Boise State QB Hank Bachmeier to be traded following Broncos offensive coordinator firing

Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier will enter the transfer portal, the veteran signalman confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The decision comes three days after the program fired offensive coordinator Tim Plow following a 27-10 loss to UTEP in Week 4 – a loss that marked one of the program’s worst performances since. that he made the jump to the FBS level in 1996.

Bachmeier started 29 games over a four-year career, throwing for over 6,600 yards and 41 touchdowns. He broke the 3,000 yard mark as a junior while completing 63% of his passes. However, things went downhill in the first four games of the 2022 season, with Bachmeier completing a career low 54% of his passes for less than 500 yards.

“I loved my time at Boise State and I feel like I gave it my all,” Bachmeier told ESPN. “I’m super grateful.”

Bachmeier said he hoped to find a school that could best prepare him for the NFL and win games immediately. As the No. 6 quarterback rookie in the nation in 2019, Bachmeier had a long list of contenders that included Georgia, Tennessee and Colorado. He also considered Cal, Minnesota and UCLA during his process.

Transferring now, Bachmeier is eligible to credit the 2022 season as a redshirt year and will have another two full years of eligibility when he next stops; Bachmeier had not used his redshirt season, nor the Covid exception granted by the NCAA. Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylen Green is the next man on the depth chart. The Lewisville, Texas native completed 19 of 28 passes for 155 yards in a loss to Oregon State in Week 1.

With Plow out, Boise State will bring in former NFL and Boise State coach Dirk Koetter to lead the offense. Koetter, a native of Idaho, worked as an offensive analyst for the Broncos. His son, Davis Koetter, is a wide receiver on the team.

wasted potential

Bachmeier was a game-changing rookie when he signed on to Bryan Harsin’s program in 2019. The Murrieta, Calif. native ranked 6th pro-style quarterback and 235th overall rookie in the class, making him the best quarterback and second-best rookie in Boise State history.

He showed major ability in his first season, throwing for 407 yards in a win over Florida State and starting eight games before his season was cut short by injury. Bachmeier and 1,000-yard running back George Holani looked like the next big duo at Boise State after leading the Broncos to a 12-2 season.

However, things started to go downhill at Boise State even as Bachmeier’s performance remained solid. The Broncos have allowed more than two sacks per game in each of the past two seasons, and Bachmeier has often been hurt because of it. Last season’s 7-5 campaign ranked as the program’s worst winning percentage since 1998.

Bachmeier will have another chance to rewrite his college legacy elsewhere as it was unlikely to be resolved in Boise.

Disappointing mandate

Plow, 37, was hired to revamp that offense at Boise State after an impressive stint under Dan Hawkins at UC Davis. He was named to the 35 under 35 by the American Football Coaches Association in 2019 after leading the Aggies to three consecutive top-10 assists. However, his offenses have plummeted in two years at Boise State.

The loss to UTEP dropped Boise State to 121st nationally in total offense at just 283.2 yards per game and 4.4 yards per play. The passing offense averages just 15 more yards per game than the army, which performs the triple option.

Boise State’s offenses started to go in the wrong direction during the second half of the Harsin era, but Plow’s struggles stood out. He will almost certainly always be a sought-after name for the offensive coordinator position in the FCS ranks, but he may have to move up the FBS ranks.

Critical moment for Avalos

The changes mark a critical moment for second-year coach Andy Avalos, who is 9-7 in two seasons. The former Boise State linebacker was hired after long stints with the Broncos under Chris Petersen and Bryan Harsin, with a two-year gap as defensive coordinator for Mario Cristobal at Oregon.

Avalos is only in his second year, but he has nearly as many losses in 16 games (7) as Petersen has had in eight seasons (12). Boise State athletic director Jeremiah Dickey is highly regarded in the industry. However, he may have to make a tough decision if things don’t improve – for the good of the program.

The Broncos are 2-2 for the second straight season. Prior to Avalos’ tenure, Boise State hadn’t started a 2-2 season since 2017. Boise State takes on San Diego State at 8 p.m. Friday night in the first game of the post-Bachmeier era.

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