We’re counting down the days to the Boise State football team’s first spring practice with daily blog posts on players to watch. Spring ball begins Monday and ends April 13. The Spring Game is April 11 (5 p.m.).
1. QB Brett Rypien
There’s little doubt that Rypien is the most intriguing player in the Broncos’ spring football camp.
He graduated from high school early and enrolled in January to compete for the most wide-open quarterback job in recent Boise State history. He also is one of the most highly touted recruits in school history.
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Rypien (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) was rated one of the top 15 quarterback recruits in the country. He was the Washington high school player of the year after setting a state record with 13,044 career passing yards. He accounted for 134 touchdowns.
The numbers and his home state have drawn quick comparisons to Kellen Moore, who went 50-3 as a four-year starter at Boise State.
“He does have a lot of hype from the outside, which he earned from his stats and the way he played,” coach Bryan Harsin said of Rypien. “Now here’s a guy who’s in the building at 7:30 in the morning and he’s preparing. ... Is he mentally ready? I don’t know. Is he physically ready? I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect him to come out and operate our system like he’s known it for years on (Monday). ... You have to keep in mind that he’s a senior in high school right now. He’s coming into a group of guys who have played together, have played well, have had success, and he’s at one of the most high-profile positions there is. For us and him, keep it in perspective. You have to compete, you have to earn it and you have to take advantage of your reps.”
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eliah Drinkwitz said the coaches will adjust the offense to whoever wins the job, even if it’s a true freshman.
“Our job as coaches is to make sure the offense is functional for whoever is using it,” Drinkwitz said. “Our offense is not easy at all. It’s a quarterback-driven offense. There are certain things those guys are going to have to do but this offense can be directed any direction it needs to go.”