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Broncos anxious to start fall camp

Paul Gerke

Broncos anxious to start fall camp

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Jul 24, 2013

The unofficial start of football season is officially over. The 2013 Mountain West Media Days have come to a close, and now all that’s left is the official, official start of football season- fall camp.

Coach Petersen is not unlike Bronco nation in that he can’t wait for August 5. He said a lot has changed since Boise State beat Washington in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl last December.

"Shoot, it seems like that was forever ago," said Petersen. "From winter conditioning, to spring football, to the kids working hard this summer... I’m anxious to get back with those guys because we really haven’t seen them for the whole summer."

Boise State's rematch with Washington is looming ahead on the schedule, slated for August 31. Although the Huskies are the Broncos’ first opponent, left tackle Charles Leno isn’t focused on them yet.

"We don’t care about any team later on in the year," he remarked. "We care about the next team, and right now, the team that I care about is our team, because we’re playing them in fall camp."

Throughout the Mountain West Media Days, Leno and Petersen talked about the maturity they’ve seen in senior quarterback Joe Southwick this spring and summer. However, even a five-year veteran isn’t immune to the rigors of the preseason.

"I know maybe there will be a few days of fall camp in the middle where I'll be like ‘Ugh,’" laughed Southwick. "That’s just the nature of fall camp. But we’re excited, it has been a long time."

"We’ll be ready," he added. "We realize the target is on our back, and as a bunch of competitors, we really embrace that. I know we’ll be ready."