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Finley expected to lead QB pecking order going into fall camp, Harsin says

Sophomore Ryan Finley remains atop the quarterback pecking order and likely will remain there until the start of fall camp in August, coach Bryan Harsin said Monday.

Sophomore Tommy Stuart, redshirt freshman Alex Ogle and true freshman Brett Rypien round out the pecking order, Harsin said – still in order of seniority.

Fans will get their first look at the quarterback competition Saturday in the Spring Game, which begins at 5:15 p.m. (Check out the special helmets.)

“They’re all four in it because we haven’t decided who’s the guy,” Harsin said. “We’re not going to come out of spring saying that this guy is No. 1, this guy is No. 2, and so on. They get a chance in the summer now to really work on what they have to get better at. Coming into fall camp, there will be a pecking order. It will be very much like it is right now. You’d imagine Ryan Finley, Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle, Brett Rypien – those guys would be getting reps probably in that order. And unlike spring, it will change in a hurry.”

Harsin said he’s impressed with Finley’s preparation and Ogle’s throwing, which he says is as good as any player the Broncos have had. Stuart has had a nice camp and is “night and day” better than last spring, Harsin said.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, Finley and Rypien completed 60 percent of their passes, Stuart completed 70 percent and Ogle completed 50 percent, Harsin said. The quarterbacks were live in the scrimmage, meaning they could be hit.

Other notes:

– The Broncos discussed retiring former quarterback Kellen Moore’s No. 11 jersey at the Spring Game but decided against it. They will honor him at 5:11 p.m., though. And No. 11 won’t be worn anytime soon. “There’s a lot of different models as far as retiring numbers,” Harsin said. “Yes, there was discussion on that. Right now, you guys have been at practice, there’s no No. 11 rolling around at practice. And there won’t be for a long time.” Harsin didn’t divulge the details of the Moore tribute, preferring the element of surprise. “It will be special,” he said. “He’s not a guy who needs any of those things or wants any of those but he definitely deserves those things.”

– Former Boise State and NFL offensive lineman Nate Potter has joined the coaching staff as an offensive graduate assistant. The Broncos still need one more offensive GA. Byron Hout and Tommy Smith return as the defensive GAs. Potter worked with the Broncos as a volunteer last season and said at the time he was unsure if he would continue in the NFL. He had a back injury. Potter was a consensus All-American left tackle in 2011.

– Harsin spoke at the Nike coaches clinic at USC on Saturday, addressing about 300 high school coaches in a key recruiting territory. He also watched some of the Trojans’ practice before flying back to Boise for the Broncos’ scrimmage that night. Harsin visited with former Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, now at USC, and got a couple ideas from the Trojans. “I got a couple we can use at some point,” he said.

– Harsin singled out junior cornerback Jonathan Moxey as a player who has stepped up this spring. Moxey started 12 games last year.

– On offense, freshman wide receivers Sean Modster and A.J. Richardson are getting noticed.

– Harsin pushed the tailbacks for a more physical, downhill style after the first scrimmage. He noticed a big difference in the second scrimmage, he said.

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SPRING BALL COVERAGE

April 6: Broncos will have new helmet for Spring Game

April 4: OT Eli McCullough uses Air Force mistakes as learning experience

April 3: Broncos to honor Kellen Moore, not retire jersey

April 2: Special teams preview

April 1: QB competition likely to last deep into August

March 31: Recap of Bryan Harsin’s weekly press conference

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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