QB Rypien status still unknown Broncos set for UVA

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This season the Broncos appear to have lost a step in the backfield lacking the explosiveness they had when Jeremy McNichols was Mr. Offense.  In fact improving the running game is on top of coach Harsin's to-do list.

Against New Mexico, the Broncos running backs combined for just 19 carries and for 56 yards.

The team's three tailbacks -- Alexander Mattison, Robert Mahone, and Ryan Wolpin -- have just 283 total yards for this season

"We need to be more physical every single guy.  We all need to a much better job.  We have said that for three games and it needs to be fixed.  There are opportunities where we hesitated, we did not hit or create the running lane that I believe we are capable of doing,” said, Head Coach Harsin.

Over the weekend junior defensive tackle David Moa was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.

As far as is discipline goes coach Harsin said it's being handled in-house and would not say if Moa would be playing this Friday.  Moa has eight tackles and one sack for the Broncos so far this season.

"Obviously disappointed bottom line we will handle it internally.  We see these things happen across college football.  You are always trying to learn from things that other people do and the more little distractions that you have the better off you are going to be,” said, Harsin.

Also discussed in Coach Harsin press conference was the status of his quarterback Brett Rypien.  Coach Harsin said Rypien has been practicing and has been throwing as well.

He did not confirm whether Rypien will start this Friday against Virginia. 

Harsin added he will take his time to evaluate Rypien throughout the week before making his decision.

Even though Rypien wasn't playing against New Mexico he was very much involved with the team on the sideline as an additional coach.

Rypien started 25 straight until he missed last weeks game with New Mexico with an undisclosed injury.

"He will practice today and we will see where he is.  If you are able to contribute and be involved they are going to do it," said, Harsin.

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