The feel of a basketball coming off your fingertips accompanied with the sweet sound and visual of a swish.
If you’re a shooter, sometimes all you need in breaking out of a slump is to see the ball go into the basket.
Players go through slumps in performance, their demeanor changes, and confidence can be shot. Luckily, it doesn’t always stay that way for someone who works on their craft everyday.
For many in Bronco Nation, 2017 has already been a disappointing football season. That obviously shows there are expectations for this team from the fan base, and in particular, high expectations for current Boise State QB Brett Rypien.
Many viewing the Boise State – BYU game heard ESPN commentators say something that shocked Bronco Nation in regards to a Boise State starting quarterback five games into the season.
“He is the only quarterback in the FBS that started his team’s opening game, that does not have a touchdown this year.”
A startling stat for a fan base that is so used to seeing a dominant offense for the past 15 years. Granted, Rypien has been banged up, playing only part of the Washington State game and sitting out against New Mexico. Still.
Late in the second quarter against BYU, Rypien finally connected with WR Sean Modster for his first touchdown of the season. The monkey is off his back.
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) October 7, 2017
You could tell Rypien got a jolt of confidence simply by seeing his receiver in the end zone as he made his way back to the sideline. Rypien was more engaged, celebrating with teammates, and perhaps more importantly, his body language was much more positive.
Maybe that’s all Rypien needed to get his season going. Just like a shooter can feed off of one shot going through the net, so can a quarterback with a throwing touchdown.
It came just in time, because that confidence will be needed against 18th-ranked San Diego State on Saturday.
Sometimes all it takes is just the visual of a swish.