What You Need To Know About The Boise State Offense
– Back at the helm, offensive coordinator Zac Hill gets back a loaded attack that averaged over 400 yards and 32 points per game. The ground game was okay, the passing attack fantastic, and the O efficient and careful – it led the Mountain West in fewest turnovers given up. Seven starters are back, helped out in a big way because …
– Brett Rypien is back for what seems like his 13th year with the program, and now that Josh Allen and Rashaad Penny are gone, he should be seen as the Mountain West’s signature star after earning all-conference honors – again. He’s one of the nation’s most efficient and steadiest passers, but he needs targets to work with.
1,511-yard, seven touchdown all-star Cedrick Wilson is gone, along with go-to tight end Jake Roh. AJ Richardson is a physical receiver who can get deeper and Sean Modster is a decent veteran, but the passing game needs someone who can rise up and explode as the No. 1 guy. Watch out for star recruits Tyneil Hopper at tight end and receiver Khalil Shakir to have a shot right away.
– Alexander Mattison has become the next great Boise State running back, taking over for Jeremy McNichols and running for 1,086 yards and 12 scores, while also doing a nice job as a receiver with 28 grabs. He’s the workhorse, but with Ryan Wolpin done, more parts need to work into the rotation starting with Robert Mahone and great-looking freshman Andrew VanBuren.
The blocking should be there, at least on the left side, with the return of all-star tandem Ezra Cleveland at tackle and John Molchon at guard. However, the line that was just okay at keeping defenses out of the backfield need more out of the right size, and has to replace solid center Mason Hampton.
Biggest Key To The Boise State Offense
Finding a new Cedrick Wilson is a must. The pass protection has to be stronger, and converting a fourth down play would be nice – the Broncos were dead last in the country, converting just 17.8% of the time – but more than anything else, the passing game needs a No. 1 star.
Wilson was a dominant force over the last two seasons, Thomas Sperbeck was a factor before that, and Matt Miller before that, and Tyler Shoemaker, Titus Young and Austin Pettis were all fantastic go-to guys over the years. There isn’t a sure-thing, obvious main man quite yet, but Brett Rypien will make everyone around him stronger.