Broncos take a 'break' before first scrimmage

Sunday's light session completed a strenuous first week of fall camp.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comAugust 12, 2013 

Head coach Chris Petersen, center, and the Boise State Broncos will have five practices between Monday's scrimmage and Sunday's public debut. Two are Wednesday, the second and final two-a-day of BSU's fall camp.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

— The Boise State football team received a reprieve Sunday after six grueling days to begin fall camp: one brief practice with no media availability.

They needed the break because this will be a busy week around the Broncos. Here's what to expect:

• The team holds a private scrimmage Monday afternoon. Stats likely will not be released, but coach Chris Petersen and senior quarterback Joe Southwick are among those scheduled to address the media afterward.

• Fox Sports 1 begins broadcasting Saturday. If DirecTV and Dish Network haven't reached carriage agreements by then, it's time to worry about the Broncos' season opener Aug. 31 at Washington. Cable One has announced the channel will be available in Boise. Fox Sports 1 has the rights to the game through the Pac-12 TV contracts.

• The fall scrimmage is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bronco Stadium. It's the only fall practice open to the public (free admission).

As for the first week of camp, here are a few first impressions:

• The offense, like it did in the spring, seems improved over last year. Southwick has shown tremendous accuracy with few decision-making mistakes, and the veteran corps of receivers hasn't dropped much.

• The defensive line could be dynamic again. Returning starters Demarcus Lawrence (end) and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (tackle) led an inspired effort during the first week. The Broncos will be young here and could play a host of guys with no major college football experience. Among the contenders: junior college tackle Justin Taimatuia, redshirt freshman end Sam McCaskill and true freshman tackle Nick Terry.

• The cornerback race is impossible to handicap. The Broncos have 10 corners, but seven have not played a game for the team. Four joined the team this summer. "It's a dogfight out there right now, and it's going to be fun to watch it unfold," defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398; ccripe@idahostatesman.com

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