McNichols, Rypien earn spots on pre-season awards watchlists

Posted at 11:00 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 01:00:27-04

Mountain West Football Media Days begin Tuesday morning.  Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin will speak with the media as will senior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck and redshirt senior linebacker Ben Weaver.

As the Broncos head into a new season they look to improve upon last year's 9-4 record that included a win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Boise State will look to a potent pair of stars to power the offense and they are no strangers to production.

After Ryan Finley went down with an injury in a game versus Idaho State last year the Broncos turned to then-freshman Brett Rypien to take the reigns.  Rypien took over and never looked back, passing for 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.  It’s not just fans expecting big things from Rypien who has been named to the Walter Camp, Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Award watchlists.

In the backfield, Boise State still has Jeremy McNichols, who rattled off 20 touchdowns of his own while rushing for nearly 1,400 yards.  McNichols has also earned some preseason love as a member of the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watchlists.

The team will look to get the sour taste out of their mouths following a four loss season that included a loss at BYU, a drubbing by the Utah State Aggies in Logan and losses two weeks in a row to New Mexico and Air Force.

The Broncos will also look for a return to the Mountain West Championship Game, something they missed out on last season.

Interviews begin bright and early Tuesday at 8:10 a.m.