Lose gets scholarship; offense struggles

By Chadd Cripe

Boise State senior fullback Michael Lose has been awarded a scholarship, coach Chris Petersen said.

The Broncos gave scholarships to four walk-ons in the spring. Another scholarship became available and Petersen gave it to Lose, who also plays special teams.

“Lose has done everything exactly right in this program,” Petersen said. “He’s been a leader. He’s an excellent student. He’s been a mentor for the young guys. He’s kind of what being a Bronco is all about.”

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The Broncos offense struggled mightily Monday in both practices. The timing was off, passes weren’t caught and turnovers were rampant.

The best play the offense pulled off was an 80-yard scramble by sophomore quarterback Nick Lomax — who has never been described as fleet-footed.

The top three quarterbacks — senior Taylor Tharp, junior Bush Hamdan and Lomax — split time with the first team all day.

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Glenns Ferry High linebacker Cody Darrington (5-foot-10, 178 yards) has joined the Broncos as a walk-on.

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Walk-on wide receiver Nick Harris has left the team.

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Boise State and the WAC got some more national love today. Check out what href="http://cbs.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10293504" target="_blank">Dennis Dodd has to say about the Broncos, and what href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview07/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=2971687" target="_blank">ESPN.com says about the WAC.

DE

With the loss of Mike Williams at RDE for at least a few weeks do you think Ryan Winterswyk can step up?

DE

Actually, coach Chris Petersen said today that there has been no determination that Williams will miss an extended period of time. He's expected to return soon.

As for Winterswyk, he's a good player with quickness who should be able to fill in fine. Even if Williams starts, Winterswyk will play. Winterswyk also has benefited from Williams' absence, getting a bunch of quality practice time with the first team.

Chadd