BOISE — Boise State will engage in an almost extinct activity in college football Wednesday: a two-a-day practice session.
The Broncos have just two two-a-days during this fall. They had one last year, the last year their preseason practice allotment was reduced by three under NCAA penalties.
Two-a-days, which remain popular in high school, have been phased almost out of college because of summer-long conditioning programs that keep players in top shape and NCAA rules that make it difficult to schedule them.
The NCAA requires an acclimatization period for fall camp two days in helmets only, two days in helmets and shoulder pads and one day in full pads. That means teams cant hold a two-a-day until the sixth day, which usually is the first two-a-day for Boise State.
After that, two-a-days cant be held on consecutive days. And the Broncos usually wont run a two-a-day the day before, day of or day after a scrimmage.
Coach Chris Petersen said he thinks two-a-days should be at coaches' discretion, but he doesn't see a need to load up on them.
It's not good for the kids. It just beats them down, he said. This is still a hard, tough game. I still think you need to be able to suck it up when you don't really feel like it and go get some work done.
The defense came out strong Tuesday afternoon after failing to collect a turnover in the scrimmage Monday. Thats what we ask for forget about what happened, its in the past now, and come out and try to beat them, junior linebacker Blake Renaud said.
On a timed drive, sophomore starting safety Darian Thompson intercepted a deep ball thrown by senior quarterback Joe Southwick. Junior college transfer cornerback Mercy Maston ended the second-teamers second timed drive with a pick, too. On the first-teamers second try, Southwick hit senior wide receiver Aaron Burks on a deep ball to set up a 26-yard field goal by junior Dan Goodale.
Later in practice, true freshman stud end Kamalei Correa intercepted Southwick and scampered into the end zone. Petersen, who blows an airhorn when the defense forces a turnover, held the button for 5 seconds to celebrate.
Petersen chose Goodale as his camper of the day at BroncoSports.com. The starter to begin the 2011 season is in position to win the job again in 2013. He has worked his tail off since last season, throughout the spring and summer, and it is very noticeable right now, Petersen said.
Meet the Friday night crew
ESPN named its Friday night TV crew Tuesday: Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell and Allison Williams. Boise State has three games on ESPN's Friday night package this year.
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