BOISE - Alphabetically, Jared Zabransky falls dead-last on Boise State's roster. But the sophomore quarterback has been one of the top reasons for the Broncos' success this season.
Zabransky, a 2002 graduate of Hermiston High School, led Boise State to an 11-0 regular season and extended its winning streak to 22 games, the longest in the nation.
That run ended in Friday's 44-40 defeat against Louisville in the Liberty Bowl.
Heading into Friday's bowl game, Zabransky had piled up 2,728 yards passing and 15 touchdowns, with a 64.4 completion percentage. He also rushed for 322 yards and 12 TDs, including an 85-yard scamper for a score against Hawaii on Oct. 29 that established a Boise State record for longest play from scrimmage.
Zabransky red-shirted with the Broncos in 2002, then served as the backup quarterback in 2003, completing 11 of 23 passes for 180 yards and a score.
He battled senior quarterback Michael Sanford for the starting job throughout spring and summer camps, and had the starting position nailed down before the Broncos' opener against Idaho State on Sept. 4.
In his first game as a starter, Zabransky rushed for three touchdowns and finished 11 of 16 for 234 yards and an interception.
As Hermiston's quarterback, Zabransky led the Bulldogs to a co-Intermountain Conference title in 2001.