And here we are with the first entry of Game Balls for the new year. I know I kind of trailed off unceremoniously at the end of last year.
But we are back and better than ever! Or, you know, at least back.
Game Ball One:
McKenna Kynet (soccer)
Ms. Kynet had herself an efficient day on the pitch against Cal Poly and Eastern Washington. Against Cal Poly she had 1 shot on goal and made it. She also had three shots on goal against Eastern Washington and was good on one of them. The Broncos are aggressive and capitalizing on their opportunities. Which are giving them these wins.
Congratulations to Ms. Kynet.
Game Ball Two:
Raimee Sherle (soccer)
Ms. Sherle is arguably the best player on the roster and could find herself as the Mountain West Conference player of the year. And it’s no wonder as she finds herself always in a position to score. Much like in games against Cal Poly and Eastern Washington where she did indeed help elevate the Broncos to victory.
Congratulations to Ms. Sherle.
Game Ball Three:
Sabryn Roberts (volleyball)
The senior from Torrance, CA has found herself at the top of the food chain at Boise State now that former Bronco Sierra Nobley has graduated. And Roberts hasn’t let the Broncos down by filling in that leadership void. In the Idaho State Invitational this past weekend, Roberts had 52 kills, five blocks, and one ace. This performance helped elevate the Broncos to a tournament sweep, a 5-0 season start, and continued on with the Bronco propensity for being awesome.
Congratulations Ms. Roberts.
Game Ball Four:
Tyler Horton (football)
Well not much to say here except that Horton just makes plays and finds himself in spots to take opportunities to the house.
And those opportunities get you a spot in a pretty slick chair.
You sit on a throne of turnovers pic.twitter.com/zMrH2BLUSx— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 2, 2018
Horton “only” had four total tackles. But those two scoop-and-scores loom large for the Broncos.
So large that Horton has score more points than some teams.
#BoiseState cornerback Tyler Horton currently ranks 115th in the FBS in *TEAM* scoring.— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) September 2, 2018
His 12 points are more than...
10 - #UTEP
10 - #OldDominion
10 - #SDSU
7 - #UTSA
7 - #TexasState
7 - #MTSU
7 - #NIU
3 - #WesternKentucky
…have scored this year. pic.twitter.com/lxlXTDsfZv
Congratulations Mr. Horton.
Game Ball Five:
Brett Rypien (football)
I said this on Saturday: Confident Rypien is Best Rypien. And—whooooo boy—was he ever confident. The offensive line looked smooth as they blocked for Rypien giving him ample time to make decisions and throw where necessary. Like we used to say about Kellen: Rypien was making sandwiches in the backfield with all that time.
He was 20/28, 305 yards, 4 TDs, and no INTs. He was efficient, decisive, and just plain fun to watch (well, as long as you weren’t a Troy fan or Bronco hater).
He is officially the active FBS leader in career total passing yards with 10,181 yards. (As a reference, Case Keenum is the all-time leader with 19,217. Kellen is no. 6 on that list with 14,667). I suppose that, depending on the year he has, he could crack the top 32. Zac Dysert is no. 32 with 12,016. If his season continues on this arc, he has a real chance.
Congratulations to Mr. Rypien.
Love this feeling. But it’s only the opening weekend. This stuff is a grind. Let’s keep the momentum going by letting me know what you think in the comments.