We’re starting a new feature as part of our Boise State football game coverage this season — and we want you to participate.
Quick Takes will be my immediate observations from games. They’ll appear as brief thoughts in the newspaper the morning after the game with an extended version posted in the Bronco Beat blog overnight.
We also will ask readers to submit their Quick Takes on the game via Twitter (#bsutake) or our Boise State Football Facebook page (just comment on the post soliciting your opinions). The reader takes will be used in both locations, too.
To get us started, here are some Quick Takes from fall camp:
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NOT THE YEAR TO BE A TRUE FRESHMAN
The Broncos will play a true freshman cornerback (Tyler Horton), and maybe a second one. But it’s possible they won’t use a true freshman at any other position because of experience and depth. Receiver Akilian Butler turned heads in camp – check out video of his one-handed catch on the Statesman’s YouTube page – and likely will be kept on the redshirt bubble in case he’s needed. The ability to redshirt so many newcomers should pay dividends in 2019, when they’ll be fifth-year seniors.
TROUBLE SPOT WILL INVOLVE ONE OF THREE POSITIONS
Every year it seems, one position becomes a problem for the Broncos because of a rash of injuries or inexperience. The team’s most likely trouble spots this season: quarterback, tailback and cornerback. The Broncos lack experience at quarterback, where only starter Ryan Finley has appeared in a major college game. They are unproven at tailback, where the best options are a guy with 17 college carries (sophomore Jeremy McNichols) and a guy who has been on the team for less than three months (Stanford transfer Kelsey Young). And they might be one injury away from starting a true freshman at cornerback, with reliable starters Donte Deayon and Jonathan Moxey leading an otherwise-youthful group.
THE 2013 RECRUITING CLASS IS HIGHLY UNDERRATED
When Chris Petersen left, it was popular to suggest BSU didn’t have the same talent as it did when he was winning Fiesta Bowls. But his last class was one of his best: MW sack leader Kamalei Correa, productive backup DE Gabe Perez, NT Justin Taimatuia, likely starting DT Tutulupeatau Mataele, 2014 tackles leader Tanner Vallejo, backup MLB Joe Martarano, starting CB Jonathan Moxey, possible starting nickel Mercy Maston, Finley, possible starting RT Archie Lewis, Fiesta Bowl offensive MVP Thomas Sperbeck, top TE Jake Roh, FB/TE Alec Dhaenens, special teams ace Darren Lee and kicker Tyler Rausa. That’s 15 key players — opening vs. Petersen.