Freshmen battle for third-string-QB, long-snapping jobs

By Chadd Cripe

Four freshmen are engaged in battles for two jobs that coaches hope will have a low profile this season.

New recruits Joe Southwick and Mike Tamburo are competing to become the third-string quarterback because the Broncos only have two returners at the position. Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin plans to develop them both and redshirt them unless there's an emergency situation.

The plan is for the two players to rotate between the offense, where the third-stringer doesn't get many snaps during the season, and the scout offense.

"I think it puts a new sense of urgency on everything they do," coach Chris Petersen said.

Meanwhile, walk-ons James Crawford (redshirt freshman) and Chris Roberson (true freshman) are competing for the long-snapping job.

“We’re going to put a guy out there who’s going to be very reliable,” Petersen said, “and nobody is going to know who he is because he’s going to be doing his job so well.”

I'll have much more on both jobs in Monday's Idaho Statesman.


Junior linebacker Derrell Acrey had a big morning Sunday with two interceptions of backup quarterback Mike Coughlin. The first was a pick six as the Broncos worked on their hurry-up offense. Junior wide receiver Titus Young continued to make explosive plays, beating Kyle Wilson deep down the sideline during 7-on-7.