Boise State junior QB Ryan Finley, March 7
Former Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley will reunite with one of his former Bronco coaches.
A source confirmed Monday morning that Finley has decided to transfer to North Carolina State, where ex-Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz now works. Finley decided to transfer April 12 following the Broncos’ final practice of spring. Drinwkitz was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator last season, when Finley started the first three games before a season-ending injury.
North Carolina State officially announced the news Monday afternoon.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Wolfpack and this new family,” Finley said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get to work.”
Finley will be immediately eligible since he graduated from Boise State this month. He will be a redshirt junior this fall, and could potentially get a rare sixth year of eligibility if he obtains a medical redshirt for missing most of the 2015 campaign. The 6-foot-4 Finley played in eight games for the Broncos, completing 58-of-97 passes for 646 yards with three touchdowns to five interceptions.
The Wolfpack are in need of a new starting quarterback after the graduation of Jacoby Brissett, drafted in the third round by the Patriots last month. No starter was named out of spring practices, with sophomore Jalan McClendon and redshirt freshman Jakobi Meyers the top two candidates.
Brett Rypien stepped in for Finley last season a freshman at Boise State, and quickly impressed, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors. Rypien continued to thrive this spring, and though Finley said he was happy at Boise State when practices began, opted to leave the day after they were completed.
In other former Boise State player news, nfldraftbible.com reported Sunday that running back Kelsey Young has signed with the Washington Redskins after a tryout over the weekend.
Last season, his lone with the Broncos after transferring from Stanford, Young had 511 yards rushing on 101 carries, scoring eight touchdowns. Christian Shanafelt, who reported the news, tweeted “Young told me that he was close to walking away from the game of football once his collegiate career came to an end.”
Young is the fourth known Bronco from last season’s team to sign as an undrafted free agent, joining cornerback Donte Deayon (Giants), linebacker Tyler Gray (Dolphins) and center Marcus Henry (Saints). Defensive end/tight Tyler Horn had a tryout with the Chiefs, but was not signed.
Also on Monday, Boise State confirmed the hiring of Chris Ross as its director of program development. Ross spent last season as the head coach at Prosper (Texas) High, where he coached incoming Boise State freshman running back Robert Mahone. His departure was first reported Wednesday.
Ross also coached at two other Texas high schools. He will work with the coaching staff, along with aiding in recruiting and player development as an off-field staff member.
“We couldn't be more excited to have Coach Ross join the Bronco family,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “I met Chris during my time at the University of Texas and have seen the kind of person, coach and mentor he is. Our whole objective with Chris in this position is to help us get better in recruiting, teaching and connecting with everything that surrounds our program.”