Ranked #24 on BNN’s list of The Most Important Players For Boise State Football In 2022: Punter James Ferguson-Reynolds

Boise State freshman punter James Ferguson-Reynolds jabs the ball during the spring game April 9, 2022 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. (Photo by Boise State Athletics)

Bronco Nation News ranks the top 25 players for the Boise State football team of 2022. Next in our series is #24 punter James Ferguson-Reynolds:

Boise State will have a new punter for the first time since 2018 as five-year contributor Joel Velazquez departs.

Both returning substitute Gavin Wale and new rookie James Ferguson-Reynolds will be in contention for the spot during autumn camp, but for this countdown we’re counting on Australian-born Ferguson-Reynolds to win the job.

Ferguson-Reynolds was the No. 10 punter in the 2022 class according to 247Sports. He signed with the Broncos last December and enlisted with Boise State in January. During spring training, he received strong reviews for his rugby-style punts.

The 6ft 2, 185lb Ferguson-Reynolds hails from Geelong, Australia where he grew up playing Australian rules football. He competed at junior level with Bannockburn and Bell Park before focusing on American football in 2020 and 2021 after enrolling at Prokick Australia, an academy designed to coach Australian athletes and prepare them for college football and the NFL.

Ferguson-Reynolds was one of the best Australian players in the 2022 class and likely would not have signed with Boise State had he not seen an opportunity for immediate playing time. Boise State probably wouldn’t have gone to Australia either — a rarity for them — if they hadn’t seen that he fit into his college career early on.

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Wale had seven punts against BYU in 2020 as a redshirt freshman because Velazquez missed the game due to COVID, but that’s the only action he’s had with the program in three years. He could beat Ferguson-Reynolds for the starting spot — and he’d instantly become one of the Broncos’ top 25 players if he did.

For now, we’re going with Ferguson-Reynolds, who could be poised to make an immediate impact with the Broncos this fall. And that’s why he checks in at number 24 on our countdown of the most important players for the Broncos in 2022.

Bronco Nation News 25 Most Important Players For The Boise State Football Team In 2022

#25: Running back Tyler Crowe

No. 24: Punter James Ferguson-Reynolds

Author: BJ rain

BJ Rains is a three-time winner of the NSMA Idaho Sportswriter of the Year Award. He covered Boise State Athletics for the Idaho Press from 2013 to 2021 before leaving to found Bronco Nation News. Rains, who ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press’s college basketball poll from 2014-2021, appears weekly on KTIK 93.1 FM every Friday at 4 p.m
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