Coughlin already familiar with BSU system

Mike Coughlin signing his LOI to Boise State

The learning curve for freshman quarterbacks is often very steep, but incoming signal caller Mike Coughlin feels like he got a slight advantage over most. (This is a free example of what subscribers to the Total Access Pass will enjoy throughout the recruiting season.)

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"The system [at Boise State] is really similar to what I ran in high school," said Mike Coughlin. "That's part of what attracted me to Boise."

Coughlin has been in close contact with Boise State coaches since committing to play with the Broncos and has recently arrived in Boise to begin summer workouts.

Coughlin first became familiar with the coaches having camped at Boise State a few times during his high school career. "It really helped me to get to know the coaches and to become more familiar with the campus."

A big part of what makes a college quarterback successful is the ability to settle in and feel comfortable in his surroundings, be it the campus, the locker room, or as part of the greater University family. Coughlin is aware of that and is confident but patient.

Mike spent the early part of the summer preparing to join Boise State.

"Everyone out on the field is capable," said Coughlin. "There's a lot of competition out on the field—I want to be the starter, but I also want to be ready to step in there and make plays. I'm just going to go out there and work to learn the system as quickly as I can."

With BSU's recent success of drawing in quarterbacks from California, Bronco faithful will surely be happy if Coughlin is able to capture some of the same success as recently departed Ryan Dinwiddie, who came out of Elk Grove, Ca.

Coughlin certainly has the pedigree, an All-C.I.F. player from Mira Mesa High in the San Diego area—an area that has certainly produces its share of highly successful football players. Bronco fans certainly are hopeful that Coughlin can equal his high school brilliance once he takes the field in Boise. Of course, with a 61% completion rate and 25 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions his senior season, the blue and orange faithful hope that day isn't too far in the future.

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