SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Players To Watch
QB Brett Rypien, Boise State: Already with 13,578 career passing yards, brilliant four-year starter is just 41 yards away from finishing 11th all-time college football history. He struggled in the Mountain West Championship loss to Fresno State with his worst game of the year, but he’s been able to hit the 300-yard mark seven times with 30 touchdowns and just seven picks.
LB Curtis Weaver, Boise State: He’s not Leighton Vander Esch, but he’s doing his best impersonation from his outside linebacker spot, coming up with 43 tackles on the season with 9.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He’s not a pass rushing specialist, but he’s a tough part of the rotation that’s dominant at getting after the quarterback.
RB AJ Dillon, Boston College: The overused workhorse has taken a pounding, and it showed. When he’s right, he’s a 100-yard machine, but he suffered an ankle injury in the middle of the season and wasn’t quite right the rest of the way. Even so, he ran for 1,108 yards and ten touchdowns, and now he’s been able to rest and heal up.
DE Zach Allen, Boston College: Wyatt Ray might have led the team in sacks on the other side, but that’s partly because everyone spent so much time paying attention to Allen. The 6-5, 285-pounder made 61 tackles with 6.5 sacks and a team-high 15 tackles for loss. Impossible to throw over, he batted down seven passes and blocked two kicks.