Seeing '15 QB Rypien through his coach's eyes

IT'S EXCEEDINGLY RARE THESE days to see a quarterback call their own plays. But Spokane 4-star QB Brett Rypien, nephew of CouGreat Mark Rypien, is something of an exception. Interestingly, in talking to Rypien's prep coach, the freedom allowed the quarterback sounds similar to how the play-calling works at Washington State.

Very few prep quarterbacks are given the nod to effectively choose the play like Rypien (6-2, 185) was at Shadle Park High last season.

It's also quite rare at the next level or in the pros. But Leach and Washington State are a college football exception.

Leach will indeed call some specific plays, but only about 30 percent of the time by one estimate. Rather, Leach will primarily call formations. His QB, based on the defense and other factors, is responsible for choosing the correct play.

Alan Stanfield was Rypien's coach at Shadle Park until just recently, taking the offensive coordinator's job at Whitworth, his alma mater, last month. Stanfield is just into his second week and things are busy but he took some time Wednesday afternoon to talk with CF.C about his former star pupil.

"There were not very many plays where I knew what he was going to do with the football," said Stanfield. "I call a "play" and that play would have 2-4 options, and I'm trusting Brett to choose the best option work and make the defense wrong.

"And I don't know that there are a lot of high school kids that are being asked to do that on the regular basis that we were doing that with Brett."

STANFIELD SAID there are reasons why the WSU offense would be a snug fit for Rypien. At the same time, Stanfield noted that Rypien's football IQ is such that he could do well in any college offense.

Boise State offered Rypien when Chris Petersen was still there. Now at the UW, Petersen offered Rypien again just this past week. Rypien also holds offers from Oregon State and Mississippi State. Arizona State, Boise State and others are also lurking.

CF.C asked Stanfield how Rypien might do in the in-state schools' offenses.

"Certainly (there are) more similarities between that offense (WSU) and the one we were running at Shadle," said Stanfield. "So I think he would continue to thrive there… With Brett and his skills set, his intelligence, his arm, I think it would be an offense that really plays to his strengths.

"(With UW) it depends on what offense Petersen is going to install, he obviously did real well with Kellen Moore…It's a little bit more multiple-formation, shifting guys around, play-action obviously is a big part of the passing game. Brett could be that kind of quarterback. He hasn't been that in high school.

"But I think Brett has the skills set and intelligence to fit into whatever scheme he was put into."

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  • Washington State was the first to offer Rypien.

  • Rypien threw for 4,086 yards and 57 touchdowns this past season, leading Shadle Park to the Class 3A state semifinals.

  • He broke his own state record for passing yards in a game in 2013, with 613 hashes (and 8 TDs) against Mt. Spokane.

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