Boise State coach Chris Petersen addresses scrimmage, injuries, team’s fitness

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team held a closed scrimmage Monday at Bronco Stadium. No stats were provided to the media.

Here are notes from coach Chris Petersen:

— On the scrimmage: “Not sure if one side was doing well, not sure if one side is doing bad. I was probably more impressed with our offensive conditioning than our defensive conditioning. It’s harder to play defense, in terms of conditioning, you’ve got to be in tip-top shape to run sideline to sideline for as much as we want those guys to go. We’ve got a little work to do there.
One good thing for the offense is that I don’t think they had a turnover. The ball was on the ground once or twice, but the defense wasn’t able to get it. It’s a good thing for the offense, but we’re always talking about creating turnovers, not just getting those easy gimmes. Those two things really jumped out – turnovers good for the offense, not so good for the defense, and we’ve got to be in better shape.”

— On fitness: “They’ve got a little bit of camp legs going on and I think it’s fairly typical.”

— Redshirt freshman safety Chanceller James is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last week in practice. He wasn’t going to be an immediate factor at safety, but he was the Scout Special Teams Player of the Year last season and likely would have been a major factor on those units this year.

— True freshman quarterback Ryan Finley is the one with the arm issue Petersen alluded to last week. Finley might not scrimmage Sunday. “Ryan’s got a little issue going on that we’re bringing him along slowly,” Petersen said. Walk-on Richard Hoppe also might not scrimmage. “Richard has been here such a short amount of time, we’re just trying to make sure he has some success,” Petersen said.

— Petersen didn’t have an update on defensive tackle Tutulupeatau Mataele, who is out while dealing with an academic issue.

— Petersen expects to do more practicing and less scrimmaging at Sunday’s open scrimmage (7 p.m., Bronco Stadium, free admission). “We’re going to probably do it a little different,” he said. “I think half of it is going to be a little bit of a practice and half of it will be a little bit of a scrimmage, just to be smart with some guys. I think the fans might like that, to see some drills we run. They know what a scrimmage looks like so we’ll do something a little different.”

— Petersen said junior kicker Dan Goodale has kicked well. “His game is elevated,” he said.

— Petersen on depth: “There’s no doubt there’s going to be some young guys that don’t know it today that they’re playing here in a couple weeks, but they will be, just by numbers.”

— Petersen on how he watches film: “I have to train myself very hard to analyze, to look hard, at the defense. I always want to look right at the offense and right back to that quarterback. But I don’t get into the details too much. I look at the big picture, put my 2 cents in and bring perspective to all the coaches. They’re amidst the trees. They’re seeing every little detail. And sometimes I’ll be the big-picture guy and say the big problem is that we’re not in the shape we need to be in.”

— Players who Petersen said have impressed: tailback Jack Fields, wide receivers Kirby Moore and Matt Miller, left tackle Charles Leno Jr., defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and safety Jeremy Ioane.


Senior quarterback Joe Southwick was Petersen’s camper of the day.

“Joe has been playing at a high level from day one at camp and he didn’t drop off in our scrimmage,” Petersen told

Southwick said the offense is ahead of where it was this time last year.

“We’re in a good spot right now,” he said. “We’re ahead of where we were (last year). A lot of guys are back. I know not necessarily a lot of the ‘starters,’ but a lot of guys are back. That makes it easier on everyone.”


Below is video of Southwick’s press conference and a video I put together of highlights from the first week of fall camp.


First week highlights

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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