Quarterback - The battle to see who replaces Jared Zabransky will be followed closely, not only in Boise, but around the country as well. Zabransky left Boise State as one of the most successful quarterbacks in NCAA history, compiling a three-year record of 33-5 as a starterincluding an undefeated season as a senior and an undefeated regular season as a sophomore.
Candidates are plentiful in Boise to assume the controls of one of the nation’s most explosive and successful offenses. From an experienced senior backup who has seen action in a few big games in his career, to a junior and sophomore with pedigree that connects to the NFL, to a redshirt freshman with skills that seem to match any quarterback in school history.
Competition should be heated with no clear-cut favorite. Senior Taylor Tharp (6-2, 206) has the game experience and knowledge of the offense to make him one of the favorites.
The Boulder, Colo. native backed up Zabransky the last two seasons completing 32-of-50 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore he saw action at critical times in games at Georgia and against Idaho and Boston College, completing 21-of-37 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown. Against Idaho, he took over in a tight game and helped rally Boise State to a blowout 70-35 win.
Junior Bush Hamdan (6-1, 191) is the second candidate for the job. The Gaithersburg, Md., product has spent the last two seasons as the Broncos third string quarterback. Hamdan, who’s brother has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, has completed 4-of-10 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown the last two seasons.
Competing with Hamdan and Tharp for the starting spot coming out of summer workouts is redshirt freshman Mike Coughlin (6-5, 218). He played well in the spring and has impressed with his pocket presence and strong arm. He spent his freshman season running the Broncos’ scout team and will look to learn the Bronco offense in a hurry to make a run for the starting job.
Sophomore Nick Lomax (6-6, 224), son of former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax will also be in the mix. He spent his freshman season as the fourth string quarterback trying to learn the Broncos offense.
True freshman Kellen Moore (6-1, 180) will redshirt.