What Happens to Boise State If Brett Rypien Gets Injured?
Boise State football has one of the best starting quarterbacks in the nation, but if Brett Rypien can’t play the Broncos are in trouble.
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A look at QB Brett Rypien and his backups
The quarterback situation at Boise State is set in stone at the starting position with Brett Rypien who is heading into his junior season. Rypien’s credentials are impressive as he is considered one of, if not, the best quarterback in the conference.
He came in as an injury replacement during his freshman year in 2015, he was the first-team all-conference quarterback in each of his first two seasons. The preseason magazines are predicting that once again hew will be the best quarterback in the Mountain West.
Rypien has been a star since he became the starter in that freshman year but there is a reason we say there is a “Good Brett Rypien” and a “Bad Brett Rypien.”
The nomenclature of that nickname is pretty clear. When Rypien is good Boise State wins but when he is not up to his high standards it usually means a loss for the Broncos.
All quarterbacks go through a rough patch and Rypien is more often good than not, in fact he is one of the best in the Mountain West.
Rypien should be even a better quarterback this year as there is continuity with the offense as Zak Hill is entering his second year as the Broncos offensive coordinator.
One area where there could be a hiccup is that Rypien will be throwing to a new set of wide receivers as three of his top four targets are no longer on the roster.
The Broncos lose Thomas Sperbeck who accounted for 80 receptions for 1,272 yards, plus there is the loss of wide out Chaz Anderson and running back Jeremy McNichols who accounted for 68 receptions for 876 yards.
The key player back in the receiving corp is Cedrick Wilson and he is projected to be one of the best wide receivers in the conference. In his first year in the Broncos system he thrived with 1,219 yards while averaging 11.9 yards per target and had five games over 100 yards. The Broncos also return a reliable target in tight end Jake Roh.
Look for receivers Sean Modster, Akilian Butler A.J. Richardson to round out the depth chart.
As for the quarterback position after Rypien the depth is extremely limited with the Boise State quarterbacks as transfers have occurred over the past few years since Rypien took over, and held onto, the starting job as a true freshman.
Boise State helped its depth by bringing in Kansas transfer Montell Cozart to be the backup. He is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer and in his time with the Jayhawks he appeared in 27 games with 18 career starts.
After Cozart there is redshirt freshman Jake Constatine and incoming true freshman Chase Cord but neither have any FBS experience.
As long as Rypien is healthy then Boise State’s quarterback situation will be just fine.