By Chadd Cripe
The Broncos are so young in the secondary that the only senior is a player who wasn’t a defensive back last year.
Ellis Powers, who was a blitzing linebacker and special-teams phenom last year, has moved back to safety this spring. Powers played safety his first three years at Boise State.
Powers made the move this week, after missing the first two weeks of spring with a shoulder injury.
“He wanted to do it,” defensive backs coach Marcel Yates said. “We’re pretty deep at linebacker. We felt like he could help us out.”
The other safeties are four freshmen and two sophomores. The Broncos’ projected starting secondary is made up of three sophomores — safeties Jeron Johnson and Jason Robinson and cornerback Brandyn Thompson — and junior cornerback Kyle Wilson.
“The future is bright,” Yates said.
We’ll have more on the defensive backs later this week.
Getting anyone to commit to a player who is rising at quarterback is darn near impossible. Freshman Kellen Moore and coach Chris Petersen both said Monday that the race has had many ups and downs.
“We all have our days,” Moore said.
More on the quarterbacks in Wednesday’s paper.
Petersen said the Broncos will scrimmage less than usual Friday, when the team practices at 3:30 p.m. at Mountain View High in Meridian. He expects 50-60 plays.