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Boise State assistant Hill on quarterbacks: ‘progress has been phenomenal’

For the first time since fall camp started, Boise State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Zak Hill met with the media, and he was very bullish on the improvement of his passers.

“It’s been a great group, a fun camp,” Hill said. “... progress has been phenomenal, Brett (Rypien)’s in a great place right now, he’s throwing the ball well, he’s confident with the offense, has good timing with the receivers.”

Since he arrived in Boise before spring practices, Hill has routinely been high on Rypien, a first-team All-Mountain West quarterback last season as a true freshman.

“Honestly, since I arrived in the spring, he’s come a long way, he’s getting the ball out a lot quicker, he’s shortened his delivery, that’s been the biggest thing, his accuracy’s really good,” Hill said. “... I think he’s feeling real comfortable with what he’s doing.”

Hill said they have not decided on who the third quarterback may be behind Rypien and junior Tommy Stuart.

▪  On Stuart: “Boy, he’s come a long way. A big portion of that is his urgency and his focus. He’s coming in having that backup role, having more of an impact on what’s going on ... he’s taken a real focused approach to his learning. His demeanor’s changed, he’s really improved throwing the football, he’s been really accurate through camp.”

▪  On freshman Jake Constantine: “Jake’s doing a great job. It’s tough on a freshman learning everything, having that weight of getting early reps ... right off the bat, he’s thrown into the fire.”

▪  On fitting in on the staff: “Coach Harsin is open-minded and wants to hear new thoughts and new ideas, ways we can be better. Whether it’s man routes, certain red-zone concepts or third-down ideas, he’s been very open to different thoughts, we’re starting to implement a few things here and there.”

I profiled the quarterbacks in our position preview Friday. In today’s Statesman, it was the running backs. Tomorrow, the tight ends.

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Redshirt junior long snapper Matt Cota, an Eagle High graduate, also spoke Saturday after practice about being placed on scholarship Thursday. He discussed working at D&B Supply (not Cabela’s, as coach Bryan Harsin thought), balancing work, school and football, and how he has seized the No. 1 job. Check out the video interview above, too.

“It meant everything to me,” he said. “... words can’t really describe it.”

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The most recent in Boise State’s get to know a freshman series are running back Robert Mahone, defensive tackle Chase Hatada and offensive lineman Kole Bailey.

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2016 POSITION-BY-POSITION ROSTER

QUARTERBACK

3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 203, R-Jr.

7 Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 187, R-So.

4 Brett Rypien, 6-2, 200, So.

15 Jake Constantine, 6-1, 194, Fr.

14 Cam Humprey, 6-1, 191, Fr.

TAILBACK

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 174, R-Sr.

30 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 189, R-Jr.

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 212, Jr.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 195, R-So.

39 Jake Shaddox, 5-11, 211, R-Fr.

34 Robert Mahone, 5-10, 209, Fr.

22 Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 206, Fr.

20 Jake Roper, 5-10, 183, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

16 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 183, R-Sr.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 193, R-Sr.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 180, Sr.

89 Brock Barr, 6-3, 204, R-Jr.

83 David McKinzie, 6-0, 175, R-Jr.

17 Austin Cottrell, 6-2, 202, Jr.

1 Cedrick Wilson, 6-3, 183, Jr.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 210, R-So.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, R-So.

81 Akilian Butler, 5-10, 183, So.

9 Bryan Jefferson, 5-11, 186, R-Fr.

5 Garrett Collingham, 6-4, 204, R-Fr.

2 Julian Carter, 6-2, 200, Fr.

18 Bubba Ogbebor, 6-0, 187, Fr.

80 Christian Blaser, 6-1, 181, Fr.

TIGHT END

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 245, R-Jr.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 227, R-Jr.

93 Jake Knight, 6-4, 232, R-So.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 246, R-So.

47 Matt Pistone, 6-3, 249, R-Fr.

85 John Bates, 6-6, 229, Fr.

84 Nick Crabtree, 6-7, 263, Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 295, R-Sr.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 288, R-Sr.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 326, R-Sr.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 294, R-Sr.

72 Will Adams, 6-7, 300, R-Sr.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 300, R-Jr.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 281, R-Jr.

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 296, R-Jr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 288, R-So.

67 Garrett Larson, 6-4, 293, R-Fr.

79 Eric Quevedo, 6-4, 300, R-Fr.

77 John Molchon, 6-5, 307, R-Fr.

75 Kole Bailey, 6-4, 286, Fr.

76 Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 305, Fr.

69 Austin Dixon, 6-6, 264, Fr.

71 Donte Harrington, 6-2, 291, Fr.

64 Ben Vering, 6-4, 240, Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 259, R-Sr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 258, R-Jr.

91 Durrant Miles, 6-5, 244, So.

93 Chase Hatada, 6-3, 268, Fr.

45 Kayode Rufai, 6-4, 255, Fr.

40 Jabari Watson, 6-1, 262, Fr.

99 Curtis Weaver, 6-3, 287, Fr.

56 Dane Gooch, 6-2, 254, Fr.

STUD END

33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 234, R-Jr.

8 Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 239, R-So.

35 Derriyon Shaw, 6-2, 222, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 279, R-Sr.

90 Daniel Auelua, 6-2, 293, Jr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 271, R-So.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 270, R-So.

54 Matt Locher, 6-2, 272, R-Fr.

53 Sam Whitney, 6-2, 239, R-Fr.

98 Sonatane Lui, 6-1, 293, Fr.

57 Emmanuel Fesili, 6-2, 308, Fr.

LINEBACKER

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 222, R-Sr.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 228, Sr.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 223, Sr.

7 Joe Martarano, 6-3, 238, R-Jr.

24 Kam Miles, 6-1, 208, R-Jr.

36 Blake Whitlock, 6-1, 208, Jr.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 220, R-So.

38 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 236, R-So.

41 Will Heffner, 6-2, 212, R-Fr.

58 Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 219, Fr.

9 Desmond Williams, 5-11, 193, Fr.

95 Nick Provenzano, 5-11, 203, Fr.

48 Bruno DeRose, 5-11, 194, Fr.

34 Solo Taylor, 6-2, 207, Fr.

On mission:

Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr.

CORNERBACK

25 Raymond Ford, 5-10, 191, R-Sr.

2 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 185, Sr.

14 Tyler Horton, 5-11, 178, So.

21 Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 182, R-Fr.

28 Garrett Estrada, 5-9, 163, R-Fr.

27 Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-10, 170, Fr.

30 Robert Lewis, 5-10, 168, Fr.

4 DeAndre Pierce, 5-11, 168, Fr.

22 Hayden Israelson, 5-11, 180, Fr.

26 Avery Williams, 5-9, 202, Fr.

SAFETY

3 Chanceller James, 6-2, 208, R-Sr.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 187, R-Jr.

17 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 198, R-Jr.

29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 201, R-So.

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 194, R-So.

15 Evan Tyler, 6-2, 185, R-Fr.

23 Damion Wright, 6-0, 189, R-Fr.

10 Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 195, Fr.

32 Jordan Happle, 5-11, 191, Fr.

17 Jalen Walker, 6-0, 167, Fr.

47 Ma'a Tanuvasa, 6-1, 185, Fr.

KICKER

49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 189, R-Sr.

46 Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 218, Fr.

PUNTER

19 Sean Wale, 6-2, 193, R-Sr.

LONG SNAPPER

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 196, R-Jr.

50 Nicholai Pitman, 5-11, 220, Fr.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

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