Ryan Finley will be the first quarterback the Washington Huskies face this season.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin announced Sunday morning that Finley, a third-year sophomore who appeared in four games last season, will start at quarterback for the Broncos when they begin the season Sept. 4 against the Huskies in Boise.
Finley, of course, has been the presumed replacement for Grant Hedrick since last season ended -- he took all of the reps with Boise State’s No. 1 offense in the team’s most recent scrimmage -- so the announcement is more of a formality than anything.
Finley played sparingly behind Hedrick last season, completing 12 of 27 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns and an interception -- and all but two of those pass attempts came in Boise State’s 28-14 loss at Air Force. (He was also arrested in April and charged with a pair of misdemeanors.)
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--- In other news not directly related to UW but certainly of interest to Husky fans: USC coach Steve Sarkisian had to apologize on Sunday morning after reportedly behaving poorly at USC’s “Salute to Troy” fan/booster event on Saturday night. Sarkisian was apparently inebriated, used foul language and made disparaging remarks about several Pac-12 opponents.
His apology: "I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night. I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again."
--- Ohio State was a unanimous selection as the AP top 25 preseason No. 1. Six Pac-12 teams are included -- No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 USC, No. 13 UCLA, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 21 Stanford and No. 22 Arizona.
Also, a quick note that I won’t be at UW’s media availability this afternoon, because I’m filling in at the Mariners game today.
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