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Boise State senior QB Brett Rypien accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Rypien (6'2/202) won't be heading to the Senior Bowl ala Will Grier or Drew Lock, but will have a fine stage of his own on which to start building his draft case in earnest. The Boise State signal-caller has a beautiful touch on his throws and is a sharp prospect on the pure mechanical level, though he lacks true arm strength. The Draft Network's Benjamin Solak also notes in the negative that Rypien "[p]anics under pressure and often makes ill-advised 'hope' throws when under duress" before adding that he is "not an escape artist." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hits him up with a sixth-round grade as we head into the winter.
Dec 6 - 4:38 PM

Boise State redshirt sophomore LB Desmond Williams will transfer.

Williams (5'11/203) took to Twitter to announce his transfer. Appearing in 27 games to date -- with four starts this season -- the redshirt sophomore registered 28 tackles (5.0 for loss), a sack and two forced fumbles over the course of the 2018 campaign. Unless he drops down from the FBS, Williams will be required to sit out the 2019 season with his future team in order to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Dec 5 - 2:37 PM

Boise State freshman WR Khalil Shakir (undisclosed) is expected to be able to play in the First Responders Bowl against Boston College.

Shakir missed the last two games because of the undisclosed injury, but it sounds like he'll get enough time to be able to go against the Eagles on December 27.
Dec 3 - 12:22 PM

Boise State sophomore WR Octavius Evans (undisclosed) is likely out for the First Responders Bowl against Boston College.

Evans hasn't played since Week 5. He was considered a potential breakout player for the Broncos in 2018, but this has been a lost year. Expect more production from him -- assuming good health -- in 2019.
Dec 3 - 11:21 AM

Boise State redshirt senior WR Sean Modster posted four receptions for a team-high 45 yards and a touchdown in the 19-16 overtime loss against Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game on Saturday.

The snowy and bone-chilling cold conditions meant that the offenses on both sides used more of a ground-based attack, but Modster certainly made his presence felt in the pass game. He has registered six touchdowns over the past seven contests. Modster has managed 68 grabs for 978 yards and eight scores in 12 outings this season. He'll look to cap off his season in grand style in the team's bowl game later this month.
Dec 2 - 12:12 AM

Boise State junior RB Alexander Mattison (head) ran 40 times for 200 yards and a touchdown in a 19-16 overtime loss against Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game on Saturday.

The Fresno State defense was teeing off on Mattison with big hits, and the running back appeared to bang his head on the turf near the end of regulation. He appeared to be shaken up and even a bit wobbly, but the back wasn't listening to trainers on the sideline and fought to return to the game in overtime. Even Brian Griese commented on the telecast that "(Head coach) Bryan Harsin needs to take control of this situation." This might not be the last we hear about Mattison and how the Boise staff handled the situation.
Dec 2 - 12:08 AM

Boise State senior QB Brett Rypien completed 15-of-31 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in a 19-16 overtime loss against Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference Championship game.

Rypien and his teammates came up just short against the Bulldogs, but they're still going bowling. The Broncos will likely be bucking their way to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Bowl against a Conference USA opponent, as Fresno punched its ticket for the Las Vegas Bowl with the win. Rypien will be looking to go out in style and start ramping up for the NFL, with several scouts likely paying close mind.
Dec 1 - 11:56 PM

Boise State sophomore WR Octavius Evans (undisclosed) missed the Mountain West Conference Championship Game against Fresno State on Saturday due to his undisclosed injury.

Evans has been sidelined for five consecutive contests due to his undisclosed ailment. It's uncertain if he is even a consideration for the team's bowl game, but he has had a lot of difficulty staying on the field and it's been a bit of a lost season after entering the campaign with a bit of hype. Perhaps 2019 will be a much different story.
Dec 1 - 11:28 PM

Boise State freshman WR Khalil Shakir (undisclosed) did not suit up for the Mountain West Conference Championship Game against Fresno State on Saturday.

Shakir has missed several games due to an undisclosed injury, and it was unlikely the team would risk him aggravating his ailment with snowy and cold conditions in Boise on Saturday night. He'll have a couple more weeks to regroup and potentially return in the bowl game.
Dec 1 - 11:22 PM

Boise State junior RB Alexander Mattison rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries in Saturday's 33-24 win over Utah State.

What a performance, and every single yard was needed for the win over No. 21 Utah State. Mattison had multiple highlight runs -- he was hurdling everyone tonight -- but his 59-yard run that resulted in one-yard TD plunge was the play of the game. That final touchdown to put the game away also put him over 200 yards for the second time of his career. Mattison and quarterback Brett Rypien will be Boise State's offense against Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game.
Nov 25 - 2:38 AM

Boise State senior QB Brett Rypien completed 23-of-32 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 33-24 win over Utah State.

Rypien (6'2/202) now has 21 300-yard passing games in his career, which is a new Mountain West record, but this was a huge team win to get to the Mountain West Championship Game highlighted by running back Alexander Mattison's 37-carry, 200-yard and three-touchdown performance. For Rypien, it's another solid effort ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, and this one was against a quality Utah State defense. On the season, the senior quarterback has 29 passing touchdowns and only seven interceptions with a solid 8.6 yards per attempt average. NFL scouts will be watching him against Fresno State and in Boise State's bowl game.
Nov 25 - 2:31 AM

Boise State freshman Khalil Shakir (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Utah State.

Shakir did not play in Boise State's November 16 win over New Mexico either, with no reason being given for his absence. The freshman wideout, who caught his first career touchdown pass in a Nov. 9 win over Fresno State, has caught 16 passes for 170 yards and one score this season. The Broncos will be down two receivers for Saturday's game, as junior John Hightower (ankle) is also out.
Nov 24 - 10:02 PM

Boise State junior WR John Hightower (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Utah State.

Hightower will miss a third consecutive game due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered during Boise State's November 3 win over BYU. The junior wideout has caught 30 passes for 496 yards and six touchdowns this season, so his absence will have an impact on the wide receiver rotation. Boise State will be down two wide receivers for Saturday's pivotal matchup with Utah State, as Khalil Shakir is also out.
Nov 24 - 9:59 PM

Boise State sophomore WR Octavius Evans (undisclosed) took part in practice on Tuesday.

Evans entered the season with a fair bit of hype, but it's been a nightmare year on the injury front. He has missed each of Boise State's last four contests due to an undisclosed issue, this after being banged up early in the season to boot. Even if he does play against Utah State on Saturday, we wouldn't expect huge numbers. He just hasn't had enough time to fully integrate into the offense.
Nov 20 - 8:17 PM

The Draft Network's Benjamin Solak believes there's a path for Boise State senior QB Brett Rypien to become the first quarterback taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.

There are some things that have to go right, but all of these things are possible. Solak cautions first that Rypien isn't there yet, and he has Justin Herbert, Will Grier and Dwayne Haskins ahead of him. Herbert could be headed back to school, and there's no word yet if Haskins will enter. Rypien also will need an invite to the Senior Bowl -- which seems likely -- and he'll have to "crush" -- as Solak puts it -- the interview and combine. If that happens, it's certainly possible that Rypien could be the first quarterback taken -- assuming teams sour on Grier and Drew Lock, of course.
Nov 19 - 8:39 PM


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