Broncos hold first scrimmage
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The Boise State football team scrimmaged for the first time this fall on Monday afternoon. The exhibition at Bronco Stadium was closed to the public and the media, and statistics were not made available.
Coach Chris Petersen explained there was no real winner or loser the affair.
"The one thing that's really apparent is we're still a ways away from the conditioning level that we need to be at," he lamented. "I was probably more impressed with our offensive conditioning than our defensive conditioning, but it's harder to play defense in terms of conditioning. You've got to be in tip-top shape to be able to run sideline to sideline as much as we want those guys to go."
Petersen noted the offense was more up-to-speed than it was at this time last year. Perhaps as a result, the defense was unable to force any turnovers Monday- the opposite of what transpired in BSU's 2012 scrimmages.
Quarterback Joe Southwick liked what he saw out of both units.
"You can tell each day we're getting a little bit better, and that's the goal," he said. "You can't get too high with the highs, you can't get too low with the lows. We're just continuing to put the work in."
"We've got 3 more weeks of hard work ahead of us, and I think if we can keep progressing like this, we'll be ready to go game one," Southwick added.
In other Bronco news, defensive back Chanceller James will miss this season with an ACL injury. James red-shirted as a freshman last season. Coach Petersen called it a "bummer," saying he was counting on Chanceller to contribute this year.
Petersen also revealed next Sunday's public scrimmage will be a little different from what Bronco fans are used to.
"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," explained Petersen. "I think the fans might like that, to see some of the drills we run. They know what a scrimmage looks like, so we'll do something a little different."