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Brett Rypien still the Broncos starting QB

Posted: 10:04 PM, Sep 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-05 05:16:33Z
Brett Rypien still the Broncos starting QB
Brett Rypien still the Broncos starting QB

Brett Rypien is still the Broncos starting quarterback even though his yardage total against Troy wasn’t like it has been in games past.

Rypien threw for 160 yards completing just 13 of 23 and found the turf four times and even though he gave up a touchdown on an interception the team still has faith in their signal caller.

"Brett has put himself in that position to be the starter and he has earned it.  One game is not going to influence that either way," said Offensive Coordinator Zak Hill.

Quarterback transfer Montell Cozart from the University of Kansas showed he is capable of leading the Broncos if coach Harsin wants to replace Brett Rypien with him.

With that said coach Harsin could care less what fans or the media think of who should be this team's starting quarterback.

"I thought Brett played well.  You know the one thing unless you want to go back and study the film quarterbacks get way too much credit and way to much blame.  If you truly understand football and you study it and watch it the position and you see all the other things that go into it than you would see that Brett did some good things," said, Head Coach Bryan Harsin. 

At the running back position, the Broncos used multiple players in the backfield on Saturday compared to last season when there was one threat with Jeremy McNichols.

It was a trio of effort with Alexander Mattison leading the group with 82 yards and a touchdown.  Ryan Wolpin followed with 47 yards and Robert Mahone rounded out the group with 6 yards. 

The group finished with 165 yards which are around what McNichols did on a regular basis during each game last year.

If you ask offensive coordinator Zak hill he says he likes that balanced effort out of the group.

"We knew there was going to be a good rotation and we were going to try and get a lot of those guys multiple carries.  Wolpin was going in as the guy we were going with and mixing in Alexander Mattison, and Robert Mahone.  We have to pay attention to who has the hot hand to," said, Hill.

One more note on the Broncos was freshman Avery Williams who was named this week's mountain west conference special teams player of the week.

Williams would go on to amass 124 yards over five punt returns Saturday, the sixth-highest single-game total in school history. He also fielded a kickoff which he returned 48 yards into Troy territory, setting up a Boise State field goal late in the first half to put the Broncos up 17-10.  It was the fifth-longest in Boise State history and the Broncos' first such score since Donte Deayon's 75-yard return at Wyoming on Nov. 22, 2014.

On defense, Williams, a cornerback, made a solo tackle.

"Special teams made some game changing plays which were the goal.  Avery Williams was the Mountain West player of the week rightfully sole the first time he touches the ball and he gets the chance take one to the house is pretty awesome," said, Head Coach Bryan Harsin.