Brett Rypien’s poise in the pocket is something to talk about.
Only, he can’t. Not right now anyway.
The Boise State freshman quarterback is being well protected by his coach. Since he’s not really permitted to talk to the media at the moment, Rypien’s doing all his talking with his right arm.
That’s speaking quite loudly. He’s gone 51 of 69 for 718 yards and six TDs in 2 1/2 games since Ryan Finley was hurt. What’s more, Rypien’s QB efficiency rating is 190.02, which would put him up there with Baylor’s Seth Russell if he had enough stats to qualify.
Rypien’s play has No. 25 Boise State (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) back in the rankings heading into a game at Colorado State (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday.
As for why he’s muzzled with the media, well, Broncos coach Bryan Harsin said he’s trying to take some responsibilities off his young player’s schedule.
”Brett will be available after the spring game in 2016,” Harsin said during his weekly news conference.
Ha, ha. Kidding, right?
”No,” Harsin reiterated. ”It won’t be any later (when he will talk), might be earlier.”
Colorado State coach Mike Bobo certainly had plenty to say about Rypien, who’s yet to throw an interception and is the nephew of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien.
”(Brett Rypien) is very efficient and they know what they are doing. They are sound,” Bobo said. ”They are an excellent football team.”
On top of that, a gauge for every team in the conference. The Broncos are a nation-best 107-10 in league games since 2000.
”They have high visibility. They play on TV every night and guys see that. People see that,” Bobo said. ”They have won their conference. They’ve played in the big bowls. They have upset the Oklahomas, the Georgias. There is constant visibility.
”That’s what we are trying to do here.”
Here are some notes and things to know as the Rams look for their first-ever win over the Broncos in their fifth attempt:
DISSED HIGH FIVE: After making a field goal against Hawaii last weekend, Tyler Rausa extended his hand for some high fives. His teammates walked right by him. So, he began high-fiving himself, which was caught by cameras. ”We showed that on the screen here at a team meeting. We said that kickers are people, too,” Harsin said. ”Let’s give him a little bit of love. They got a kick out of that – pun intended.”
IDEAS EXCHANGE: Bobo and Harsin have gotten together in the past to chat about Xs and Os. Bobo once visited with Harsin when Harsin was the co-offensive coordinator at Texas. ”I really respect what he does,” Harsin said. ”Coach (Jim) McElwain established a toughness. Coach Bobo understands that, and carries that mentality from Georgia there. The way they play, they’re still a tough, physical football team.” The admiration is mutual. ”If you come out with any kind of fear or hesitation, they sense it and they will crush it,” Bobo said.
TURN OF EVENTS: The Broncos are plus-8 in turnover margin this season, which is one of the top marks in the country. ”That’s the stat that matters most,” Harsin said. ”Being top 10 in the country, we’re proud of that. We need that to continue.”
BACK IN MOTION: Colorado State plans to keep a close watch on Boise State tailback Jeremy McNichols. He had 108 yards and two scores in a 55-0 win over Hawaii last weekend. ”What impresses me is his ability to run through the tackles,” Bobo said. ”When they keep pounding on you and you relax or get tired of the pounding, then he can turn an average play into a big play. He is an all-around back.”
MOBILITY: QB Nick Stevens has been just nimble enough to avoid trouble in the pocket. Bobo appreciates that. ”I learned you don’t have to run a 4.4 or run like Michael Vick or Cam Newton to be efficient and move in the pocket,” Bobo said. ”Drew Brees has been doing that his whole career. Finding windows. Nick is getting better at that.”
Freelancer Dale Bublitz contributed to this story.
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