Santini Claims MW Special-Teams Honor
Nov. 17, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - After going over three seasons without a Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week since joining the conference in 2011, Boise State has now claimed the honor two weeks straight as Chris Santini was recognized Monday morning.

It is the first such honor of Santini's career and the seventh by a Bronco this season. This year Boise State has earned three offensive players of the week (Jay Ajayi twice, Grant Hedrick), two defensive (Donte Deayon, Kamalei Correa) and two special teams (Dan Goodale, Santini).

Santini, a redshirt sophomore linebacker and fixture on the Bronco special-teams units, made two crucial plays within the span of about five minutes of game time that changed the course of Saturday night's 38-29 comeback victory over San Diego State. With Boise State trailing 23-10 early in the third quarter and lined up to punt on fourth-and-4 from its own 32, Santini, as one of the personal protectors in front of punter Sean Wale, took the direct snap and swept right for a 24-yard gain to the Aztec 44 for the first down. The Broncos would then go on to finish the drive eight plays later with a five-yard rushing score from Jay Ajayi which brought Boise State within six points at 23-17.

On the ensuing kickoff, Santini was at the point of the coverage unit, combining with Jack Fields to stuff Aztec return man Rashaad Penny at his own 20-yard line after a return of just seven yards. The disadvantageous field position would limit the Aztecs, who would go three-and-out and punt away.

Boise State travels to Laramie for the penultimate contest of its regular-season slate, taking on Wyoming Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

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