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Dual QB System at Boise State? Here are the potential benefits

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The long awaited season premiere of Boise State Football made it’s showing last Saturday. The Broncos took down Troy by the score of 24-13.

But let’s be honest, this was not one of Boise State’s prettiest games. There were fumbles, there was an interception returned for a touchdown, and there were a few more punts than Bronco fans are used too. None the less, Boise emerged victoriously.

The route to victory came a little different this time around. Rather than stick with the starting QB, Brett Rypien, coach Harsin decided that a mix would probably be the better solution.

Enter Montell Cozart.




As it turns out, it worked a little better than probably expected. While Rypien amassed more overall yards than Cozart, it would be Cozart who locked up the victory for the Broncos.

This unusual, at least for Boise, use of two quarterbacks is already raising questions and drumming up some good ole’ fashioned QB controversy in the process.

Assuming Harsin decides to stick with this strategy of a dual quarterback system, what are some of the benefits? Let’s check the two most obvious benefits.




Keep the defense guessing

The most glaring benefit is that using a dual quarterback system would undoubtedly keep defenses guessing and on their toes. While Rypien has the strength in arm and accuracy, Cozart is clearly more mobile than his starting counterpart.

Cozart has 514 career rushing yards where as Rypien, following in the shoes of the great Kellen Moore has yet to have a season with positive rushing yards. In fact, Rypien currently sits at -112 rushing yards.

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However, Rypien is the superior passer when the two are compared. Rypien currently sits at 7,159 career passing yards with a majority of that coming in two years. Cozart currently has 2,805 yards over 5 years.

By throwing both quarterbacks at a defense, there is a potential to throw them off or force them to make last minute adjustments to their line-ups and game plans.

What you settle on for Rypien may not be very effective for Cozart, and what you settle on for Cozart may not be very effective for Rypien.

Especially if you line up Cozart in the backfield with Mattison. Cozart has the ability to really throw off defenses since they will have to throw a more balanced package on the field in order to adequately defend against him. Rypien is a little more predictable, but just as dangerous when he on fire.




Keeps the Offense Fresh

Another added benefit of a dual quarterback system is that it could help keep the Bronco offense fresh.

Rather than wearing down one quarterback throughout the course of a game, you have the potential to split playing time between the two. You can limit injuries, allow for more rest between series, and even help develop deeper WR/QB connections.

With a combination like Rypien and Cozart, you can also help take pressure off the running game.

This can also throw defenses through a loop, especially if you line up Cozart in the backfield with Mattison. Cozart has the ability to really throw off defenses since they will have to throw a more balanced package on the field in order to adequately defend against him.

Rypien is a little more predictable, but just as dangerous when he on fire.

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About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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