Rypiens status still unknown for UNM Thursday

BOISE - The Broncos not only lost a tough game to the Washington state cougars but they could be without the services of quarterback Brett Rypien.

Rypien did not play in the final three-quarters.  After Saturday's game, coach Harsin did not elaborate on his QB's injury.  Montell Cozart who scored with both his legs and his arm against Washington state could be elevated to the starting spot if Rypien isn't able to go.

However here is where things can tricky for head coach Bryan Harsin.

Moving Cozart up leaves only true freshman Chase Cord on the quarterback depth chart, and if Cord is forced to enter a game he will burn his redshirt status.

"We are preparing it in the way that Chase Cord is playing.  It was no different in the last game.  So Chase is going to be taking reps this week and preparing himself to play,” said, Head Coach Bryan Harsin.

Montell Cozart has shown that he is capable of being the starter if Rypien isn't available to go.  He helped get the Broncos a 31 to 10 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Kansas transfer did make a couple of mistakes like running out of bounds twice.  He also made a costly mistake by flipping a pass that the cougar defense turned into a touchdown.

However, Offensive Coordinator, Zak Hill says who ever the starter will be the team will be ready.

"Talking to him (Montell Cozart) thru the game he has been great on the phone he didn't sound agitated.  He sounded very calm.  He has been in so he has handled himself really good,” said Offensive Coordinator Zak Hill.

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