A revision might be in order on the list of college football’s most accurate quarterbacks at NFL.com. About a week and a half ago, NFL.com’s College Football 24/7 section tabbed Boise State’s Brett Rypien No. 15 on its “16 For ‘16” list of the nation’s most accurate quarterbacks. A revision might be in order after a Bryan Harsin tweet. Sunday morning at the Broncos’ Elite Football Camp, Rypien threw a football all the way across the blue turf and through a basketball hoop on the other side on the fly—about 50 yards. Predictably, it went viral. The headline at NFL.com: “Boise State QB shows Steph Curry-type range with trick shot.” The video was not edited. I have a witness. My nephew Clayton Washburn, an attendee at the camp, was standing right there (with his jaw dropping).
Boise State’s Elite camp usually produces a few commitments. The camp wrapped up Sunday, and before it was over the Broncos had received a verbal from linebacker Breydon Boyd of Katy, TX. According to Scout.com, Boyd is the No. 4 inside ‘backer prospect in the state of Texas and No. 22 in the country. The 6-4, 215-pounder is said to be an “excellent downhill player who thrives against the run.” I like this part of Scout.com’s analysis: “Great height and length suggest that he possesses high frame potential with ample space to add good bulk.” Translation: “Hello, Boise State strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman.”
The weekend began with another Mike Young committing to Boise State. Hopefully this one will be known as “Michael Young, the JC transfer safety” so as not to be confused with Mike Young, the 6-6, 330-pound high school offensive tackle who committed almost three weeks ago. Michael the safety is a 2017 signee from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. The Statesman’s Dave Southorn detailed Young’s sometimes tumultuous childhood. The story is a keeper.
As I looked over the linebackers list in the voting for Boise State’s 30-Year All-Blue Team, I noticed one other candidate I wanted to mention. Kareem Williams is forgotten by some, but he was part of the launching pad to the Broncos’ Golden Era. It’s hard to resist playmakers when you remember the old days, and Williams filled that bill in 1999. How about these two plays? He had a pick-six against Idaho at Martin Stadium in Pullman in the last game of the regular season. That broke the game open in what ended up a 45-14 Boise State victory, giving the Broncos their first championship of the Division I-A era. Then in the Humanitarian Bowl, Williams intercepted Louisville star Chris Redman during the Cardinals’ last-gasp drive in the waning moments, preserving BSU’s 34-31 triumph and its first bowl win.
It’s the home stretch of James Webb III’s quest to be drafted into the NBA—the big night is nine days away. He has certainly made the rounds. Boise State coach Leon Rice told me one of Webb’s most recent auditions was with the Chicago Bulls late last week. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, a friend of Rice’s, gave Webb good reviews. The former Bronco star still isn’t projected to go in either two rounds of the draft, though. The L.A. Lakers are interested in Webb, but the second of their two picks in the draft comes at No. 32—at the beginning of the second round. If the Lakers like him after his workout, the best he can hope for at the outset is a spot on their summer league squad, after which he could get an invitation to training camp. That’s the case with most NBA teams.
The Boise Hawks open the 2016 season this Friday night at Eugene, and—believe it or not—it’s the dawn of the Hawks’ 30th season. Since the team’s humble beginnings at Borah High’s Wigle Field in 1987, it has won 11 division titles and six Northwest League championships (none since 2004). The Hawks were just 30-46 last season, their first as a Colorado Rockies affiliate, but 19 of their previous 29 seasons have been winning ones. The Hawks’ all-time record is 1,173-1,028.
With a day off behind me, here’s a massive weekend wrap. Troy Merritt’s week finished the way it started—only worse. The Meridian pro imploded over the final six holes Thursday in the opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Then Merritt made the cut while shooting 69-70 over the second and third rounds. He was even going into the final four holes Sunday; then came a triple-bogey, par, double-bogey and bogey. Merritt lost six strokes in that devastating stretch and finished with a 76, tying for 68th place.
Brian Scott started in the No. 26 spot but finished 36th in the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. The Boise High grad completed only 154 of 200 laps after being sidetracked by an accident. Scott was involved in a wreck with Danica Patrick and Casey Mears on lap No. 155, sending him packing. With that result, Scott drops one spot to No. 30 in 2016 Sprint Cup Series drivers standings.
I don’t know if Brenna Peloquin and Allie Ostrander have any kind of friendly rivalry going between them, but I do know it’s going to be fun to watch them over the next several years. While Ostrander was away with a presumed redshirt year for the outdoor season, fellow true freshman Peloquin grabbed two first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Peloquin finished eighth in the 5,000-meters Saturday, the top result by a freshman in the event, after doing the same in the 10,000-meters last Thursday. It was her third All-America honor overall, adding to the one she collected for finishing ninth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last November (Ostrander was runner-up in that meet).
This Day In Sports…June 14, 2010:
Trumping conventional wisdom in what had been the wildest week and a half in college sports history, Texas announces it is not moving to the Pac-10 after all, and the Big 12 is saved. Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State immediately followed suit, allowing the Big 12 to continue with 10 teams after the loss of Colorado to the Pac-10 and Nebraska to the Big Ten. Little did the Big 12 know that A&M and Missouri would ultimately bolt for the SEC. The downside for the Mountain West and newly-invited member Boise State was the resulting departure of Utah to the Pac-10, which would come two days later.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)