Because most practices are not full-contact, the coaching staff is having a hard time deciding which running back candidate will start, and might not make a decision until after the season opener. Right now the projected depth has Jeremy McNichols at #1 and Kelsey Young at #2. But RB coach Lee Marks wants to see how they handle breaking through tacklers who have been given the go-ahead to take them to the turf. This Friday at 6:30 pm, you can go see the open scrimmage for free and watch them test their mettle against our defensive tacklers. Also, I'm jealous I don't live in Boise.
Lots of sports writers and Nuggies have analyzed Coach Harsin's comments about the QB race after the first scrimmage, but here's another look from BSU Junior Shane Larson, if you're interested.
Jeremy Mauss also gives us his take. Let me just say this: If Finley doesn't get the nod, I'll be surprised. But it will be a pleasant surprise, because that must mean someone else is better, and I think he's pretty solid.
27-year-old Tutulupeatau Mataele has a name that you can't pronounce. But that's okay, because he has the nickname "Deuce", and I've found that whenever someone with an "oo" sound in their name makes a play, the crowd tends to howl their name: Much easier than yelling, "Tu-tooooooo-lupeatau!" (Although, we should, just to show him how much we appreciate him!)