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After first scrimmage, Boise State’s Harsin cautiously optimistic

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin, post-practice Aug. 11 part I

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin (and his wig) discuss the Broncos' first fall scrimmage and updates the first week of fall camp Aug. 11, 2016.
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Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin (and his wig) discuss the Broncos' first fall scrimmage and updates the first week of fall camp Aug. 11, 2016.

A tradition at the end of the spring game is to give winners steak and losers hot dogs.

Following the first fall scrimmage Thursday, which was closed to the public and media, Bryan Harsin said “we’re hot dogs right now.”

That isn’t to say the BSU coach didn’t like what he saw, but he still sees just about every position as a work in progress.

“We’re still early in what we’re trying to accomplish, and we don’t have everything in,” Harsin said.

Now eight days into camp, Harsin said: “I think it’s been really good. I think the guys have taken to what we’re trying to accomplish. They understand where we want to be. Certainly this is not the point we want to be.”

Harsin didn’t offer specifics on any individuals, but said the format was mostly first-team offense versus first-team defense; same with the second and third teams. There were 25 or 26 open field plays, 15 or 16 in the red zone and finally some goal-line work, he said.

The air horn that is sounded when the defense creates a takeaway was sounded a few times. In practice, the defense has pounced on just about any loose ball, even if it’s a dropped pass, to get into the turnover mentality.

“They’ve been really working on what they do after the turnover, trying to score. That showed up tonight,” Harsin said.

▪  Harsin said he saw “some good throws,” “saw some good things in the run game,” and “there were some stones in there by the defensive line on the run game that were really good.”

▪  For about half his nearly half-hour media session after the scrimmage, Harsin was wearing a long blonde wig that curled out from under his hat and nearly obscured his eyes. “It’s been a long camp ... I don’t even know what day it is right now.’’

▪  There have been no major injuries in camp, noting the summer conditioning has paid off. He said some veterans have taken the second parts of two-a-days off, but they were already expected to have a limited workload.

▪  Harsin did praise the progress of two backup safeties who could play early roles, redshirt freshman Evan Tyler and junior Cameron Hartsfield: “Evan Tyler’s certainly been a guy that’s stepped up. I’ve really been impressed with Cam Hartsfield ... he’s made plays.”

▪  Though the team will go into the season having to play a handful of true freshmen, Harsin said none has immediately struck him as certainties yet. He mentioned defensive tackle Chase Hatada, defensive ends Kayode Rufai and Jabari Watson as some that have played at times with the No. 2 defense.

He said he’ll look for “who is going to turn it up and who is going to turn it down” in the coming days after getting their first game-like action.

“They’ve done good things, but when you’re really looking at it, when you get into a game is this going to be a productive player right away? Not yet. Luckily we’re not playing right now,” he said.

▪  Boise State will unveil the design of, and begin installation of, the new player posters that will hang on the east side of Albertsons Stadium on Friday.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

State Board denies request for alcohol at all Idaho college football games

The Idaho State Board of Education rejected a proposal from the University of Idaho on Thursday that would have allowed football fans to possess and consume alcohol at tailgate functions on campus.

The board voted 4-4, which was a rejection of the proposal, board spokesman Blake Youde said on Idaho Sports Talk on KTIK radio. The board was concerned with family and safety issues, Youde said.

He said the vote impacts Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State. Technically, that means alcohol is not allowed on any state campus on football game days.

The 10-to-10 tailgate zone — where Boise State fans can drink legally from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in designated areas on game days, in accordance with the Boise Police Department — will remain in effect for this season, Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said on KTIK.

The decision does not impact fans in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State or the Lighthouse Center at Idaho.

Boise State previously announced it will not sponsor The Huddle this season, a pre-game function in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex where alcohol was sold to ticketed fans last year.

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