Boise State's Brett Rypien Named to Davey O'Brien Award Preseason Watch List

Courtesy of Boise State Media Relations

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was named to his second watch list of 2016 Thursday. Rypien earned a spot on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the top quarterback in the country.

Rypien named to the watch list of the Maxwell Award on July 5.

Rypien, one of 30 signal-callers on the O’Brien Award watch list and the only one from a Mountain West school, is coming off of a debut 2015 season in which he was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year and to the all-conference first team after leading the loop in passing yards (3,353), total offense (3,276 yards), completions (273) and attempts (429). Rypien, who made his collegiate debut in Week 3 (Sept. 18) against Idaho State, started Boise State’s final 10 games of 2015 and threw 20 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 63.6, both marks good for second in the Mountain West.

The Bronco quarterback set the Boise State and Mountain West freshman records with 469 passing yards at UNLV on Oct. 31, and two weeks later bettered that with 506 passing yards while setting the school single-game records for completions (41) and attempts (75). Rypien went on to be named the Poinsettia Bowl Offensive MVP after throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns in Boise State’s 55-7 victory over Northern Illinois.

Six Broncos have now been named to a total of nine watch lists ahead of the 2016 campaign. Rypien (Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award), running back Jeremy McNichols (Maxwell Award), tight end Jake Roh (Mackey Award, Allstate AFCA Good Hands Team), kicker Tyler Rausa (Lou Groza Award), wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck (Biletnikoff Award) and linebacker Tanner Vallejo (Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Butkus Award).

Boise State opens the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 3 at Louisiana. The Broncos’ home opener is the following Saturday, Sept. 10, against Washington State.

The 2016 Davey O'Brien Award will be presented live at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.