Boise State football’s quarterback competition became even more intriguing Saturday.
Ryan Finley, a sophomore and the likely front-runner to obtain the Broncos’ starting position for the Sept. 4 opener against former coach Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies, was arrested late Friday night in Boise on charges of a minor consumption or in possession of an alcoholic beverage and resisting or obstructing officers, both misdemeanors. He was booked at Ada County Jail at 12:17 a.m. Saturday and released later in the morning.
No immediate punishment was handed down by Boise State, which via a spokesman said Saturday it was aware of the arrest and would handle it per student conduct guidelines. Finley, 20, is the only quarterback on the roster with game experience at Boise State, completing 12-of-27 passes for 161 yards with two touchdowns and an interception last season as a redshirt freshman backing up senior Grant Hedrick. He attempted the most passes in April 11’s Spring Game, going 13-of-25 for 196 yards and began the game with the No. 1 offense.
Finley is competing with fellow sophomore Tommy Stuart, redshirt freshman Alex Ogle and true freshman Brett Rypien to replace Hedrick as starter. Coaches did not name a starter out of spring practices, nor did they name a leader, though coach Bryan Harsin said, “I like where Ryan is at. He understands what we’re trying to accomplish.”
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According to the Boise Police arrest report, officers came to a residence following up on a noise complaint near West Hale Street and South Euclid Avenue near Boise State’s campus at 11:32 p.m. Friday night and saw a car pull up nearby with a few people exiting, but the occupants got back in once they saw officers. After officers approached, one of the passengers ran away, and after a brief pursuit, they located the man, identified as Finley, crouched in a nearby backyard. When booked, signs of intoxication, including an odor of alcohol and glassy eyes, were noticed by officers.
A 6-foot-4, 200-pound Phoenix native, Finley has no other known legal issues, with only a December speeding ticket on the record via a search of the Idaho Repository. Quarterbacks in recent seasons have often stayed out of trouble, though senior Joe Southwick was sent home from the 2013 Hawaii Bowl for an incident in Honolulu he publicly disputed, and backup Jimmy Laughrea was suspended for the 2012 season opener at Michigan State.