The Boise State defense came to play in the Broncos' second scrimmage. The offense? Not so much.
The only touchdown of the day was scored by freshman Matt Kaiserman near the end of the scrimmage, and the offense looked very little like the explosive group seen at the first spring outing. Are we worried? Absolutely not! We loved what we saw from the defense, and we can't wait to see how the unit does during the season. Here is some more detail from the scrimmage:
- All four quarterbacks played much more evenly than they did in the first scrimmage. Moore came back to the pack a little, and Coughlin and Lomax stepped up their games. As a whole, though, there were very few fireworks.
- Hamdan and Coughlin made some nice throws on the run, moving out of the pocket.
- Austin Pettis and Titus Young have soft hands. Both made some strong sideline catches, and each had good grabs on fade patterns during drills.
- The defensive line was downright dominant at times. We took particular note of Phillip Edwards and Sean Bingham. Edwards turned away a shovel pass and wreaked havoc in the backfield. Bingham recorded a sack and blew up several plays.
- There were multiple miscues with shotgun snaps.
- The running backs had few opportunities to shine since there was such little running room. D.J. Harper and Doug Martin moved the pile a couple of times.
- Derrell Acrey had some big hits, and he took an interception to the house during a pre-scrimmage drill.
- Kellen Moore might be staring down his receivers.
- The best plays by the offense were seam routes by tight ends and wide receivers. Julian Hawkins, in particular, looked strong running down the middle.
- Brandyn Thompson sat out, leaving the Broncos without their top two corners (Kyle Wilson is also out for the spring). Still, the offense had trouble moving the ball through the air.
- The front seven were stout, but they failed to force turnovers.
- A lot of credit should go to the linebackers. They were reading plays well and putting themselves in good positions.
- Four words: Doug Martin. Short Yardage.