Ryan Finley Reflects On Senior Season

Paradise Valley HS QB Ryan Finley (Phoenix, AZ) verbally committed to Boise State last spring & wrapped up his senior season just a few weeks ago with a loss in the state playoffs. It was a disappointing end to a great season, but the future Bronco says he is "proud" of the overall performance of the team. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his senior season & his future as a Bronco.

Paradise Valley HS QB Ryan Finley (Phoenix, AZ) verbally committed to Boise State last spring and wrapped up his senior season just a few weeks ago with a loss in the state playoffs. It was a disappointing end to a great season, but the future Bronco says he is "proud" of the overall performance of the team.

"I was proud," he said. "Overall, it was a good senior year and an all-around good year for the team," he added.

"I think where I improved most was just being aware of game situations," he stated. "I knew when to slide, to throw it out of bounds, and stayed composed when I needed to as well. I feel I matured as a QB."

"As a leader, I definitely improved on that," said Finley. "I became a much better leader and it wasn't just because I was a senior. I think I did a better job of taking those younger guys and making them feel welcomed. Young players are going to make mistakes. They'll be seniors one day too and will hopefully do the same thing with the young players on the team."

Finley and his teammates finished the 2011 season with a 4-6 record, but improved tremendously in the 2012 campaign as they finished with a record of 7-4. The reason? Like Finley, the team matured.

"It wasn't just about me," he said. "I had more mature receivers, a better O-line, and the guys around me really stepped up. We had more experience and were able to grow as a team. I think that's the biggest reason why we improved."

"Coach put a lot more trust in me this year," he said. "I think that also helped and allowed me to make more plays downfield in the passing game," he added.

He went on to say that he also keeps in contact with the coaching staff at Boise State.

"I talk to Coach Smith, Coach Huff, and Coach Petersen pretty frequently," said Finley. "I just spoke to Coach Smith yesterday. Basically, we just talked about how I was doing, basketball season starting, and the CSU game."

"I feel I'm really blessed to be able to go to Boise State and play for a coach like Coach Petersen," he said. "That's the reason why I didn't wait long to commit. I knew there was no other coach I'd rather play for and when he offered, I decided not to wait. I know it'll be an unbelievable experience."

Finley (6'4, 185) hasn't taken his official visit to Boise State yet, but says it'll likely come in December.

"We've talked about that a little bit," he said. "I'm not exactly sure when it will be but I'm thinking sometime in early December. Maybe around the 7th or something like that."

As a senior, Finley threw for 3,500 yards, 34 TDs, and 8 INTs.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Ryan Finley.




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