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HCA: Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien talks about playing in Pullman

Rypien heads to the city where his uncle ruled the field.

NCAA Football: Troy at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Rypien was close to following in his uncle’s footsteps. Then, he decided to forge his own path in Boise.

The younger Rypien grew up watching the Washington State Cougars and driving down from Spokane to watch the team for which Mark Rypien played. Brett says that he got into football by watching his uncle’s game tapes, and whatever he saw worked. Brett went to Shadle Park and rewrote the record book, including new state records for career passing yards (13,044 yards) and career touchdowns (134).

When it came time to pick a college, Rypien considered Washington State, but eventually chose to head to the Smurf Turf and the Boise State Broncos. Before last year’s game he was quoted as saying he “wanted to try something different.”

Washington State University and Martin Stadium are still special places for Brett Rypien and he talked about his return to the Palouse on Tuesday when he met with the Boise media. Our fellow SB Nation brothers over at One Bronco Nation Under God bring us the video on their YouTube Page.

There are a couple WSU bites sprinkled in before, but the bulk of the WSU stuff comes in at 6:42 when Rypien talks about the Cougar defense before taking a trip down memory lane. He recalls his favorite Apple Cup (which was the 2012 OT game), what he admires about Coach Leach and the atmosphere he expects this Saturday. “Hopefully an Apple Cup atmosphere,” Rypien says. “Loud. Exciting.”

The Cougs are looking to put a stop to this “local star comes home” storyline on Saturday night, but Rypien may not be the only quarterback we see come game time. In week one, he split time with Kansas transfer Montell Cozart. Despite what Bronco coaches say, there appears to be a quarterback controversy. We’ll find out this weekend.


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