Brett Rypien has undergone his performance review after the rout of Virginia. Brett Rypien has undergone his performance review after the rout of Virginia in his first college start. I think Boise State’s going to keep him around awhile. Coach Bryan Harsin liked not just Rypien’s decision-making, but his ability to see things he had prepared for in practice. “We had talked about, ‘if they do this, we need to take advantage of it,’” said Harsin. The Cavaliers did, and Rypien, recognizing it, cashed in with his final touchdown throw, the 64-yard bomb to Thomas Sperbeck. Earlier, Rypien picked up on another Virginia alignment the Broncos had schooled him on, and that turned into his first career TD pass to Jeremy McNichols. The offense was far from shackled. One of Rypien’s incompletions was telling. On a second-and-one from the Boise State 29, the Broncos took a shot downfield to Sperbeck near the end of the first quarter.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, who was injured in the second quarter at Virginia, is out for an undetermined amount of time with a broken bone in his ankle. He was scheduled for surgery last night. “I don’t know the time frame,” said Harsin. Sumner-Gardner had started all four games at safety and had played well. It was next man up last Friday, and at DSG’s spot that was Kam Miles, the fellow sophomore and former high school teammate of Sumner-Gardner from Mesquite, TX, by way of Butler Community College.
Miles’ impact was felt in the third quarter in Charlottesville, when—in back-to-back drives—he forced a fumble and batted down a pass in the end zone. The latter came on a fourth down from the Boise State 38-yard line, and Miles alertly knocked the pass away instead of going for the interception (and what would have been a touchback). That gave the Broncos the ball back on the 38 instead of the 20. “Kam has continued to improve week to week,” said Harsin. “This is his opportunity that needs to show up.”
Ryan Finley is kind of the forgotten man among Boise State fans right now. It’s too bad it took this for the injured sophomore quarterback to be remembered. But yesterday was his long-delayed court appearance resulting from his minor in consumption and obstructing officers charges last April, and Finley pleaded guilty to both misdemeanors. Finley was given a withheld judgment and three months of unsupervised probation. He was also assessed fines totaling $790 and was given credit for 40 hours of completed community service.
I know Rypien was the sentimental favorite for Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week in Broncoland, but it was too hard for the conference to ignore San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin. He gets the award after breaking a 23-year-old school record with 300 yards rushing on a whopping 42 carries in the Spartans’ 49-23 romp over Fresno State Saturday night. Ervin also scored three touchdowns and had 45 receiving yards on four catches. The 300 rushing yards and 345 all-purpose yards are the most in the nation this season. I imagine the 46 touches were as well. Boise State probably could have had a Defensive Player of the Week, too, had the Broncos’ 75 tackles against the Cavaliers not been spread among a staggering 29 different players.
Last week when I saw Jimmy Fallon start his “Superlatives” bit, in which he reads yearbook-style, most-likely-to awards for various players in the upcoming Sunday Night Football matchup based on their profile photos, I had a feeling Matt Paradis would be parodied. He was. The former Boise State star and current Denver center, he of the myriad haircuts, was tabbed as “Most likely to be named Redneck Julius Caesar.” In the photo, Paradis had a kind of bowl cut and a goatee. “Et tu, Brute?” said Fallon in his worst Southern accent. On the field, Paradis and his young offensive line mates showed improvement in Sunday night’s 24-12 win at Detroit, as Payton Manning was sacked only once.
Jared Allen, the Buck Buchanan Award winner at Idaho State way back in 2003, is still in demand in the NFL. With Carolina’s defensive line depleted by injuries, the Panthers have traded a sixth-round draft pick to get the NFL’s active career sacks leader from the Chicago Bears. Carolina is on the hook for just $882,000 for Allen, according to NFL.com. The Bears had already paid Allen’s $11.5 million roster bonus this year, and his base salary entering the 2015 season was only $1 million.
And just like that, Boise State officially starts men’s basketball practice for the 2015-16 season this Friday. The Broncos have been waiting on a resolution in the Robin Jorch signing, but they announced yesterday that the 6-10 German forward is a full participant in the Boise State program for now. The NCAA is reviewing his file, as there are some questions surrounding his immediate eligibility. The issue is how long he went between finishing high school and joining the Broncos. It appears to be similar to the Edmunds Dukulis situation a couple of years ago. Dukulis, a forward from Latvia who now plays for St. Leo University, was forced to sit out and lost a year of eligibility while establishing a year in residency. BSU is hoping Jorch’s outcome is different, though.
The Broncos have also added three walk-ons, one of them a former Borah High standout. Cody Spjute was part of the Lions’ 5A state championship teams in 2012 and 2013 before going on a two-year LDS mission. Collin Landry comes to Boise State from Jesuit High in Portland, the same school as former Bronco Jeff Elorriaga. And James Reid, a previously revealed addition, is a transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock.
Boise State men’s tennis coach Greg Patton has now lost both of the Shields brothers—two of his prize pupils as players and righthand men on the Bronco staff. But he’s a proud papa. Clancy Shields took over the Utah State program two years ago. Now Luke Shields has been named head coach at Fresno State. Patton’s impassioned salute to Luke: “Fresno State tennis has gained a gem of a man and coach in Luke Shields. Our men’s team was so blessed to have this All-American player as one of the greatest in our program, and for the past two years he gave his heart and soul to our program as our associate head coach. Two former Broncos are now coaching in Mountain West: Luke at Fresno State and Clancy at Utah State. Watch out for the Mountain West Conference.”
As a former Boise Hawk, he’s flown under the radar this season (at least in this column—I haven’t talked about him several months). But what a year Justin Bour has had for the Miami Marlins. Bour recorded the first multi-homer game of his career as the Marlins finished a sweep of the Braves with a 9-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. Bour is fourth in club history among rookies with 23 homers this season in 123 games, passing Miami star Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday. Among NL rookies, he’s third behind fellow former Hawk Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Joc Pederson of the Dodgers. Bour was acquired from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft in 2013 for all of $12,500.
This Day In Sports…September 29, 1990, 25 years ago today:
Boise State faces a coaching legend in a game at Long Beach State. George Allen had come out of retirement to coach Long Beach—and would pass away early the next year. Allen gained fame as an NFL mastermind, winning 119 games with the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, reaching Super Bowl VII with the latter. By the way, BSU dominated the game but lost to Long Beach State on the scoreboard, 21-20.
(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.)