Shortly after Signing Day last week, Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin and his Bronco-coaching staff added another gun-slinger to their artillery-reserves. On Friday Lake Oswego, OR quarterback Mike Irwin announced he was taking his talents to The Blue as a preferred walk-on.
Irwin and I got in-touch minutes after his commitment to have him dish for Bronco Nation on his big decision.
Irwin says he has a good relationship with Harsin. “I have met (him) briefly at the Junior Day they invited me to. (I) had a great time visiting with him. He seems very motivated and I cannot wait to play for him.”
The latest signal-caller to call Albertsons Stadium home has known co-offenive coordinator Zak Hill since his sophomore season when Hill was still coaching for Eastern Washington. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the way he coaches and we hit it off from Day 1.”
He’s been a big fan of everything-Boise State for some-time.
“I have always been a huge Bronco-fan since the day they beat the Ducks with Kellen Moore,” Irwin, whose high school is only 103 miles from Autzen Stadium said. “Seeing the way they played has always excited me and they’ve been on the top of my list since that day.”
Irwin wants to help his new coaches and teammates anyway he can. “I want to establish lifelong-friendships and become the best version of myself possible.”
His individual-goals as a preferred walk-on are to fill his role on the team and work as hard as possible to earn himself a scholarship.
Irwin is a very-mobile athlete at the quarterback position. “I have always admired the way Michael Vick played at the Eagles. But my mom says I play more like Russel Wilson.”
He looks up to another quarterback as-well however.
“I think if I can prepare and execute like Kellen Moore did, I will be doing pretty good.”
Irwin compares his new football-program favorably to bigger schools across the College Football-landscape.
“Boise State, in my mind, has always been one of the best football schools in America and being able to be apart of the team is a huge opportunity.”
He was also considering attending the Pac 12’s Oregon State University, Eastern Washington University, and the College of Idaho.
“I expect myself to come in, learn the offense like the back of my hand, work my butt off, and then compete for the starting job.”
Irwin was quite the dual-threat for his Lakeridge Pacers-team this past season. The gunslinger completed 60.8% of his throws for 1,249 yards (11.7 YPA), while adding 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions, good for a 95.6 QB-rating.
On the ground, Irwin compiled 553 yards and eight touchdowns on 109 carries, good for a 5.1 YPC-clip according to MaxPreps.
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