By Chadd Cripe
Boise State senior captain Kyle Wilson said Wednesday the Broncos have heard the talk coming out of Oregon Ducks camp but still aren’t focusing on the season opener.
“We know what’s going on,” Wilson said. “But you know, that’s just not us. The game will be here before you know it. Just know, we’ll be ready.”
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and tight end Ed Dickson have heated up the budding rivalry with recent comments about the Broncos. Masoli said the Ducks will “take it to them” and Dickson said the Broncos are “one of those teams that really doesn't rub right with me.”
The Broncos haven’t said much publicly about the game, a rematch of their win last year in Eugene. They do talk about it amongst themselves.
“We talk about it a little bit,” Wilson said. “Definitely the focus right now is on us, but it will switch real soon — as soon as we get into a little bit of game-planning.”
The Broncos will hold the first of two fall scrimmages that are open to the public at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bronco Stadium.
“It’s finally time to cut it loose and just have fun out there,” Wilson said.
The Broncos practice twice Wednesday. In the morning session, nickel Winston Venable picked off starting quarterback Kellen Moore in the red zone. It was a rare turnover for Moore this fall. Later, fullback Dan Paul caught a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mike Coughlin, who zipped the ball into a tight spot.
The Minnesota Vikings released a depth chart Wednesday and former Boise State tailback Ian Johnson is listed on the third team with three other running backs. Former Boise State wide receiver Vinny Perretta is listed as a third-teamer, too.
The version posted on the Minneapolis newspaper's Web site didn't have Johnson listed, which caused some confusion.
The Vikings open the preseason Friday at Indianapolis.