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Boise State will have a quarterback competition for 2016

The 2015 season isn't even over yet, but Boise State will have a different type of quarterback race for next year.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State still has a bowl game to play as they are taking on Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl, but there was a little bit of looking ahead at the quarterback position which will feature four scholarship signal callers this year.

Three of those four have seen significant playing time this year in Ryan Finley, Brett Rypien and Tomas Stuart' then there is Alex Ogle who recorded three yards rushing in the Hawaii game.

This will be a vastly different quarterback competition compared to last year when there was no clear front runner to replace Grant Hedrick. The competition went into fall camp and it was ultimately won by Finley but he broke his ankle and the freshman Rypien took over and looked very good.

Rypien has to be the favorite to be the starter, but head coach Brian Harsin wants to have a competition this spring for the quarterback position.

"We try to go back to square one and let everybody have an opportunity and go compete knowing that there's guys that have made plays," Harsin said via the Idaho Statesman. "We have to do that. Finley will be healthy by spring ball and we'll let those guys go back out there and compete."

Finley is eligible for a medical redshirt and if he receives that then Boise State will have three sophomore quarterbacks on the roster next year in Rypien, Finley and Ogle, plus Stuart who will be a junior.

A team can never have too many quarterbacks and that showed this year when Finley broke his ankle and Rypien stepped in admirably to lead the Broncos to an eight-win season. However, not everyone will be happy and there is a very realistic possibility that one or two of these quarterbacks may not be on the 2016 roster.