Hamdan will lead off scrimmage

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

Senior Bush Hamdan will start with the first-team offense in the Boise State football team’s first spring scrimmage Friday at Bronco Stadium, offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said.

The practice begins at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Hamdan, who finished last season as the backup, has had a strong spring so far.

“He’s doing a nice job,” Harsin said. “Right now, until we get into that scrimmage, it’s hard to start making a lot of separation.”

The other three quarterbacks — junior Nick Lomax, sophomore Mike Coughlin and freshman Kellen Moore — also likely will appear with the first-teamers, Harsin said.

“We’ll get a good evaluation of all of them,” he said. “It will definitely change after that.”

The Broncos get a week off for spring break after the scrimmage. The last two scrimmages are April 4 and 11.

Harsin said he has been impressed with the springs of Coughlin and Moore, who are still learning the offense.

“Those guys have come in there and done a nice job of being prepared and playing well,” Harsin said. “ … They’ve accelerated their learning just by their preparation in the offseason.”

The four quarterbacks are about equal in practice time, which Harsin measures by the number of throws each quarterback gets. They have done a nice job leading an offense that is very young, particularly on the offensive line.

“I’ve been pleased with how the guys have responded,” Harsin said of the offense, “especially the young guys that are getting thrown into the fire at 100 miles an hour. They don’t hardly know the stuff, but they’re making up for it just by competing and giving great effort.

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We’ll have a feature on senior wideout Vinny Perretta in Friday’s paper. Perretta talks about his comeback from shoulder surgery, which ruined his junior season.

“I hate watching football games. I want to be playing them,” Perretta said. “… It was frustrating. It’s built up inside and I’m just ready to let it loose this year.”

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The Broncos don’t have enough players at many positions for three teams. That creates some odd matchups — senior starters against freshman backups, for example — when coaches try to pit third-teamers against third-teamers.

“Threes has become like ultimate fighting,” Harsin said. “We’re just throwing guys out there. You don’t know what you’re going to get.”

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