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No. 5 for No. 4: Boise State QB Rypien on another national watchlist

For the second straight year, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien has been named to the Walter Camp Award watchlist, which is given annually to the nation’s top player.

Rypien also is among those on the watchlists for the Maxwell Award, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Davey O’Brien Award. There are 40 players on the Walter Camp watchlist, three from the Mountain West. The other two in addition to Rypien are San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

Rypien was named first-team All-Mountain West his first two seasons with Broncos. Last season, he led the conference with 3,646 passing yards, while also leading in completions (244) and attempts (394) while finishing second with 24 touchdown passes. His 6,999 career passing yards are No. 2 among Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.

Boise State opens fall camp Aug. 1, and begins the season Sept. 2 at Albertsons Stadium against Troy. Rypien, defensive tackle David Moa and coach Bryan Harsin will be at the Mountain West Football Media Summit next week in Las Vegas.

Boise State football watchlists

Center Mason Hampton: Rimington Trophy (top center)

Offensive tackle Archie Lewis: Outland Trophy (top interior lineman)

Defensive tackle David Moa: Bednarik Award (top defensive player); Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player); Outland Trophy

Tight end Jake Roh: Mackey Award (top tight end)

Quarterback Brett Rypien: Maxwell Award (top offensive player); Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; Wuerffel Trophy (community service, athletics, academic achievement); Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback); Walter Camp Award (top national player)

Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson: Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player); Biletnikoff Award (top receiver)