Bronco Beat

Defense flexes its muscle in Boise State football scrimmage

There was no final score, but it was evident Boise State’s defense had the offense’s number Saturday in the Broncos’ first open scrimmage of the spring.

The offense could muster just one touchdown when starting with field position on its own side of the field, as senior linebacker Darren Lee had a safety and a 45-yard fumble return for a score to spark the defense. Senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey added an interception.

“It’s always exciting when we don’t have to run after practice, because we run with them as coaches,” defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said. “... just been really happy for the guys, excited, thankful with how much hard work they put out here.”

Sophomore tight end Jake Knight, a former Oregon State signee who spent 2014-15 as a member of Auburn’s track and field team, had the offense’s biggest play, a 53-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Stuart. Sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien added a 1-yard touchdown run to cap off a short drive.

Scrimmage thoughts from the Broncos:

Lee - “It was good, it was fun. ... defense was clicking today, everyone was communicating really well. We’ve had some really solid back-to-back practices. We’ve been really consistent as a whole, not just the 1s and 2s, everyone, and it came together today, you can see that.”

Senior DE Sam McCaskill - “We had really good preparation this week, yesterday we had a really good practice. ... everyone was flying around and the spirits were high, it definitely carried over into today. You could tell the defense was flying around, everyone was having a good time, which is how football should be played.”

Senior WR Thomas Sperbeck - “We did all right, I think. I think we did good on our base plays and kind of getting back to fundamentals. We had to run at the end because we gave away too many turnovers.”

Co-offensive coordinator Scott Huff - “Slow getting going, we lacked some energy, but you could see there was some good stuff going on. Overall, a little too lethargic.”

Spring scrimmage stats

PASSING: Brett Rypien 14-23 for 127 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT; Tommy Stuart 5-12 for 97 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; Ryan Finley 7-10 for 34 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

RUSHING: Ryan Wolpin 12-42, Cory Young 8-18, Ryan Finley 6-(-12), Brett Rypien 4-(-7) 1 TD, Jeremy McNichols 3-(-5), Devan Demas 2-9, Tommy Stuart 1-5, Chaz Anderson 1-4

RECEIVING: Chaz Anderson 5-52, Cedrick Wilson 4-30, Sean Modster 3-33, Jake Knight 2-57 1 TD, Alec Dhaenens 2-28, Thomas Sperbeck 2-18, Devan Demas 2-10, A.J. Richardson 2-3, Bryan Jefferson 1-11, Jeremy McNichols 1-7, Cory Young 1-6, Ryan Wolpin 1-3.

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