Harsin: Boise State "A Special Place"

Bryan Harsin didn't need to be convinced to become Boise State's head coach. "It was a no-brainer," he said

The DA Show
October 05, 2018 - 12:27 pm

As a Boise native and former Boise State quarterback, Bryan Harsin’s dream job was, well, Boise State head coach. So when that opportunity arose in December 2013, he jumped at it.

“It’s a special place,” Harsin said on The DA Show. “You can come in here and get great people, you have a culture of winning, and you’ve got a special fan base and a special place to play. The blue means something to us. When this opportunity did come up, it was a no-brainer. It was something we had hoped would happen. This culture and this place is special.”

Harsin, who replaced his mentor, Chris Petersen, has achieved great things in Boise. He’s won double-digit games in three of his first four seasons, including last year’s 11-3 finish, and is 3-1 in 2018. The Broncos’ only loss came at Oklahoma State on Sept. 15.

Senior quarterback Brett Rypien has provided tremendous leadership for the Broncos. He’s completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 1,389 yards, 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“He’s so intentional about everything he does,” Harsin said. “Everything he does has purpose. He’s always been locked in since really last spring – and that’s been impressive. I think that maturity, the years of starting, the things he’s learned – he’s just at a different level as a practice player. He’s at a different level when he goes out there and he plays that way.”

Rypien has thrown for at least 300 yards in all four games this season, three of which were on the road. He was 39-of-56 for 380 yards and three touchdowns at Oklahoma State and 28-of-42 for 342 yards and two touchdowns at Wyoming.

“Everything that you’re seeing right now in games, he does it every single day in practice – and that’s really hard to do,” Harsin said. ‘I think other guys are following that, especially on the offensive side – the wide receivers, in particular, because they’re around him the most. They’re seeing how he works, and they’re trying to work that. I think that connection between the two has been really good. 

“Now if we can get that with the entire team, we’ll be moving in the right direction,” Harsin continued. “There’s been guys on our team – and there’s guys on our team right now – that are doing those things. But really when I watch him, it’s impressive. He coaches himself up. It’s really a pleasure to be around to watch hm work every single day, and I’m very proud of him. I’m ecstatic that he’s on our team and he’s doing the things he’s doing. But everything he goes out there and does, he earns it. That’s what makes you proud. We want to see him continue to do those things and support him that way.” 

Boise State hosts San Diego State (3-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.