Boise State is no stranger to QB transfers...but they are always transferring out, not in. It was announced this morning that junior Ryan Finley would be the next Bronco QB to join this growing procession. You may recall that Alex Ogle transferred out prior to Spring Ball, which means the Broncos are 2 quarterbacks down entering camp...yet again. Finley was named the starter for the 2015 season, beating out true frosh Brett Rypien and "enjoyed" mixed results prior to an ankle injury in the 3rd game of the season against Idaho State. You know the rest—Rypien took over and played well enough to earn MWC Freshman of the Year honors and All-MWC first team, making Finley's return to the #1 QB spot doubtful barring a reversal of fortunes on the injury front.
Finley battled hard throughout spring camp, but it became more and more clear that Rypien's progression was not going to be stalled. In fact, I mentioned to the Statesman's Dave Southorn that I thought Finley seemed a tad "off" during his spring interview. He said the right things, but seemed under considerable duress. Tell me, I'm wrong:
At any rate, Boise State will enter fall camp with 2 quarterbacks (no, I'm not counting Anthony Upshaw), and will need true freshman Jake Constantine to show up ready to compete. If Rypien stays healthy (knock on wood—seriously), it may all be moot...but that thin of depth at the QB position is not ideal, but neither is it uncommon at Boise State. All told, the primary quarterbacks signed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 will all end up having left the program. That's quite a streak. Any personal feelings on Finley's departure aside, in this instance it's probably best to let Bryan Harsin put a bow on this thing, and we'll just say, "ditto".
“We wish Ryan the best,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He is going to leave Boise State with a degree, and that is what this is all about.”