Boise State isn’t exactly a school that comes to mind immediately when thinking of places that have produced top-notch quarterback talent over recent years. However, current Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier has had some good moments on the blue turf, some big wins this season, and has made a difference within the team’s offense.
Bachmeier has made some progress as the numbers reflect after coming into this season 11-2 as a starter, beating out USC transfer quarterback Jack Sears for the starting gig back in the offseason. Bachmeier has 15 touchdown passes in eight games in 2021. He had 15 career touchdowns in 13 games the previous two seasons coming into this one. So far this year, Bachmeier has completed 182-of-280 of his passes (65%) for 2,204 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Through Week 9, Bachmeier ranks among the best of them in quarterback EPA (expected points added at 15th overall) at 52.21. That’s directly ahead of LSU quarterback Max Johnson and just behind Eastern Michigan passer Ben Bryant. Of course, this is a stat that you can take with a grain of salt in some regards, but it’s still impressive and puts him ahead of prospects like Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, who has certainly received much more hype and attention than Bachmeier has, and in-conference quarterback Jake Haener of Fresno State.
In his latest performance, a 28-19 win over Colorado State, Bachmeier was good for 21-of-32 passes (65.6%) for 253 passing yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He showed great chemistry with wide receiver Khalil Shakir, who finished the game with 118 receiving yards and 199 all-purpose yards to help move the chains.
Those two have been hooking up well throughout the season, making for some good plays like the one below:
Behind the quarterbacking of Bachmeier and with the efforts of passing targets Tyneil Hopper, Stefan Cobbs, and Octavius Evans, the Broncos were able to come from behind and erase a 13-point deficit with three touchdowns. Bachmeier was absolute money in the second half of the game, one of the best second halves we’ve seen from him, as he completed 10-of-14 (71.4%) passes for 157 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, good for 212.8 quarterback efficiency rating. In terms of further proving who he can be as a game-changer, this was a statement game for Bachmeier.
He’ll look to keep finishing games out strong and helping his team rally as the Broncos face No. 25 Fresno State, Wyoming, New Mexico, and San Diego State in the coming weeks.
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