There’s not a clear divisional line between fall camp and regular season routine at Boise State, at least as far as game-planning is concerned. Despite the calendar that shows this to be the final week of camp, the Broncos are well on their way laying in a plan of attack for the opener at Washington. “We have a lot in on both sides,” said coach Chris Petersen after Sunday night’s scrimmage. There won’t be many surprises the next 11 days. “It’s already been introduced as part of our base stuff,” Petersen added.
It was a very different public unveiling for Boise State fans last night. The half practice/half scrimmage provided only one possession of live action for the Broncos’ first-team offense (with the exception of the offensive line). But the crowd 7,410 got what it wanted on the drive—until the last play. Sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi bulled his way for 38 yards on four carries, including a 22-yard burst. With Ajayi’s help, senior quarterback Joe Southwick moved the offense into the red zone, knife-through-butter style. Then came a tip and an i
Chadd Cripe’s analysis of Boise State season tickets in the Statesman the other day caused quite a firestorm. The Broncos have hit the wall in sales this season, down 2,200 from last year to less than 22,000 with three weeks to go until the home opener. And for every issue to be sliced and diced, there’s a point-counterpoint. The home schedule is less-than-desirable this year. But if Boise wants to be considered a football town, the opponents won’t matter. Attendance is still phenomenal in relation to other Mountain West schools. But
Four years ago one of the intriguing stories of Boise State fall camp was who the backup quarterback would be. We never really knew. Joe Southwick traveled with the team and dressed for every road game, but he didn’t have to burn his redshirt year, as Kellen Moore stayed healthy for the entire season. Mike Coughlin handled mop-up time. Now, with Jimmy Laughrea gone, it’s a battle between Grant Hedrick and Nick Patti behind Southwick. So how’s it going after yesterday’s first scrimmage of camp? “That’s a good question
We’ve talked defense more often than not during the first week of Boise State fall camp. Why stop now? With turmoil in the secondary and on the defensive line this year, you’d think there would be a similar issue at linebacker, where J.C.
Early last season, it seemed the Boise State offense was in need of a little personality. As the fall progressed, it got one from one of the smallest players on the squad. Shane Williams-Rhodes got the first touch of his career on a running play in the opener at Michigan State, and it was about as good as it got that night offensively, as the 5-6, 157-pounder ran for 13 yards. By the end of September, Williams-Rhodes was making believers out of Bronco Nation, especially when his spin move left a New Mexico Lobo grabbing air, resulting in his first career touchdown.
On this, the first day of Boise State fall camp, senioritis sets in. Coach Chris Petersen uses that term as a positive. Bronco seniors come to the realization that they have one more shot to make their marks. And Petersen repeatedly comes back to the seniors every year as the group that has to step up for his team to sustain its success. You can see that thread running through this year’s senior class. For starters, you have quarterback Joe Southwick who, based on his finish last year, should significantly exceed the 19 touchdown passes he threw last s
It’s one thing to get Top 25 props from the preseason magazines like Athlon and Lindy’s. It becomes a bit more official when the first major rankings of the season come out. Boise State was No. 19 yesterday in the inaugural USA Coaches Poll of the 2013 season. The Broncos are the only Mountain West team—and only non-BCS school—represented. This is the fifth straight season Boise State has appeared in the initial Coaches Poll. The Broncos were No. 22 last season—their highest debut was No.