Boise State wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck and the Broncos are hard at work preparing for the 2015 season opener with the University of Washington. With Ryan Finley being named as the starting quarterback by coach Bryan Harsin Sunday, Sperbeck and the receiving corps are able to focus on getting in sync with Finley and getting their timing down.
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"We were all really happy for Finley, especially how hard he's worked and how much he's put into it," Sperbeck said.
Both Sperbeck and Finley were introduced to Bronco Nation in a sense in the Air Force game last season. Sperbeck was called upon to go in for the injured Matt Miller in that game, and made an immediate impact with six catches for 73 yards. That performance included a highlight reel over-the-shoulder catch by Sperbeck from Finley, who himself was filling in for a struggling Grant Hedrick in the second half. Sperbeck said the experience at Air Force is important for the Finley to Sperbeck connection this fall: "Getting those reps are huge, especially in a game scenario, and hopefully that will carry over into this year."
Sperbeck finished the season with 51 receptions for 877 yards and three touchdowns. He noted a special energy level on campus as students returned to school this week, with Boise State's season opener with the University of Washington approaching a week from Friday: "You can kind of tell everyone's excited--they're all talking about September 4th."