Rypien or Cozart or Both?
Boise State beat Troy 24-13 Saturday, the spread on the game was 11 points so the game pretty much played out like the experts predicted.
However no one predicted that Brett Rypien would struggle the way he did at quarterback and that a transfer QB from Kansas named Montell Cozart would save the day.
Boise State head coach Brian Harsin said his plan all along was to play both quarterbacks. Cozart is more a runner and he was expected to see action when the Broncos needed a few yards, especially in the red zone. Harsin actually went so far to say BSU had a couple of series planned just for Cozart because his brand of play was different than Rypien’s.
While Harsin said in his post game that there is no QB controversy there are certainly some questions to be decided.
Will Rypien start against top 25 Washington State this Saturday in Pullman? My guess is yes. No good football team ever has consistent success with two quarterbacks sharing the load. However teams do have success when certain QB’s are used in certain designed situations. That was the plan for Cozart and I feel is still the plan down the road.
The controversy begins if Rypien doesn’t show he can move the team. He did last year for 10 wins and according to all sources has improved over the off season. While that wasn’t readily evident Saturday against Troy Rypien is a quality leader and his job is still his to lose.
On the bright side it is very comforting if you are a Boise State fan to know there is depth across the board even at quarterback.
Meantime, a shout out to a young Bronco defense that held Troy to just two FG’s. Now it’s on to Washington State for the first of several tough road games this year and maybe the best QB the BSU defense will; see this year in Luke Falk.
Kickoff Saturday 8:30 p.m. MDT