BOISE – And after the 10th day, the Broncos rested.
On the 10th day of fall football camp on Wednesday, Boise State held its second and final two-a-day practices, and on Thursday will receive a well-deserved day off.
“Coach (Chris Petersen) was telling us last night, he really looks to these two-a-day practices to see effort, mentality and toughness. I think it definitely instills that in the team,” said redshirt junior defensive lineman Beau Martin. “As a player, I’m not going to lie, I’m glad we only have two. They’re tough on your body, there’s no doubt.”
BSU worked in full pads for about two hours in the morning on its practice field, and then went just under two more hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts during the evening at Bronco Stadium.
“The first practice, you always have things you can correct and you try to correct them in the second practice,” said senior offensive lineman Charles Leno. “Just clean up things from the first practice and make sure the second practice is more crisp. I feel like we did a good job of that today.”
Leno said the team will look forward to resting their “camp legs” on Thursday.
“I’m probably not going to set my alarm,” Martin said, laughing. “Wake up, maybe see a movie — if I can stay awake in the movie. Other than that, just lay back and mentally recharge.”
Morning Joe: During the first team portion of Wednesday morning’s practice, quarterbacks spread the ball around to several different targets, giving credence to senior QB Joe Southwick’s preseason assessment that wide receiver is “maybe our deepest position on our football team.”
One of the best grabs was by redshirt senior Aaron Burks, who caught a Southwick pass over his shoulder while tiptoeing the sideline to stay inbounds. Southwick displayed nice touch and accuracy, including a pinpoint laser to the sideline on a back-shoulder throw to Matt Miller.
The senior quarterback was nimble on his feet, one time avoiding the pass rush, scrambling outside the pocket and zipping a pass downfield to tight end Gabe Linehan.
Defense Gets Picky: The only turnover in the morning session came during 7-on-7: Redshirt junior cornerback Bryan Douglas intercepted a pass in the end zone by redshirt freshman QB Nick Patti. However, Patti came back in the evening session with a nice 30-yard touchdown toss to receiver Thomas Sperbeck. A 6-foot, 174-pound true freshman from Carmichael, Calif., Sperbeck had a number of impressive catches with the second- and third-team offenses, including a one-handed grab near the sideline.
Split the Uprights: Placekickers Dan Goodale and Tyler Rausa each comfortably hit field goals from outside 35 yards during both sessions.
Horn Sparks D-Line: Petersen named junior defensive lineman Tyler Horn his “camper of the day” on Wednesday, according to broncosports.com.
“Tyler has been working extremely hard and is playing multiple positions for us,” Petersen told the website. “He has been very steady, day in and day out.”
Horn and the rest of the Bronco defensive line looked solid throughout the day. Junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was his usual disruptive self. Sophomore tackle Robert Ash provided one of the day’s defensive highlights when he broke into the backfield and caused a fumble.
“I feel like we have the depth to get it done,” said Martin. “We have the guys there. We’ve lost guys, (but) there are always depth concerns at every position in college football. That’s something that every team deals with. We’ll deal with it as the season goes on. Our mantra around here is, next guy up carry the flag, whatever happens.”
Hail Mary: During a timed situational drive, the first offense drove to the defense’s 40-yard line and Southwick spiked the ball to stop the clock with three seconds remaining. On the ensuing play, Southwick bought time by scrambling to his left, and then let go of a Hail Mary pass to the end zone. The offense came down with the ball for the touchdown and all the offensive players stormed the field in celebration.
Coming Up: The team will hold one morning practice both Friday and Saturday ahead of Sunday’s fall scrimmage, which is open to the public (free admission). The scrimmage begins at 7 p.m. at Bronco Stadium.