It became glaringly obvious midway through the 2015 season that Brett Rypien had entrenched himself as the starter for the foreseeable future. When the Broncos kick off against Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend, they will do so having seen the true sophomore separate himself from the pack even more after a stellar offseason.
The Boise State coaching staff and Rypien’s teammates have raved about the steps he has taken to improve since the final whistle of the Poinsettia Bowl sounded back in December. His work ethic, leadership, intelligence, skill and execution should lead to a potent, high-powered offense for the Broncos. Having tempered expectations is a good way to approach life, but all signs point to BSU lighting up the scoreboard with Rypien at the helm.
Behind him is redshirt junior Thomas Stuart, who has put in the time to improve and will be a viable and more than serviceable backup should the unthinkable happen to Rypien. Stuart is also likely to see the field for special packages and play calls, such as was the case last season.
Redshirt sophomore and walk-on Anthony Upshaw is the second eldest quarterback on the roster, but don’t expect him to see playing time without a massive emergency on hand.
Much like Upshaw, Jake Constantine and walk-on Camron Humphrey (both true freshmen) are unlikely to play. They will do well to get a redshirt year under their belts this season, and both are in a good position under the tutelage of Rypien.
Thomas Stuart, 5-11, 203 lbs, Baltimore, Md. (Butte Community College)
Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 187 lbs, Moorpark, Calif.
Brett Rypien, 6-2, 200 lbs, Spokane, Wash.