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Boise State roster countdown 2018: Day 12, Riley Smith

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One dozen days left until the promised land, guys!

#12, Riley Smith, Freshman, Quarterback


Height: 6’4”

Weight: 206

High School: Bartram Trail High School, St. Augustine, Florida

How’d he get to The Blue™?

Riley came to Boise State as one of the late adds from the most recent recruiting class. He signed the same day as Dallas Holliday and a 4 star tight end in Tyneil Hopper that turned down an offer from some school in the south called ‘Alabama’...or something. A three-star prospect himself, Riley Smith played his senior year in a two-QB system, alongside an eventual Auburn commit, and piled up 1,495 passing yards, 633 rushing yards, and 26 total TDs (18 passing, 8 rushing) en route to the school’s first appearance in the state title game, where they ultimately fell to Venice. Florida, not Italy.



A serial killer (of defenses) from the state of Florida.


Boise State head basketball coach, Leon Rice: The most affable human in Idaho sports.

Idaho Statesman

Career highlights

As a Bronco, presently none. That will change.

2018 Prospectus

In 2018, if anyone other than Rypien is the primary taker of snaps at quarterback, it would not be ideal. Chase Cord will likely be the primary backup, but with his and Jaylon Henderson’s ability to run a bit, it seems likely they will get some packages designed around those strengths, ala Montell Cozart last year or Michael Coughlin from back in the day. Smith, for all his ability and potential, is likely going to redshirt in a very useful ‘watch and learn’ kind of year. He will also likely be a valuable part of the scout team and a mental contributor to the quarterback room.

Is he on Twitter?


Completely made up fact

As a child, Riley Smith survived a wild Gator attack in his native Florida, but declined to press charges against the perpetrator, who then chose to turn his life around and became the Tim Tebow we know and love today.