Most of Bronco Nation knows the name Nick Patti. Last season, as a true freshman, Patti competed for the starting quarterback job at Boise State. However, Joe Southwick won that contest, and Patti completed a redshirt season in 2012.
Heck, even Kellen Moore took a redshirt.
Still, many fans were high on Patti, and for good reason. Nick Patti is a very good quarterback, and you have to believe he is going to be competing hard for the job once again in 2013.
Nick Patti will likely become the starting quarterback for the Broncos at some point, probably in 2014. But a new question then forms. Who will be his replacement when he leaves?
Enter Ryan Finley.
He is coming to Boise State with much less fanfare than Patti. Of course, that is to be expected because the vacuum that Kellen Moore left has somewhat dissipated. Fan expectations are now nearing reality, and it probably bodes well for Finley.
Still, Ryan Finley is a special player, and no one should overlook him.
According to his profile on BroncoSports.com, Finley was named by the Arizona Cardinals as the Arizona Player of the Year in 2012. He was also named by the Arizona Republic as a first-team all-state quarterback among all divisions.
Finley is extremely smart, he has a good arm and throws with tremendous accuracy. He is also mobile when he needs to be, and has a bit of similarity to a certain Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback now doing well in the NFL.
In his senior season, Finley ran 96 times for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 270 of 424 passes for 3,442 yards and 35 more scores according to BroncoSports.com.
Ryan Finley has a ton of potential, and it shouldn't be long before he is competing for the starting quarterback job for the Broncos. Look for him to take a redshirt year, but after that, he is probably going to make the 2014 quarterback competition very interesting.
If he develops, like it appears he can, the Boise State coaching staff will certainly have a quarterback they can build an offense around.