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Eight Boise State football players added to NCAA award watch lists

Photo by Taylor Humby

Right before the start of this year’s college football season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced which athletes are on its yearly award watch lists. 

The NCAA releases a watch list for every college football award to recognize the players eligible before the start of every season. These awards cover a wide range of accomplishments, like the Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding player in college football and the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best college quarterback.

This year, the lists included eight Boise State players spread across nine different award categories.

The following is a list of all the Broncos receiving award recognitions for the 2021 college football season.

Senior wide receiver Khalil Shakir was added to three award watch lists. These awards include the Maxwell Award, the Biletnikoff Award and the Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

Redshirt sophomore running back George Holani was nominated for the Doak Walker Award and the Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

Senior nickelback Kekaula Kaniho is in the running for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

Kekaula Kaniho in a Boise State football game against University of New Mexico in 2019.
[Kekaula Kaniho in a Boise State football game against University of New Mexico in 2019]
Photo by Taylor Humby | The Arbiter

Senior offensive lineman Jake Stetz was nominated for the Outland Trophy.

Senior wide receiver CT Thomas was placed on the watch list for the Earl Campbell Award.

Junior quarterback Hank Bachmeier is on the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Redshirt senior middle linebacker Ezekiel Noa was nominated for the Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

Redshirt junior offensive lineman Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez was put on the watch list for the Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

The NCAA Award winners will be announced at the end of this year’s season. 

Even though being added to the watchlist for these awards is an honor in itself, these players look to win these awards by playing at a high level throughout the season. 

Their first chance to do so will be in their week one matchup against the University of Central Florida on September 2.

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