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01/29/19 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Brett Rypien displayed some of his pedigree in the East-West Shrine Game. Rypien and Easton Stick each threw a touchdown pass to help the West beat the East 21-17 on Saturday. Rypien, a Boise State product and nephew of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, was 10 of 14 for 134 yards. Scouts from a number of NFL teams talked with Rypien during a week of workouts preceding the game. "Overall it was a great week," Rypien said. "I thought I came down here and did what I needed to do as far as what I wanted to show the scouts."

Stick, from North Dakota State, completed 5 of 8 passes for 51 yards. Purdue's David Blough had two touchdowns and 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing. "It was a good day," Blough said. "I think we had a good opportunity to showcase what I can do, so that was special. I'm thankful for it all and I'm just glad I got to be a part of." Rypien connected on a 22-yard scoring strike with LSU's Nick Brossette during the first drive of the game. "Thought I was pretty accurate with the ball for the most part," Rypien said. - AP College Football

12/29/18 - (RB) - *Alexander Mattison, Jr, 5-11, 219
RB Alexander Mattison will skip his senior season and head to the pros. Mattison announced on his Twitter account that he will forego his final year of eligibility with the Broncos and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Mattison rushed for 1,415 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games for Boise State (10-3), which won its final seven regular-season games. He also had 27 receptions for 173 yards. Mattison closed the season in spectacular fashion with consecutive 200-yard rushing games, and rushed for at least 144 yards in his final four contests while amassing seven touchdowns in that span.

11/17/18 - (WR) - Sean Modster, rSr, 5-11, 190
Sean Modster caught a career-best three touchdowns passes to lead No. 23 Boise State to a 45-14 victory over New Mexico on Friday night. The Broncos (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) took advantage of three turnovers by the Lobos (3-8, 1-6) that they turned into 24 points. Modster finished with a career-high nine catches for 129 yards. Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien was an efficient 17 for 27 for 222 yards and the three scores, while running back Alexander Mattison added 145 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos came into the game looking to break Modster open, Rypien said "He got some looks but at other times, it depended on what they were giving us," he said. "He just did a good job of winning the one-on-ones. I think our other guys are going to be hungry now that Sean had three touchdowns. I'm sure there are some other guys in that room who are going to want some red zone action, as well." Boise State limited the Lobos to 262 total yards and one touchdown, with their other score coming on a punt return. - AP College Football

11/10/18 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Brett Rypien threw for 269 yards and Alexander Mattison rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Boise State to a 24-17 upset over No. 16 Fresno State on Friday night. Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Mountain West), which hasn't lost to Fresno State at home since 1984, beat a ranked team for the first time in November in program history to keep its conference title aspirations alive. Fresno State (8-2, 5-1) entered the game as the nation's No. 2 scoring defense and had only given up three touchdowns in conference play before facing the Broncos. Rypien, who became the Mountain West's all-time passing leader in both yards and receptions, hit Khalil Shakir in stride on a 49-yard scoring strike with 9:22 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Broncos a 24-17 lead. Leading 10-3 at halftime, Fresno State appeared to take control of the game by driving 75 yards on the opening possession of the second half and scoring on a 1-yard run by Ronnie Rivers for a 17-3 advantage. But Boise State stormed back, scoring on consecutive possessions on a pair of short runs by Mattison to knot the score at 17. - AP College Football

11/04/18 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Brett Rypien threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and the Boise State defense made a last-minute goal line stand as the Broncos held off upset-minded BYU 21-16 on Saturday night. Boise State (7-2), which has now won three straight against the Cougars, leaned heavily on its defense to secure the victory. The Broncos registered seven sacks and nine tackles for loss. BYU (4-5), which has never won in five tries in Boise, lost for the third time this season in a game decided by a touchdown or less.

Boise State led 14-6 at halftime before trading touchdowns with the Cougars in the third quarter. But BYU made things interesting after a 41-yard field goal by Skyler Southam with 4:35 left cut the Boise State lead to 21-16. After the Cougars defense forced a Boise State punt with 2:05 remaining, Zach Wilson led the Cougars from their own 13 to the Boise State 2 with seven seconds remaining. However, on the final play, Tyson Maeva and Scale Igiehon combined for a sack on Wilson, preserving the victory. - AP College Football

10/20/18 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Brett Rypien threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns to lead Boise State over Colorado State 56-28 on Friday night. Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had to rally from a 35-10 halftime deficit last season against the Rams, flipped the script this time in racing out to a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back. Colorado State (3-5, 2-2) was its own worst enemy, turning the ball over three times and giving up a wild punt return for a touchdown. K.J. Carta-Samuels was 19-of-30 passing for 238 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In the first half, the Broncos' offense was so efficient that the only third down it failed to convert occurred when Rypien stumbled over his own feet after taking a snap under center. But that was about the only miscue he had in finishing with the same number of touchdowns as incompletions (22 of 26 passing). - AP College Football

10/09/18 - (CB) - DeAndre Pierce, Jr, 5-11, 174
S DeAndre Pierce will not play again this season because of an injury, coach Bryan Harsin said this week. Pierce suffered a lacerated spleen in the Sept. 29 win over Wyoming and missed last Saturday's loss to San Diego State as result. He has now been declared out for the rest of the season. Before the injury Pierce was leading the Broncos in tackles with 23.

10/09/18 - (DE) - David Moa, rSr, 6-2, 279
DT David Moa will miss the rest of the season with a calf injury, coach Bryan Harsin said this week. A calf injury has plagued Moa much of the season. He missed the first two games of the season because of a that problem and then missed two of the next three games because of the same problem. Moa started 24 games the past two seasons. He was a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2016, and was named to the second-team all-conference squad last season.

09/30/18 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Playing in hazy conditions caused by smoke from a forest fire burning the area, Boise State's Brett Rypien burned another defense to record his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game this season. Rypien completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for two touchdowns and 342 yards in leading the Broncos over Wyoming 34-14 on Saturday. Boise State (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) scored on four of their first six possessions in the first half to gain a 24-0 halftime advantage and were never threatened the rest of the game.

Rypien entered the game as Boise State's career leader in 300-yard games and now has 18. Also, he has yet to throw an interception this season after four games, which is a school record. "Once we realized that we could run by them a little bit, on the outside there, we started to get some one-on-one opportunities, we took advantage of them and then it kind of opened things up," Rypien said. Broncos coach Bryan Harsin credited Rypien's success to how he prepares before each game. "He's very focused, very intentional about what he does, and I think it shows up on the field," Harsin said. "He's as consistent week to week as I've been around." - AP College Football

09/25/18 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
SEPT 10 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRETT RYPIEN, BOISE STATE, Senior, Quarterback, Spokane, Washington/Shadle Park HS...In Boise State's 62-7 home-opening victory over UConn, completed 21-of-28 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns...Rypien only played eight offensive drives for the Broncos, orchestrating scoring drives on all eight chances (six TDs, 2 FGs)...Rypien threw touchdown passes of 67, 24 and 74 yards...Saturday marked his 16th 300-yard passing performance, which is tied for the most in program history...Rypien and the Broncos enter the week No. 17 in both the Amway Coaches and AP Top 25 polls, the highest ranked Group of 5 team nationally. - Mountain West Football

09/25/18 - (CB) - Tyler Horton, Sr, 5-10, 185
SEPT 3 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TYLER HORTON, BOISE STATE, Senior, Cornerback, Fresno, California/Edison HS...Notched four tackles and recovered two fumbles, both of which he returned for scores, in Boise State's 56-20 victory at Troy on Saturday, Sept. 1...The two fumble returns for touchdowns tie a FBS single-game record. Horton scored his first touchdown with a 55-yard fumble return in the third quarter, then added an 11-yard fumble return in the fourth...Horton began the game by deflecting a screen pass, which was then intercepted by linebacker Tony Lashley. - Mountain West Football

03/06/18 - (OLB) - *Leighton Vander Esch, rJr, 6-4, 256
2018 NFL Combine Winners: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State...An ascending prospect, Vander Esch had a breakout junior campaign and his star continues to shine. At 6-4 and 256 pounds with 34-inch arms, the Idaho native ran a 4.65 40-yard dash with a 39.5-inch vertical, 6.88 three-cone and 4.15 short shuttle. Vander Esch has his flaws, but he showed steady improvement throughout the 2017 season and with his athletic profile, he could very well crack the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/04/18 - (OLB) - *Leighton Vander Esch, rJr, 6-4, 256
Combine note: LB Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State checked in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4 and 256 pounds, helping to solidify his rising status among scouts. After making only 26 tackles in 2016, he posted 141 stops in 2017, earning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang lists Vander Esch as the No. 23 prospect on his Big Board and projects him as going at No. 28 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are looking for help at linebacker following the severe spinal cord injury that will keep Ryan Shazier out of the 2018 season. "He is a clear-cut NFL athlete with the size, awareness and reliable open-field tackling skills to be a long-time starter at linebacker," Rang wrote. Vander Esch said he met with the Steelers at the Combine.

02/18/18 - (OLB) - *Leighton Vander Esch, rJr, 6-4, 256
LB Leighton Vander Esch, after his breakout season in 2017 with Boise State, is projected as the 28th overall pick in the first round, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the latest mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. He writes: "Some will criticize Vander Esch as a one-year wonder at Boise State but the same criticism also followed standout rookie T.J. Watt at Wisconsin. Like Watt, Vander Esch has the motor Steelers fans will love, as well as the length, athleticism and playmaking ability to earn a first-round selection."

01/04/18 - (WR) - Cedrick Wilson, Sr, 6-2, 197
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Wide receiver: Cedrick Wilson, Boise State (Las Vegas): Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as the 25th-ranked Broncos beat Oregon 38-28. - AP College Football

12/17/17 - (WR) - Cedrick Wilson, Sr, 6-2, 197
Cedrick Wilson got a call from Thomas Sperbeck last week where the former Boise State wide receiver joking asked the senior not to break his single-season school record for yards receiving. Nothing could keep Wilson from breaking the record in the Broncos' 38-28 win over Oregon in the Los Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Not the playful request. Not the Ducks defense. Not an ankle injury. Wilson was named the game's most valuable player after making 10 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown, finishing with 1,511 yards for the season and breaking Sperbeck's old record of 1,412 yards in 2015.

"You guys see the production as a player," Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said. "We see the person every single day, and here's a guy that's done nothing but show up prepared from day one." Wilson had a 26-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, and added a 41-yard catch to set up Boise State's final touchdown in the fourth quarter despite laboring at times on the sideline with an apparent sprained ankle. "I know he's going to get back up and do it again every single time," Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. Boise State needed Wilson to step up with two other key offensive contributors dealing with their own injuries. Senior tight end Jake Roh, who caught a team-high nine touchdown passes this season, missed the third straight game with a leg injury. Sophomore running back Alexander Mattison, who had 1,074 yards rushing and 12 touchdown runs before suffering a leg injury late in the Mountain West title game, was limited to three carries for 12 yards. - AP College Football

12/16/17 - (QB) - Brett Rypien, Sr, 6-2, 204
Brett Rypien passed for 362 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as 25th-ranked Boise State spoiled the Oregon head coaching debut of Mario Cristobal with a 38-28 victory in the 26th Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Mountain West Conference champion Broncos (11-3) improved to 3-0 all-time against the Ducks (7-6), who turned the ball over four times while falling behind 24-0 in the first half. One of those turnovers was an interception that was returned 53 yards for a touchdown by safety Kekaula Kaniho. Boise State finished with 473 total yards and 28 first downs. The Broncos defense held Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (26 of 36, 233 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) in check for most of the game. Midway through the third quarter, the Ducks, who lost head coach Willie Taggart to Florida State two days after accepting the Las Vegas Bowl bid, had just 77 yards in total offense and as many turnovers (four) as first downs (four). Boise State dominated the first half, rolling up a 294-77 edge in total yards and 17-4 advantage in first downs. But two turnovers in the final 37 seconds resulted in 14 points for Oregon. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/17 - (CB) - DeAndre Pierce, Jr, 5-11, 174
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): DeAndre Pierce, So., DB,...Pierce, another member of Boise State's fast, hard-hitting sophomore class, has teamed with Nawahine in the secondary to both stop the run and defend the pass. The Long Beach, Calif., native ranks third on the team with 77 tackles (48 solo), with 4.0 of those going for loss, and has picked off a pass in 2017. In addition to breaking up a pair of passes, Pierce has also established himself, and gained a following from Bronco fans, for his hard tackles both over the middle and in the offensive backfield. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (OG) - John Molchon, rJr, 6-5, 314
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): John Molchon, So., OL,...All seven Broncos being named honorable mention earned the first all-conference recognition of their respective careers. On the offensive line, Cleveland is the only Bronco to start all 12 games this season, while Molchon has made 11 starts while appearing in all 12 games. The pair, first-time starters this season, has contributed to Mattison's 1,000-yard season, as well as to clearing the way for an offense that ranks second in the Mountain West with 33.3 points per game. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (DE) - Durrant Miles, Sr, 6-4, 266
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Durrant Miles, Jr., DL,...Miles, on the front line with Weaver, Frazier, and Moa, leads the group with 33 tackles (14 solo), which includes 2.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles-for-loss, a figure that ranks third on the team. He has also been a factor in the takeaway game, making an interception this year in addition to forcing a pair of fumbles. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (ILB) - Tyson Maeva, Jr, 5-11, 228
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Tyson Maeva, So, LB,...On defense, Maeva, Miles and Pierce have all been significant contributors to Boise State's 24th-ranked defense, and the 19th-ranked run defense. Maeva, who like Nawahine finished his 2016 freshman campaign in the starting lineup, ranks fourth on the team with 71 tackles (36 solo), in addition to a sack, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and three pass breakups. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (RB) - *Alexander Mattison, Jr, 5-11, 219
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Alexander Mattison, So., RB,...Mattison has confidently picked up the mantle of Boise State's No. 1 back, standing at 1,024 rushing yards heading into Saturday's title game. The San Bernardino, Calif., native has run for 11 touchdowns this season and produced four 100-yard games, including a career day of 242 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and a Boise State single-game record of 286 yards from scrimmage (242 rushing, 44 receiving), in Nov. 11's 59-52 overtime win at Colorado State. He has also made an impact in the receiving game, making 26 catches for 279 yards and a score this season. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (K) - Haden Hoggarth, rSr, 6-0, 190
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Haden Hoggarth, Jr., PK,...Hoggarth, in his debut season at Boise State, becomes the third Bronco kicker, along with Tyler Rausa (first team, 2015) and Dan Goodale (honorable mention, 2013-14) to earn All-Mountain West recognition over the past five seasons. Joining the team in the spring, and earning the No. 1 kicker job in fall camp, Hoggarth has been a reliable part of the Bronco offense, hitting 16-of-19 field goals and a perfect 50-of-50 PAT attempts through 12 games. The transfer from Bethune Cookman ranks 22nd in the country and second in the Mountain West with a 84.2 field-goal percentage, while his 98 points this season have him ranked second among Mountain West kickers and fourth overall in the conference. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (OT) - Ezra Cleveland, rSo, 6-5, 310
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Ezra Cleveland, Fr., OL,...All seven Broncos being named honorable mention earned the first all-conference recognition of their respective careers. On the offensive line, Cleveland is the only Bronco to start all 12 games this season, while Molchon has made 11 starts while appearing in all 12 games. The pair, first-time starters this season, has contributed to Mattison's 1,000-yard season, as well as to clearing the way for an offense that ranks second in the Mountain West with 33.3 points per game. - Boise State Football

12/03/17 - (FS) - Kekoa Nawahine, Jr, 6-1, 205
2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Kekoa Nawahine So. Boise State,...The defense's third second-team selection, Nawahine, has built off of the promise of the strong finish to his freshman season in 2016. Nawahine, with 90 tackles (57 solo), could hit the century mark with two games remaining, and if so, would team with Vander Esch to become the first pair of Broncos to each hit the 100-tackle mark in a season since 2005. Nawahine, a Meridian native, has also been a force in the defense' ball-hawking ways this season, leading the Broncos with three interceptions while also picking up a fumble. - Boise State Football

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