Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Boise State QB Brett Rypien off to career start for 2-0 Broncos

Saturday is a big day for Boise State football, as the No. 17 Broncos will hit the road for a premiere showdown against No. 24 Oklahoma State, which has stormed out to a 2-0 start by outscoring opponents 113-30.

One reason Boise State probably won’t enter this weekend’s matchup without confidence, however, is the man under center: Brett Rypien.

The nephew of two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Mark Rypien, who most famously played for the Washington Redskins from 1986-93, Brett has been a heralded prospect for a while. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He was the consensus top quarterback recruit for Washington state in 2015. And he’s racked up awards guiding Boise State since his true freshman season.

But 2018, his senior year, is already off to a phenomenal start — perhaps the best of his career.

Deemed by ESPN an NFL draft prospect to watch, the 6-foot-2 signal-caller has even elicited early Heisman speculation during Boise State’s 2-0 start. Already a two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honoree this season, he’s upped his deep-ball accuracy and been near-perfect thus far. After a 305-yard, four-touchdown opener vs. Troy, Rypien added 362 yards (on 21-of-28 passing) with three touchdowns vs. Connecticut, and he’s also yet to throw his first interception.

The 2017 Mountain West Championship Offensive MVP has also credited his poise on the football field to his Christian faith.

“I pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said in Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2017 magazine, “because I know He has a plan for my life, and, throughout any ups and downs, He will always be there for me.”

Rypien and the Broncos take on Oklahoma State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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