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Ranking Boise State’s Top Players: Number 6

This dynamic utility man will look to become a leader

NCAA Football: Utah State at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

We are continuing our countdown of the top players on the 2019 Boise State football team. This week, we are featuring a player who will look to emerge as a leader on an experienced defense. Coming in at number six...

Kekaula Kaniho

Kaniho was a bit of an unknown when he came to Boise. Most fans assumed that he was a lock to redshirt, as the Broncos appeared set at nickel and safety. However, Kaniho impressed coaches from the time he stepped foot on campus and even took the starting job from Desmond Williams. Kaniho is currently listed as a safety on the roster, but he spends most of the time playing nickel. Kaniho is essentially the utility man on defense. He can line up against receivers and tight ends in coverage, and he has shown substantial improvement in stopping the run. Last season, Kaniho led the Broncos with three interceptions and had 9.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons.

I expect big things from Kaniho in 2019, but his lack of a natural position might keep him from getting the recognition that he deserves.

Let’s take a look at the countdown to this point.

#15: John Ojukwu

#14: David Moa

#13: Avery Williams

#12: Zeke Noa

#11: Kekoa Nawahine

#10: Sonatane Lui

#9: Scale Igiehon

#8: CT Thomas

#7: John Molchon

#6: Kekaula Kaniho

What do you think? Where would you place these players? Stay tuned next week as we get into the top five.