Tuesday seemed to be the day for offensive linemen as both the Statesman and Press-Tribune focused their pieces on the front five. Despite losing five of the top six guys off of last year's line, the newcomers fighting for spots look to be a good bunch, but it is far too early to tell who will be starting come August 30.
"Basically, right now it’s gonna be the best five guys, I don’t care it they are all left tackles," Boise State offensive line coach Scott Huff said.Well, we actually do care if they are all left tackles, so we hope Coach Huff was joking.
Chadd Cripe had a decidedly firmer stance on the o-line race:
In QB news, Cripe made a point of singling out Bush Hamdan for his play thus far.
A few seem like safe bets to play significant roles, but definitely not sure things — freshman center Thomas Byrd, freshman left tackle Nate Potter, senior guard Andrew Woodruff and senior guard Jon Gott.
Other guys who look like serious contenders include sophomore tackle Matt Slater (a promising walk-on), freshman tackle Garrett Pendergast and junior tackle/center Paul Lucariello.
Senior quarterback Bush Hamdan has made some nice plays the first two days of practice, including one Tuesday when he picked up a fumbled snap and threw a touchdown pass.Hamdan has declined interview requests this spring in order to focus on competition for the starting job. We seem to remember him doing this before, so maybe he has a phobia of handheld voice recorders.
Huff searching for right O-line combo [Idaho Statesman]
Bronco O-line a work in progress [Press-Tribune]