NEWPORT BEACH, Calif .– Boise State defensive back Kekaula Kaniho is one of 42 student-athletes named to the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watchlist.
College defensive players are named to the watchlist based on the IMPACT on their teams on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academic, Community and Tenacity. The 42 winners represent the number Ronnie Lott wore during his illustrious career. Lott is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kaniho, who was among the 24 finalists for the award in 2020, helped lead Boise State to a bowl game in each of his first three years on campus (the Broncos opted out of a game of bowl in 2020). His 32 total tackles and seven team-leading assists defended last season earned him a second-team All-Mountain West 2020 honor, a year after securing a first-team spot. He chose to return for his super senior season in 2021.
An excellent student in the classroom, Kaniho holds a cumulative GPA of 3.96 as a major in health sciences. He is a four-time All-Mountain West Academic Laureate and a three-time Mountain West Researcher-Athlete Award recipient. In 2019-2020, he was part of CoSIDA Division I’s second All-America academic football team and has been named All-District 7 each of the past two years.
Kaniho has been extremely active in the Boise State community outside of football. During his four years on campus, he visited local secondary and elementary schools and was a great role model for young students. He spoke about healthy lifestyles, good sportsmanship and the benefits that play can have for everyone. Kaniho is also participating in the “Broncos vs. Bullying ”of the football program.