Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dyserts high school coach told him as a sophomore that he couldnt continue to play football and hockey.
I quit football for three weeks, he said.
His dad, though, convinced him that was the wrong choice.
Dysert returned to the gridiron a place where he starred on the highly competitive Ohio high school scene, became a four-year starter at Miami and could follow his idol and former Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into the NFL.
I cant complain now, Dysert said. At the time, I was pretty upset.
Dysert will lead the RedHawks (1-1) into Bronco Stadium on Saturday. The Boise State home opener begins at 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Despite playing for three coaches in his career, Dysert ranks second among active players in career completions (823), third in completion percentage (64.3), third in passing yards (9,059) and fourth in touchdown passes (50).
By seasons end, he could break many of Roethlisbergers school career records.
This will be one of the top quarterbacks we see this year thats how good I think this guy is, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. Hes just one of those guys thats got it.
Dysert was a four-sport standout in Ada, Ohio. When he wasnt on the ice, he was winning the Ohio Coaches Associations all-division Player of the Year award in football, playing point guard and serving as captain on one of the states best basketball teams and playing catcher and serving as captain of the baseball team.
He missed four games at quarterback with a broken thumb during his senior football season. He played wide receiver and linebacker with a cast, then returned to quarterback for the playoffs one day after the cast was removed.
It was a crazy senior year, he said.
He was recruited by most of the Mid-American Conference and a few bigger schools.
He was committed to Miami when then-Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell offered him a scholarship to play for the Spartans.
Dysert considered visiting, but didnt.
Now Treadwell is the RedHawks coach, the programs third coach since 2008. Treadwell arrived last year but Dysert has a new position coach this year.
Its tough at times, he said of the changes. It can definitely get to you if you let it. Like coach Treadwell says, the one thing in life that is pretty much guaranteed is change. You look at the positive and find the good in every situation.
Thats one of Dyserts strengths as a quarterback. He can find the promise in a broken play.
Hes an accurate passer who can throw into tight spots but the 6-foot-4, 219-pounder also can move. He scrambles well and is difficult to tackle.
You think youve got him down and the next thing you know he throws it over your head, Boise State senior cornerback Jamar Taylor said.
Said Dysert: I just try to make the play last as long as I can and make something happen.
TICKET RECORD FALLS
Boise State has broken the school record for season-ticket sales, the school announced Tuesday. The previous record was 24,000, set last year.
Tickets remain on sale for all games. Only singles remain for next weeks game against BYU.
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