LAS VEGAS - Mountain West coaches and players know they will have their hands full this season, defending against Boise State phenom quarterback Brett Rypien.
The sophomore was one of three Boise State players named to the Preseason All-MW team during this week's Mountain West Media Days in Las Vegas.
In 2015, Rypien became the first true freshman quarterback in conference history to pass for over 3,000 yards. Coaches and players from across the conference say they expect him to take the next step this fall.
"Unbelievable," New Mexico coach Bob Davie said of Rypien. "I think he has an unlimited, no ceiling kind of future. As far as leadership, the way he handles himself, he's a star."
Like Davie, Colorado State coach Mike Bobo also predicted a bright future for the young quarterback.
"I heard he's a book worm, I heard he's dedicated to making himself better every single day," Bobo said. "You know he's going to play at another high level."
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said Rypien is "an absolute superstar," pointing to the true freshman's impressive play in his first start at Virginia last season.
Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard said he can't wait to play the Boise State signal caller again.
"He was just so efficient," Wingard said of his first experience playing Rypien. "He didn't seem like a freshman, he was a really good game manager. You know, he was kind of Peyton Manning-esque. I think he's the best QB in the conference going forward, so I'm looking forward to playing him."
The Broncos will open the season on Sept. 3 in Lafayette, Louisiana against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. The first first home game will be highly anticipated matchup against Washington State on Sept. 10.