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Watch list recognition continues to roll in for Boise State QB Brett Rypien

Brett Rypien’s highlights from 2017 Boise State football season

Watch Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien's top plays from the 2017 season. (Highlights courtesy of Boise State and the Mountain West)
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Watch Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien's top plays from the 2017 season. (Highlights courtesy of Boise State and the Mountain West)

It’s a sign that football is close, and a sign that actual games can’t start soon enough.

Watch list season is here, and you, dear reader, may as well be included.

Though ultimately meaning little, these lists often give a glimpse into some of college football’s top returning talent, and Boise State is often on plenty of them.

Friday, July 27: Boise State senior quarterback Brett Rypien was named to the Walter Camp Award watchlist, which honors the top player in the nation.

Thursday, July 26: Boise State senior quarterback Brett Rypien and sophomore cornerback/returner Avery Williams were named the Mountain West’s Preseason Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Year. They also were named to the Wuerrfel Trophy and Paul Hornung Award watch lists, respectively. The Wuerffel Trophy “combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.” The Hornung honors the most versatile player in the country.

Tuesday, July 24: A pair of Boise State defensive players were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list — senior cornerback Tyler Horton and senior defensive tackle David Moa. Horton had 44 tackles, plus two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, in 2017. Moa had two sacks in 2017 among his 21 tackles, playing a key role against the run. He had 8.5 sacks as a sophomore. 

Monday, July 23: Two Boise State players were named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which honors the top defensive back in the nation. Horton and junior safety Kekoa Nawahine were one of six pairs of teammates on the list. Nawahine is the Broncos’ top returning tackler (108) and had three interceptions as a sophomore.

Friday, July 20: Even though he has only three career catches, sophomore John Bates was named to the Mackey Award watch list. The 6-foot-6, 247-pound Oregon native should play a big role in 2018 with the graduation of Jake Roh and Alec Dhaenens.

Wednesday, July 18: Junior running back Alexander Mattison was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, honoring the nation’s top running back. He rushed for 1,086 yards last season, giving Boise State a 1,000-yard back in nine straight seasons, tied with Auburn for the longest streak in the nation.

Tuesday, July 17: Senior quarterback Brett Rypien was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list, which honors the nation’s top quarterback. He’s one of 26 passers on the list, one of seven from the Group of Five conferences.

Monday, July 16: The first player watch lists were released — Rypien and senior cornerback Tyler Horton are on the Maxwell (top overall player) and Bednarik (top defensive player) lists, respectively.

Rypien’s 9,876 career yards passing are No. 1 among active Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks. Both players represented Boise State in Las Vegas at the Mountain West Football Media Summit.

Boise State players on award watch lists

QB Brett Rypien — Maxwell Award (top overall player); Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback); Wuerrfel Trophy (athletic/academic achievement); Walter Camp Award (top overall player)

CB Tyler Horton — Bednarik Award (top defensive player); Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back); Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player)

RB Alexander Mattison — Doak Walker Award (top running back)

TE John Bates — Mackey Award (top tight end)

DT David Moa — Bednarik Trophy (top defensive player)

S Kekoa Nawahine — Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back)

CB/PR Avery Williams — Hornung Award (most versatile player)