By Chadd Cripe
Last winter, Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said quarterback Kellen Moore’s next step might include calling his own plays.
That doesn’t mean he’ll be given an open playbook.
Petersen and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said it’s possible Moore will be given two plays in certain situations and the authority to choose the right play at the line of scrimmage.
“The chances for success are probably better than if we’re choosing it,” Petersen said.
Boise State doesn’t audible often. Petersen doesn’t like putting that much on the mind of the quarterback and that uncertainty in the minds of the other offensive players.
Allowing Moore to choose between two plays, when the entire offense knows that’s what’s happening, would be different, he said. Moore would be able to scope out the defense’s alignment before making his decision.
“You certainly want different plays (available) in an ideal world,” Petersen said. “That’s what we’re talking about, trying to create the ideal situation out there.”
Boise State added nine players to the roster Wednesday for the first day of practice. They are: LB Dustin Kamper, P/K Trevor Harman, WR Preston Minter, WR Jake Johnston, LB Billy Derome, DB Dane Turner, FB Joey Paul, LS Chris Roberson and CB Jerrell Gavins. The school didn’t provide any information on the players. All are freshman walk-ons except Gavins, who is a sophomore scholarship recruit.
Gavins was a late addition to the 2009 recruiting class. He is from El Camino Junior College and has four years to play three seasons. Petersen was able to talk about him Wednesday for the first time.
“He’s a real explosive player,” Petersen said, “and we think he’s going to fit in good with our numbers — the year that he is and the flexibility to redshirt or not.”
Sophomore Doug Martin will spend one 5-minute period per practice with the offense to stay sharp in case of emergency but likely won’t play an offensive role this year. Petersen hopes to develop him into a two-way threat later in his career.
Martin moved to defense to play nickel in spring ball.
“The hope is, down the road, a year or two years, we can also put him on offense and have a true package for him,” Petersen said.
Offensive lineman Bronson Durrant missed the first day of practice because he had his appendix removed, Petersen said. He should return to practice later this week but Petersen is unsure when he’ll be ready to run.
Moore made the watch list for the Davey O’Brien quarterback award.
When I talked to Petersen last week about Moore and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, he said he would like to have a dual-threat quarterback but he won’t compromise on accuracy.
“It’s always about the best quarterback,” said Petersen, who has had three different quarterbacks break the school record for completion percentage the past three seasons. “They can come in all different shapes and sizes and molds and it’s always going to come down to completing passes. That being said, we’d love a mobile quarterback, especially in college football. When things break down and that guy takes off, that can be as devastating and problematic for defenses as any sort of play.”
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