Hamdan misses scrimmage

Boise State junior quarterback Bush Hamdan did not play in Saturday’s scrimmage at Bronco Stadium. Hamdan bruised his throwing hand by hitting it on a helmet at practice Wednesday.

Hamdan’s throwing ability was hampered Thursday and Friday, but he expected to play in the scrimmage. However, he did not have enough strength in the hand to play.

Hamdan is expected to practice Monday, the team’s next scheduled workout. Coaches were uncertain how his missed practice time will affect the search for a starter.

Senior Taylor Tharp and sophomore Nick Lomax appeared sharp in Hamdan’s absence.

Tharp was 7-for-13 for 116 yards. He led a drive that ended with a fumble at the goal line, one that resulted in a touchdown and one that reached the 2-yard line.

Lomax tossed a 42-yard pass to tailback Ian Johnson and threw a touchdown pass that was called back by a holding penalty. He was 8-of-13 for 93 yards.

True freshman wide receiver Titus Young was one of the scrimmage standouts. Young had five catches for 67 yards and two rushes for 12 yards.

I’ll post more on the scrimmage later tonight. Also, we’ll have coverage of the scrimmage and Brian Murphy’s column about the quarterback race in tomorrow’s Idaho Statesman.