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Boise State football: Quarterback won’t be announced until fall camp

All four Broncos quarterbacks still in contention for starting job.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin is in no hurry to pick a starting quarterback for this coming season.

"When it's right," Harsin said in his press conference Tuesday. "That's the one thing. We want it right.

"It's hard when you have four guys that you're trying to rep in there," Harsin added. "It's difficult. We're going to have to cut those down a little bit, but not much, because the spring is about giving guys opportunities. Where they will start to separate is in the summer time."

Half way into spring ball all four scholarship quarterbacks are still getting reps with the number one offense and all four are expected to compete for the starting job into fall camp. The Broncos still have nine more practices, including the Spring Game coming up a week from Saturday on April 11.

Of the four quarterbacks redshirt sophomore Ryan Finley and true freshman Brett Rypien are the favorites to start under center. So far redshirt freshman Alex Ogle and redshirt sophomore Tommy Stuart are not being ruled out and are getting equal reps this spring. Finley, last year's backup, is the only one of the four who has played in a major college game.

Harsin says there is no sense of urgency to name a starter until summer.

"They've got their entire summer [to improve] and these guys will be different," he said. "They'll show up in fall camp and be different. We don't need to have a guy coming out [of spring]. Come fall camp, we don't want to be in this situation. We have to really separate ourselves and somebody will do that based off the summer and what they do in the fall."

Right now Harsin wants to let the quarterback competition play itself out and allow the best one to emerge as the clear leader.

"Really cutting it down to three, down to two and then trying to figure out that one and two combination in about 10 days before the game so you can get your No. 1 in there repping with the group."

He then explained about a final decision on a starter.

"We've kind of been in that 10-day window prior to the first game," Harsin said. "We may have made that decision prior but that's kind of when we get to the announcement and what we decide, because that's when you get more into scout work and more game planning of your first opponent and working on those things."

The Broncos host Washington in their season opener on September 4th.