McNichols, Rypien On Maxwell Award List
July 5, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State landed quarterback Brett Rypien and running back Jeremy McNichols to the preseason watch list of the 80th annual Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday.

The list includes 90 players from around the country, with Rypien and McNichols making Boise State one of 23 schools in the country to have at least two selections. The Broncos are also the only Mountain West program with more than one player on the list for the collegiate player of the year award.

Rypien is coming off of a debut 2015 season in which he was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year and to the all-conference first team after leading the loop in passing yards (3,353), total offense (3,276 yards), completions (273) and attempts (429). Rypien, who made his collegiate debut in Week 3 (Sept. 18) against Idaho State, started Boise State’s final 10 games of 2015 and threw 20 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 63.6, both marks good for second in the Mountain West.

The Bronco signal-caller set the Boise State and Mountain West freshman records with 469 passing yards at UNLV on Oct. 31, and two weeks later bettered that with 506 passing yards while setting the school single-game records for completions (41) and attempts (75). Rypien went on to be named the Poinsettia Bowl Offensive MVP after throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns in Boise State’s 55-7 victory over Northern Illinois.

McNichols, entering his junior season in 2016, burst onto the national scene in 2015, his first season as the Broncos’ featured back. The Long Beach, Calif., native started 12 games and led the Mountain West in scoring (156 points), touchdowns (26) and rushing touchdowns (20), ranking tied for second in the nation in the first two categories and tied for sixth in the latter.

McNichols rushed for 1,337 yards (fourth in the Mountain West) and led all conference backs with 51 receptions (ninth overall in the conference) that went for 460 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked second in the Mountain West with 1,886 all-purpose yards and was selected to the All-Mountain West Second Team.

He posted seven 100-yard rushing performances in 2015, and established the Mountain West record with his 10th-consecutive game with a rushing touchdown Nov. 20 against Air Force. With a rushing touchdown in all 12 games in 2015, McNichols enters the 2016 season with his record still active.

Boise State opens the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 3 at Louisiana. The Broncos’ home opener is the following Saturday, Sept. 10, against Washington State.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 31, 2016, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 21, 2016. The winners of the 2016 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 8, 2016. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel Casino Atlantic City on March 10, 2017.

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