Jake Constantine may very well be the answer as Brett Rypien’s backup quarterback for Boise State this year, but that position demands depth. With Rathen Ricedorff gone, enter Montell Cozart, a graduate transfer from the University of Kansas. Cozart appeared in 27 games and started 18 over four years for the Jayhawks. He was the starter as a sophomore and into his junior year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Cozart was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, and that’s coming in handy now. He’s entering a different world in the category of tradition. It is noted that KU went 8-40 during his time in Lawrence. Over the same four seasons, the Broncos have gone 39-14.
What did we hear about Ricedorff when he first committed to Boise State in December? He told Bob Behler in a KTIK interview that Bronco coaches “talked about putting in different packages for me, just being a mobile quarterback.” That seems to describe a possible role for the 6-2, 200-pound Cozart. While passing for 2,755 career yards and 14 touchdowns against 19 interceptions for Kansas, he rushed for 481 yards and two TDs. Turns out “special packages” may not have been in Ricedorff’s immediate future. He was only plugged into two possessions in the Broncos’ Blue & Orange Game last month—the final two.
Rypien’s starting job is not in danger upon the arrival of Cozart—and maybe not even Constantine’s current backup spot. After starting seven games for Kansas last season, Cozart lost the spot past the midway point of the campaign and never got it back. At Boise State, Constantine impressed this spring as a pocket passer. But Cozart can bring something to the table with Ricedorff’s skill set. Cozart was one of the best players in the Kansas City metro area in high school, earning first-team All-Kansas honors at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park.
First it was bad judgment—now there’s bad luck in Doug Martin’s life. In the midst of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the Tampa Bay running back found himself with cuts and bruises yesterday after a car accident that wasn’t his fault. Martin’s car was hit by another that ran a stop sign, forcing the former Boise State star’s BMW off the road and into a collision with an outdoor air conditioning unit. Martin was treated on the scene and did not have to go to the hospital.
As Boise State waits to fill its final open men’s basketball scholarship, Mountain West champion Nevada has completed its 2017 recruiting class with yet another transfer. Jazz Johnson, who averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 41.5 percent from three-point land this past season for the University of Portland, joins Rice’s Marquez Letcher-Ellis, Omaha’s Tre’Shawn Thurman and Bryant’s Nisré Zouzoua as new Eric Musselman recruits. Since Musselman took over the Wolf Pack program a little more than two years ago, 14 of the 19 commitments he has received have been transfers. Seems to work for him.
When baseball returns to Boise State, at some point a former Bronco will make the majors. It may be 10 years from now—it may be 20. But when it happens, hopefully Bronco Nation will have as much fun as Fresno State fans are having watching Aaron Judge. The former Bulldog is a big league rookie sensation with the Yankees, using his imposing 6-7, 282 pound-frame to slug 13 home runs so far this season, the youngest player in Major League history to hit that many in the first 26 games of the year (they’ve actually come in the last 20 games).
And to think Judge, big as he is, played centerfield at Fresno State. A Yankees TV network stat man tweeted: “Most HRs by a Yankee in the first 26 games of a season. A-Rod 14 2007, Judge 13 2017, Ruth 12 1921, Mantle 12 1956 – the other 3 hit 50+.” Judge will get plenty of attention this weekend, as the Yanks are at Wrigley Field for a three-game series against the Cubs.
Speaking of college baseball, College of Idaho needs to win this weekend to continue its season. The Coyotes are in Vancouver, B.C., for the NAIA West Grouping North Division Championships. The Yotes, who go in with a 21-28 record, will be on the field later this morning against Oregon Tech and again this afternoon versus host British Columbia. The winner of the tournament earns one of two automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships from the NAIA West Grouping.
Boise State freshman Brian Humphreys knows his postseason assignment now. Humphreys, who won the Mountain West individual championship two weeks ago and was named conference Freshman of the Year, will play in the NCAA Regional at Stanford May 15-17. Humphreys will be the first Bronco to compete at an NCAA Regional since T.K. Kim in 2013. And sophomore standout runner Sadi Henderson will represent Boise State tonight in the prestigious Oregon Twilight in Eugene. Hayward will compete in the 800-meter premiere race at historic Hayward Field.
This Day In Sports…May 5, 1987, 30 years ago today:
The Basketball Hall Of Fame inducts three of the NBA’s most exciting players ever. Entering the Hall were former scoring champions Rick Barry and Pistol Pete Maravich—who averaged, respectively, a league-best 35.6 points for the San Francisco Warriors in 1967 and a league-best 31.1 points for the New Orleans Jazz in 1977—and guard Walt Frazier, who excelled on defense as well as offense for the New York Knicks.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)