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Boise State QB Rypien on O’Brien watchlist; McNichols added to Walker list

Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien looks to throw Oct. 3 against Hawaii at Albertsons Stadium. He was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watchlist Thursday.
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien looks to throw Oct. 3 against Hawaii at Albertsons Stadium. He was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watchlist Thursday.

Boise State sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien was named to his second national award watchlist Thursday, the first one specific to his position. He was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watchlist, the award given to the nation’s top quarterback. He is one of 30 quarterbacks on the list, the only one from the Mountain West.

Rypien threw for 3,353 yards in 11 games last season (10 starts) and had 20 touchdown passes. He was named first-team All-Mountain West and capped off the season earning offensive MVP honors in the Broncos’ 55-7 Poinsettia Bowl win. Rypien was named to the Maxwell Award (top offensive player) watchlist on July 5.

Also on Thursday, the Doak Walker Award (top running back) watchlist was announced, but surprisingly it did not include Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols, who ran for 1,337 yards and scored 26 total touchdowns. However, Boise State said there was a miscommunication, and McNichols was later added.

Here’s a look at the Boise State Broncos on preseason watchlists:

Maxwell Award (top player in college football): QB Brett Rypien, RB Jeremy McNichols

Mackey Award (top tight end): TE Jake Roh

Lou Groza Award (top placekicker): K Tyler Rausa

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player): LB Tanner Vallejo

Butkus Award (top linebacker): LB Tanner Vallejo

Biletnikoff Award (top receiver): WR Thomas Sperbeck

Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback): QB Brett Rypien

Doak Walker Award (top running back): RB Jeremy McNichols

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