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Boise State’s Brett Rypien, David Moa on watchlists for nation’s top offensive, defensive players

As the college football rapidly approaches, it means one thing: watchlist season is upon us.

Boise State junior quarterback Brett Rypien and junior defensive lineman David Moa were named to the Maxwell and Bednarik Award watchlists, respectively, on Monday. The Maxwell is given to the nation’s top offensive player, and the Bednarik to the nation’s top defender.

Rypien’s 6,999 career passing yards are No. 9 among active Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks. He is one of 34 passers on the Maxwell watchlist. Moa, who led the Broncos with 8.5 sacks last season, is one of 12 defensive tackles on the Bednarik watchlist.

Both juniors will represent Boise State along with coach Bryan Harsin at the Mountain West Football Media Summit in Las Vegas on July 25 and 26. Rypien also was named as one of 146 nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors players’ off-field contributions. Rypien has volunteered with Optimist Youth Football, at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the Boise Rescue Mission and assisted with Shine Prom, a dance held for students with special needs.

A few Boise State opponents are on the watchlists. On the Maxwell: Wyoming QB Josh Allen, Washington State QB Luke Falk, Troy QB Brandon Silvers, San Diego State RB/KR Rashaad Penny and BYU QB Tanner Mangum. On the Bednarik: Washington State DE Hercules Mata’afa, Virginia safety Quin Blanding and Virginia LB Micah Kiser, Nevada defensive end Malik Reed, Hawaii LB Jahlani Tavai, BYU LB Fred Warner and Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard.