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Boise State roster countdown 2017: Day 4, Brett Rypien

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Four. Just 4 more days until Boise State football. It’s so close I can taste it. Sweet, sweet football. Now let’s review—Brett Rypien

#4, Brett Rypien, Junior, QB

Stats:

Height: 6’ 2”

Weight: 208

High School: Shadle Park HS, Spokane, HS

How'd he get to the Blue™?

An early enrollee that had committed to Coach Mike Sanford. The commitment was touch-and-go for a lot of Boise State fans because Rypien was a four-star athlete that seemed almost too good to be true. And we were all sweating bullets if/when an offer would come from Washington State. A seemingly offer that could not be turned down. BUT HE DID. And the rest is history with Mr. Rypien signing on the dotted line.

Nickname

“Rippin’”

I hate myself.

Look-a-like

I think Casey had it right last year with Jesse Spencer.

Career Highlights

Guys. Guys. He’s done things. And he’s done good things. In fact he’s so many good things in his two years that people want to give him a lot of awards. He’s on four watch lists this year because of all his highlights. I’m not going to put numbers here, but I will post some notable things he’s done.

  • Mountain West Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • All-Mountain West First Team (2016)
  • All-Mountain West First Team (2015)
  • Poinsettia Bowl Offensive MVP (2015)
  • 2x Mountain West All-Academic Team (2015-16)
  • 2x Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award (2016-17)

He’s accomplished a lot.

2017 Prospectus

Already a lot has been said about Mr. Brett Rypien.

Can he get better this year?

Will he be the QB the Broncos need him to be?

Brett Rypien or Josh Allen?

There there have been plenty of words put together to read into what kind of season that Rypien needs to have for the Broncos to be successful. And they all matter.

Losing two big receiving targets in Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson is going to limit to whom he can throw. Yes, Cedrick Wilson is going to be a monster, but we all know that and so do the other teams. Who is going to be that other guy to show up and make those catches?

Losing another 1,000 yard rusher in Jeremy McNichols to the NFL doesn’t help continue a strong running game and take pressure off Rypien to not feel like he has to do everything to stay in games. Alexander Mattison has a TON of potential to be the next great Boise State back but he’s been injured a lot of the fall camp and he may actually be losing reps to Ryan Wolpin (who has successfully been able to shoehorn an “or” designation from the coaches in the RB1 spot. There is so much potential there, but not a lot of proven production—yet. I, personally, am not worried about it but would definitely have preferred one more year of McNichols.

So what about Rypien? Will he make it 3-3 for first team All-Mountain West? Or is this the year that he gets dethroned? Does he get another pair of 1,000 yard receivers and opens a door for yet another 1,000 yard rusher? My gosh I sure hope so. You have to love his attitude toward situation and his ability to take that responsibility very seriously. He’s going to be better this year. Just how much better is anyone’s guess.

Is he on Twitter?

Yeah, but he’s been off Twitter for a while.

Completely NOT made up fact

Brett Rypien twerks.