DC”

Gotta keep that name rolling.

Look-a-like

Former Boise State Bronco and current Dallas Cowboy Leighton Vander Esch

Career Highlights

Daniel played in all 14 games last year handling long snapping duties as well as being a special teams demon, accounting for 9 total tackles.

And interesting note, Daniel was a member of the USA U-18 national football team in 2017. He was also named 4A Southern Idaho Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after posting 133 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. That put him on both the Idaho State First-Team offense and defense in 2017.

2020 Prospectus

Daniel is THE man at long snapper. I’m assuming there may be another walk-on at some point, but Daniel is the man at the position. Even if someone else comes along, I have a hard time seeing them supplant the Rubio Long Snapping graduate.

As mentioned previously, Daniel is a special teams force to be reckoned with. If you have paid attention at all the last 2+ seasons, you’ll have noticed Daniel in on nearly every special teams tackle. While he isn’t ACTUALLY in on every tackle, he’s certainly near the action.

Daniel has also worn a lot of different hats for the Broncos, including being listed at tight end in 2018. He was also the Offensive Scout Player of the Year as a true freshman. His high school career was primarily played at linebacker. All of this is to say that Daniel is very versatile, so I believe if the situation arises and there is a position of need, Daniel could likely fill that position quickly and with little to no drop-off.

Is he on Twitter?

He’s always been a Bronco.

Completely NOT made up fact

With shut downs and training equipment being expensive, Daniel got creative with his workouts in quarantine. He made his own equipment.