By Chadd Cripe
The Boise State football team was a bit sharper Thursday on the second day of fall camp.
The offense and defense both produced some big plays. Quarterback Kellen Moore hit wide receiver Titus Young for a 50-yard touchdown pass down the sideline, over the head of standout cornerback Kyle Wilson.
The defense responded with four interceptions — one each by linebacker Derrell Acrey, cornerback Brandyn Thompson, linebacker Dave Wilson and Kyle Wilson. Thompson and Dave Wilson made their picks on back-to-back plays moments after coach Chris Petersen reminded the defense it was two turnovers short of the daily goal, which is three. Three of the picks came during 1-on-1 or 7-on-7 drills.
"Yesterday was a little rusty, obviously, with the first day," Moore said, "but I think today went pretty well."
The Broncos practiced in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex because of the morning rain — and still they didn't escape the elements. The storm knocked out the lights for nearly 20 minutes. The Broncos continued to practice in dusk-like conditions, including the period of practice dedicated to the hurry-up offense. Every time thunder rumbled overhead the tight ends let out a yell.
The Boise State quarterbacks are wearing black jerseys this fall instead of red. The change was made at the quarterbacks' request, Moore said. He credited backup Mike Coughlin with the idea.
The quarterbacks wear a different color jersey than the rest of the players so defenders know not to hit them.
"We thought the black was cooler," Moore said. "We just were joking around in the spring that we wanted to go black, so we got it."
Two Broncos suffered career-ending injuries playing softball this summer (Andy Silsby and Drew Hawkins). Petersen doesn't have rules against activities like softball, basketball, skiing and rafting — in-season or out.
"We have so many rules and restrictions, to now tell them they can't do that is making life no fun," Petersen said.
Petersen isn't particularly worried about in-season activities. The players are so busy, he said, they have little time for them.
However, pick-up basketball usually results in a rolled ankle each offseason, he said. Some football teams have banned their players from sports like basketball and skiing, Petersen said.
"I just know how much guys like to play (basketball) and I remember how much I liked to play when I was in college," he said.
Some of the Broncos' new offensive players made a bunch of nice plays Thursday, including receivers Geraldo Hiwat and Preston Minter and tailback Malcolm Johnson. Quarterback Joe Southwick has looked a little more polished than Mike Tamburo. The two quarterbacks will compete for the third-string job.