Bronco Beat

Boise State football team’s QB derby expected to last deep into August

The Boise State football team returned to practice Tuesday after a week off for spring break. You can watch some highlights from the media availability above.

Coach Bryan Harsin met with the media after practice. You can watch that below.

A few notes from Harsin:

– Fall camp will open Aug. 6 this year. That’s later than recent years because the season doesn’t begin until Sept. 4.

– Harsin expects the quarterback decision to go into the final 10 days before the game, because that’s how it has happened in the past. He doesn’t want to identify a starter before summer, when the players improve dramatically. “They’ve got that entire summer to (improve) and these guys will be different,” Harsin said. “They’ll show up and be different in fall camp. We don’t need to have a guy coming out (of spring). They’ll all lead in the summer. ... Come fall camp, we don’t want to be in this situation. We have to really separate ourselves and somebody will do that based off summer and what they do in fall.”

– The Broncos have a closed scrimmage Saturday. Harsin wants to see “physicality.” “This is going to be a physical week,” he said.

– Senior nickel Mercy Maston grabbed two interceptions in Tuesday’s practice. He and junior college transfer Kam Miles have given the coaches hope that they’ll be able to stick with plans to have a defensive back play nickel and Tanner Vallejo play middle linebacker.

– Veteran tailbacks Jack Fields and Devan Demas have had good springs.

– Harsin’s opening comment about the return from spring break: “Well, they’re all back.”

– The defense dominated Tuesday and collected “a few turnovers” in the red zone, Harsin said.

– Harsin likes the split spring ball approach, with two weeks each before and after spring break. “If we went straight, guys would get wore out,” he said, “and spring is not about that. Spring is about teaching. It’s about bringing guys along that are young guys that you think are going to help you this year. It’s fine-tuning your veteran players but it’s really about coming out of it with a positive attitude of what happened in spring, healthy and prepared for the summer – what needs to happen now to get better for fall camp.”

– Sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols (hernia surgery) remains sidelined. Harsin hopes to get him at least into some drills before the end of spring ball.

– On the benefit of returning all five starting offensive linemen while replacing the quarterback and tailback: “We still need those positions to rise. And that’s going to happen. It’s just not happening right now, and that’s not a negative thing. It’s just that’s the rotation. That’s how we’re operating. Hopefully Saturday when those guys do get those opportunities we see more of that and the O-line is the lead dog in that situation.”

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SPRING BALL COVERAGE

March 31: Cornerback Jonathan Moxey prepares to excel

March 30: Wide receivers preview

March 29: Chaz Anderson builds on successful position change

March 24: Bertoli, once slighted, has proven himself a Division I player

March 20: Dillon Lukehart retires for medical reasons

March 19: Bryan Harsin recaps first scrimmage

March 17: Broncos help Lyle Smith celebrate 99th birthday

March 13: Defensive line preview

March 12: DL Tyler Horn gets second shot at senior year

March 11: Adventurous former walk-on Charles Bertoli chases RB job

March 10: All signs point to Kellen Moore tribute at Spring Game; read a replay of our live chat

March 10: Tanner Vallejo back home at middle linebacker

March 9: Seven players out for spring with injuries; highlights from the first day of practice

March 9: Players and positions to watch this spring

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Key dates for the Boise State football team

Tuesday: Practice resumed after spring break. Coverage in Bronco Beat at IdahoStatesman.com.

Friday: First practice fully open to the media.

Saturday: Second closed scrimmage of spring.

April 11: Spring Game and Kellen Moore celebration, 5 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium.

April 13: Final spring practice.

Spring Game tickets: Tickets are $10. Fans ages 2 to 18 wearing No. 11 Kellen Moore jerseys will get in for free. The first 3,000 fans at the gate also receive a free copy of the 2014 season-in-review DVD. Gates open at 4 p.m. Parking is free.

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