Boise State Football: Kaonohi Kaniho Is MWwire’s 2021 Freshman Of The Year
The younger Kaniho brother made his mark with the Broncos this year and is our pick as the Mountain West’s best freshman.
A family affair on the blue.
Mountain West Wire’s 2021 postseason honors:
All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshman of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year
The Boise State Broncos didn’t quite have the season they envisioned on the gridiron, but one thing they did manage to accomplish was to start the next chapter in a burgeoning family legacy.
Kaonohi Kaniho, the younger brother of long-time Broncos star Kekaula Kaniho, stepped into the breach when the Broncos defense battled injuries this year and emerged as our staff’s pick in a hard-fought vote as the Mountain West’s freshman of the year. He played in all 12 regular season games for Boise State, starting the last six, and helped to stabilize a secondary in flux with 26 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions (one of which came in a rare game where Kekaula also had a pick). In all, he earned a 74.6 grade from Pro Football Focus, the best overall number of any qualifying Boise State cornerback.
While Broncos fans surely hope for a return to health among players like Tyric LeBeauf and Damon Cole, they can be confident that a Kaniho will continue to make an impact in the years to come. Perhaps that’s how it should be on the blue.
First career INT to seal it ✔️
Kaonohi Kaniho called GAME pic.twitter.com/qRVnpjaG4v
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) October 10, 2021
Also received votes: Aaron Dumas, running back, New Mexico; Cameron Friel, quarterback, UNLV; Jack Howell, safety, Colorado State; Charles Ross, wide receiver, San Jose State; Brennon Scott, linebacker, UNLV; Luke Wysong, wide receiver, New Mexico