Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 1, Boise State QB Brett Rypien
By the closest of margins, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien is our selection as the number one athlete in Mountain West football.
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Now a junior, the only question left for our #1 selection is whether he can seize the MWC crown.
The benchmark for quarterback success is higher in Boise than just about anywhere else in the Mountain West but, by many standards, Brett Rypien has stood out not only as the conference’s best QB over the last two years, he’s among the top Group of 5 signal-callers.
In 2016, his second year as Boise State’s starter, Rypien improved his quarterback rating from 140.98 to 155.70, improved his touchdown pass total from 20 to 24, and improved his yards per attempt from 7.8 to 9.3. The 2015 freshman of the year became the 2016 first-team all-Mountain West QB, and then a player to follow on the Maxwell, O’Brien and Walter Camp Award watch lists.
The biggest accolade missing from Rypien’s resume at this point is “conference champion”, though the Broncos remain a strong contender for the title in 2017. If he can play as consistently as his ceiling suggests — only six FBS quarterbacks won 10 or more games and had a rating in those wins which was better than Rypien’s — don’t be shocked if Boise State takes center stage on New Year’s Day yet again.