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Update: April 3
The Broncos returned to the practice field on Tuesday after a long 10 day layoff for spring break.
Chris Petersen was happy to have his team back on the field, but he wasn’t happy with the effort. He had this to say about the practice (h/t Idaho Press):
It was average at best. We’ll have to maybe rethink our spring break plan in terms of whether we take spring break in the middle. We tried to give them a day off before we got back, and again it wasn’t terrible, but it was average and that’s not what we’re trying to get done at practice, being average.
Linebacker Blake Renaud agreed with his coach that a layoff during spring may not be the best move.
He told the media (h/t Idaho Press) “I think maybe everyone was a little rusty after spring break. I’d rather do spring break after the whole spring ball thing. It just seems weird coming back. I’d rather not to have the break in the middle of it.”
Next season will likely bring a change to the practice schedule.
Also of note is the return of helmet stickers for achievements this spring, and Japanese coaches from Hosei University. The coaches from Hosei are modeling their program after Boise, and they have attended spring practices in the past as they attempt to learn the winning ways of Petersen.
Freshman receiver D.J. Dean is out for the 2013 with a torn ACL (h/t Idaho Press).
Update: March 13
Boise State’s spring training is now underway with the secondary being one of the primary focuses for this coaching staff.
Head coach Chris Petersen told the media (NBCSports) "We've got two corner positions that are quite wide open. It's awesome to really watch those guys go at it because that is such a critical position." Petersen likes the talent on campus this spring, but don’t count out the incoming freshman.
Petersen also told the media that "We've also got some guys coming in this fall that we like quite a bit.”
The secondary quandary won’t be settled this spring.
The quarterback race was also a topic of discussion. Petersen had good things to say about incumbent Joe Southwick.
When asked about his spring progression Petersen had this to say:
I think he's in a great groove right now. He's confident because he knows he got better as the season went on. I'm excited to watch him as much as anyone through the spring.
When you get a fifth-year senior at that position who has done some good things, the average fan may not see it, but as coaches we'll know. If he can take that next little step, he's going to be an extremely effective and efficient player and play at a very high level.
What was thought to be an open competition to start the year appears to be Southwick’s to lose.
Check back for more updates out of spring camp.
Update: March 11
Boise is set to begin spring practice today according to the Broncos athletics website, Broncosports.com.
According to the report, the Broncos will take five weeks to go through 15 spring practices, with seven taking place over the next two weeks.
Boise will take a break during spring break at the end of March and then return to the field in April before the mid-April spring game.
Check back for more updates out of Boise throughout spring.