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Another Boise State football player leaves: Broncos down to three scholarship quarterbacks

Boise State quarterback Jake Constantine (15) throws a pass during the Spring Game held at Albertsons Stadium on April 8, 2017. The Broncos team defeated the Boise State team 13-7.
Boise State quarterback Jake Constantine (15) throws a pass during the Spring Game held at Albertsons Stadium on April 8, 2017. The Broncos team defeated the Boise State team 13-7. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football team has seen a scholarship player leave the team for a second consecutive day.

On Saturday, the school confirmed that redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Constantine has decided to transfer to Ventura (Calif.) College, a junior college a few miles from his hometown. It comes on the heels of Friday’s news that junior tight end Jake Knight has departed.

Now, Boise State has three scholarship quarterbacks remaining — senior Montell Cozart, junior Brett Rypien and true freshman Chase Cord. The Broncos also have true freshman walk-on Tanner Bolt.

Constantine confirmed his intent to transfer in a Twitter post Saturday evening, saying “it will be hard to leave so many good friends behind, but I believe everything happens for a reason.”

Rypien is the incumbent starter, Cozart will play this fall after graduating from Kansas, and Cord has impressed with his dual-threat capabilities. In the spring, Constantine played well and saw a majority of the No. 2 snaps behind Rypien. He was 13-of-28 for 123 yards in the spring game.

“Jake has come a long ways since he got here, trying to learn the offense. Like I’ve said before, it’s tough,” offensive coordinator Zak Hill said April 1. “He’s starting to settle in; things are starting to slow down a little bit. He’s got this natural accuracy that a lot of quarterbacks don’t have.”

Since December 2015, the Broncos have seen five scholarship quarterbacks leave the team or be kicked off: Alex Ogle, Ryan Finley, Tommy Stuart, Rathen Ricedorff and Constantine.

As a senior at Camarillo (Calif.) High, Constantine completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 3,988 yards with 51 touchdowns to six interceptions, adding 321 rushing yards. He did not have any other offers, according to the major recruiting websites. Constantine was a late addition to the 2016 class after Micah Wilson flipped to Missouri.

“We can sit here and nitpick some fundamentals and mechanics and all that. I don’t think he’s far off. He’s really not,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said on signing day, noting Camarillo got a new offensive system before Constantine’s junior year. “What I saw watching all of his games was a feel that you can’t coach. ... He was probably into game six of his junior year still figuring out what he was doing on a week-to-week basis. From there he kind of took off and then his senior year that’s when it starts to click, but by that time in recruiting some guys already have their guys.”

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