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
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!
Gotta keep that name rolling.
Former Boise State Bronco and current Dallas Cowboy Leighton Vander Esch
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.
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.
#NewProfilePic Been dreaming about this since I was a boy! pic.twitter.com/eA1voVAHem— Daniel Cantrell (@DanielgdCantrel) October 13, 2019
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.
With no gym access & free weights being crazy $ we had to get creative...@BroncoSportsFB #BleedBlue @DanielgdCantrel pic.twitter.com/EvsHGC4aXf— Mark Cantrell (@MCantrell_Idaho) April 15, 2020