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Boise State football team wants to attack defenses 'vertically,' QB Grant Hedrick says

The Boise State football team’s new offense will attack defenses “not so much laterally but vertically,” senior quarterback Grant Hedrick said Friday after the first practice of fall camp.

The Broncos, much to many fans’ dismay, spent much of last season throwing quick screens to the wide receivers.

“We hope to have an attacking run game, get those guys going downhill,” Hedrick said, “and attack downfield with the vertical pass game as well. That’s kind of our main goal. We’ve worked a lot over the summer on that.”

I’ll have a full story on Hedrick in Saturday’s newspaper. Here are a few more highlights from his meeting with the media:

— On taking a leadership role; “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s pressure. It’s just kind of a natural transformation in my leadership role. I need to take that role and it’s something I’ve worked on and developed over this summer and today was the first day where I could actually go out and do that at practice.”

— On what he needs to do: “First and foremost, taking care of the football. That’s one of our main goals as an offense, limited turnovers. If we hang onto the ball, we’re going to be OK. So that’s kind of the No. 1 thing. And just managing things — making sure guys are in the right spots and trying to get that first down, move those chains and just get the athletes the ball.”

— On running: “When I need to use (my legs), I can use them. And I think the coaches would like to see me use them a little more, kind of improvising, not necessarily taking away from the offense but doing some things with my legs that aren’t necessarily in the playbook. That’s something that hopefully I can bring to the table and I’ve been working on that a lot.”

— On his senior year: “I’m trying to embrace everything and take everything in — positive and negative things, I’m just going to try to embrace it and really enjoy this whole thing. I’ve enjoyed my whole time here. This whole process has been awesome.”

— On playing for four quarterbacks coaches and four offensive coordinators: “Everybody really grows when that happens. You pick up and you keep things from each one. You develop into a full player, I think, that way. Taking little things from each coach has been huge for all of us.”

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