Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin called a press conference this morning where he officially announced that sophomore Ryan Finley will be the starting quarterback when the season kicks off against Washington on September 4th.
This announcement doesn't come as a surprise as Finley has been the leading candidate since spring camp opened up.
Alongside Finley and offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz, Harsin told the media that he has been impressed with Finley's humility, leadership, and improvement over the course of the summer. This statement holds a lot of weight from a head coach that was forced to choose whether or not the quarterback should be suspended following an off-season arrest back in April.
Finley made a short statement saying:
"I'm thankful to coach Harsin for the opportunity. I'm just real excited to get the season going and excited for September 4th."
Once Finley was done making his statement, Harsin told the media that none of his quarterbacks will be available to speak with the media until after the season opener. He explained further that now that this announcement has been made, his quarterbacks need to shift their focus to school starting, as well as mentally preparing themselves for the season.
Regarding the depth chart for the quarterback position, Harsin stated he wouldn't make that information available. However, he did mention Brett Rypien first followed up by Thomas Stuart and Alex Ogle. This is another situation that Harsin will have some tough decisions to make. Rypien is a consensus four-star recruit out of Shadle Park High in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from high school early just to get to Boise State's campus early to learn the game. He has shown a steady improvement over the course of the summer and had a good showing in the fall scrimmage. Harsin must determine if Stuart or Ogle are capable enough to back Finley up while throwing a redshirt on Rypien.
Yesterday we took a poll asking you, the fans, who the starting quarterback should be. After an even 200 votes, these were the results:
It's always nice to see parallel sentiments between the fans and the head coach. We'll see how it plays out on the field in 12 days.