Introducing Ryan Finley

Introducing Ryan Finley

Q & A with new Boise State commit Ryan Finley from Paradise Valley HS in AZ.

Scout.com sits down with the newest Boise Bronco, Ryan Finley, for a quick Q & A...

Scout.com: What were your stats and honors last year?
Finley:
"2,908 yards passing in 10 games, 238 completions, 380 attempts, 25 TDs passing, 6 running touchdowns. I was 1st team All Section and Honorable Mention All State."

What is your height and weight?
"6-4 185 pounds."

What is your greatest football memory?
"My greatest football memory is coming from a 26 point deficit in the 4th quarter to beat Thunderbird last season. I was 42 for 59 for 410 yards passing and 3 touchdowns."

What are yur goals for next year?
"My goals are to gain 20 pounds by the start of the season and be an elite pocket passer with the ability to also run designed running plays. I would like to throw for over 3,000 yards and lead my team to the playoffs and do damage in the playoffs."

How are you preparing for next year?
"I'm preparing by running track and lifting hard to gain 20 pounds. I will also be working out with Terry Shea, quarterback trainer, who is also working out NFL prospect Robert Griffin III. So I'm looking forward to that and learning and improving my skills with his expertise."

What have you worked really hard to improve on? What area would you like to keep improving on?
"I've really worked hard to improve my leadership and knowledge for the game. Studying defenses and film to expand my knowledge. I would like to keep learning to be a student of the game and continue to improve my speed and strength."

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"Patrick Johnson, he will be a senior and a monster left tackle that is getting much stronger and faster. He is 6' 4 285 and the leader of out offensive line. Also, to replace the leader of receptions made in Arizona this last season, Dakota Ferch, will be Joey Gatewood, a strong physical slot receiver who is improving his speed and will be a dominant wide receiver."

Name one teammate you respect and why.
"I respect Patrick Johnson, our o line leader because he has great character and wants to be great. He also is very hard working."

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"My goals are to continue to mature as a player and student athlete and be a 2 year or longer starter."

Who is the best player of you have played against.
"D.J. Foster (ASU signee), he is an athlete."

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"I really respect Cactus High School. I think they are very hard workers and have a lot of discipline and do their talking on the field."

What other sports do you play?
"I play basketball, run track, and last year I also played tennis."

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
"Bench- 205, Squat- 330, Power clean- 225 and 40 yard dash- 4.7."

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
"My coach would describe me as a gifted athlete that loves the game and that I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best."

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"My strengths are my vision in the pocket and my ability to make things happen when plays break down , with my feet or Arm. I also read defenses well and have the ability and option of audibling most of the game. My weakness are my weight and over stepping as I throw longer routes."

Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"My favorite athlete is Larry Fitzgerald. Not just because he is an Arizona Cardinal, but I love his work ethic and how much character and passion he plays the game with. He is also a great teammate."

What is the best piece of advice you have received?
"I have received many pieces of good advice but my best has to be. That each morning you ask yourself what it is that you can do to be the best possible football player and person you can be. Also, you must win everyday in everything you do."

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"You can expect a much more disciplined football team that plays as a family and everything that is done is for the team. There will be no individual needs."

What can Boise expect from you as a player?
"They can expect me to be a hard worker and a great leader on and off the field, to be the best football player I can be."

What is your GPA and SAT?
"My GPA is 4.5 and I scored a 1760 on the SAT."

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