April 16, 2012; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos running back DJ Harper (7) during the spring game at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE
Boise State football camp gets underway tomorrow with new guys practicing in the morning, vets practicing in the afternoon, and highlights sneaking their way out when the Bronco PR staff isn't looking. Boise State is taking the "no news is good news" approach to practice reporting, which is probably a good strategy considering this would otherwise be the most scrutinized fall camp in program history. Here are five questions that will need to be answered in the next 27 days of practice. I could have come up with five hundred.
Who is going to play quarterback?
I won't get into the nitty-gritty details on this question because you know them all too well. I will go on the record, though, and say that I am not in favor of a four-quarterback system. Those never work.
How healthy will this team be on August 31?
We know all too well how injuries can derail a season (and a secondary), so the health of the many Broncos on the mend will bear obsessive monitoring. Of those who need immune boosts the most: CB Jerrell Gavins; OLs Cory Yriarte, Joe Kellogg, and Jake Broyles; FB Dan Paul; and RB D.J. Harper.
Also say a prayer for everyone's knees and the heavy people who will be tempted fall on them.
Where are the weak spots? Where are the strong spots? Where are the spots that confident in their body image thanks?
The Bronco roster is full of so many new pieces and parts that it is hard to tell what this team will do well and what it will do less well.
Can it rush the passer consistently?
Does the offense have big play potential?
What are its feelings on red zone efficiency?
We know very little about what this team is capable of other than what our imaginations have dreamed up and what our Bronco history books have taught us to expect. The sooner Boise State finds its identity (and shares that identity with us), the better.
Which true freshmen will play this year?
Boise State continues to recruit better and better athletes, and this year's class is no exception. Which true freshmen might play? Well, where would the Broncos need help the most? Take a long, hard look at RBs Jack Fields and Devan Demas, and maybe throw a glance at CB Chaz Anderson. Don't discount a LB or two (guys like Christopher Santini and Andrew Pint are good for defense and special teams). Oh yeah, and that Patti guy.
Can the Broncos overcome the loss of so many coaches?
That was mostly a rhetorical question, but an important rhetorical question nonetheless. In particular, I'll be curious to know how the offense changes under Robert Prince, considering it had to change anyway when you replace a Kellen Moore.
What are you most interested in finding out at fall camp? What other big questions need to be asked? Share your thoughts in the comments.