Boise States offense continued an impressive offseason Monday with a turnover-free scrimmage at Bronco Stadium.
The first scrimmage of fall camp was closed to the public and media. No stats were released.
Were in a good spot right now, senior quarterback Joe Southwick said. Were ahead of where we were (last year). A lot of guys are back. I know not necessarily a lot of the starters, but a lot of guys are back. That makes it easier on everyone.
Southwick was named head coach Chris Petersens camper of the day at BroncoSports.com.
Joe has been playing at a high level from day one of camp, and he didnt drop off in our scrimmage, Petersen said.
The defense, meanwhile, was unable to play at the pace Petersen wants to see.
I was probably more impressed with our offensive conditioning than our defensive conditioning, he said. Its harder to play defense, in terms of conditioning. Youve got to be in tip-top shape to run sideline to sideline for as much as we want those guys to go. Weve got a little work to do there. They've got a little bit of camp legs going on, and I think its fairly typical.
News and notes
Redshirt freshman safety Chanceller James is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last week in practice. The Broncos returned four of their top five safeties from last year, but James was expected to make a significant contribution on special teams. He was the Scout Special Teams Player of the Year last season.
True freshman quarterback Ryan Finley has been limited during fall camp because of an injury and might not take snaps in the public scrimmage Sunday night, Petersen said. Ryans got a little issue going on, he said. Were bringing him along slowly.
Petersen expects to do more practicing and less scrimmaging at the public scrimmage (7 p.m. Sunday, Bronco Stadium, free admission). Were going to probably do it a little different, he said. I think half of it is going to be a little bit of a practice and half of it will be a little bit of a scrimmage, just to be smart with some guys. I think the fans might like that, to see some drills we run. They know what a scrimmage looks like, so well do something a little different.
BSU wants lower buyout for Coyle
Boise State will ask the State Board of Education this week to make sizable reductions in the buyout provisions of Athletic Director Mark Coyles contract, which runs through 2016.
The buyout will drop from $700,000 to $150,000 through 2014 and from $350,000 to $75,000 through 2015. There is no buyout for the final year.
Boise State says in the State Board documents that the new buyout puts Coyles contract in line with other university contracts. The buyouts for coaches in the department are roughly 36 percent of compensation. Coyles is more than 100 percent.
Coyles base salary is $331,500. He can receive up to $120,000 per year in incentives.
The State Board meets Wednesday and Thursday in Pocatello.
Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat