Boise State football practice was the place to be Monday afternoon as the Broncos kicked off spring ball. Bears coach Lovie Smith as well as BSU alumni Ryan Clady, Orlando Scandrick, Daryn Colledge, and Ryan Dinwiddie were on hand to watch the first practice of the 2008 Bronco squad.
Chadd Cripe reports that the emphasis on tempo was noticeable throughout practice, and the players seemed to buy into the new approach.
Also encouraging was the fact that three Boise State running backs finished among the best conditioned athletes on the team in a new system designed by strength coach Tim Socha. Ian Johnson, D.J. Harper, and Doug Martin were three of the five players to reach the highest level of the conditioning program. Harper ran a team-best 4.43 40-yard dash.
Petersen made sure his push for a quicker pace at practice was understood from the start. When players ran to form a huddle around him after stretching, he made them do it again.
They hadn't moved quickly enough.
The rest of practice was crisply run, with little wasted time and the offense cutting back on huddles.
"Everybody in the country is going to show up in spring ball and have a good first day in terms of effort and attitude," Petersen said. "The whole trick is to be consistent and persistent every day."
First impressions from BSU's first practice [Idaho Statesman]