Zabransky: Boise Doesn't Mind Playing Underdog Role

Boise State legend Jared Zabransky discussed the Broncos, who are nationally ranked for the 17th straight season

The DA Show
September 07, 2018 - 12:35 pm

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On Jan. 1, 2007, Boise State announced its presence on the national stage, stunning Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, 43-42, in overtime to cap a 13-0 season.

Twelve seasons later, Boise State remains a high-profile program. The Broncos (1-0), ranked No. 20 in this week’s AP Poll, host Connecticut (0-1) on Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET.

“We kind of had to elbow ourselves (into the national discussion),” Boise State legend Jared Zabransky said on The DA Show. “It was something that we consistently made sure that everybody knew: hey, no matter what you think, we are going to prove that we belong to be here. We’ve had our backs against the wall on several occasions. We don’t mind playing the underdog role. We thrive on it. That’s a continuation.”

Zabransky, of course, was quarterback of that 2006 Boise State squad and named Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP. He has enjoyed watching Boise State’s rise knowing that he and his former teammates played a pivotal role in it.

Even if so many others, including members of the media, didn’t see it coming.

“That motivation is what we always used – from media across the board and poster-board material that we would get from clippings from other publications,” Zabransky said. “Whoever wanted to bad-talk us and allow us to put that extra chip on our shoulder, we gravitated to grab that and utilize that as extra motivation.”

It worked. Boise State is nationally ranked for the 17th straight season. 

“During the length of the season and the grind of he season, there’s things and processes that you go through every day that can get mundane,” Zabransky said. “If you have something that you can grab and pull you and motivate you and use it, we did that so often. It’s whatever you can get that little edge in – and with. They continue to do a great job with that.”