What to look for in today’s scrimmage
Boise State holds its first scrimmage of fall camp today (3 p.m.) at Bronco Stadium. It is the first chance for fans to see the 2009 Broncos — and for coaches and players to assess their play in something close to a game atmosphere.
Coach Chris Petersen said Wednesday that he wants to see increased intensity from his squad, while recognizing that “we’re not going to be a unit that’s jelled in all three phases.”
Instead, Petersen and the rest of the Bronco coaches want to see players taking steps to separate themselves.
Here’s what I am interested in seeing:
How far along is the offensive line?
It is the top priority for the offense this fall, finding a productive starting five along the line. If the quarterback is running for his life or the running game can’t get going, that will be a sign that the offensive line still needs to improve.
Who are the top linebackers?
New position coach Jeff Choate’s group has been very solid in practice. Choate has kept a steady rotation at the position, making sure veterans and youngsters alike get reps at the spot.
How is the kicking game?
Boise State is trying to find a new snapper and breaking in a new holder. Junior kicker Kyle Brotzman returns, seeking to return to his freshman form when he made 16-of-18 field goal attempts. Brotzman has looked good in practice.
What are you most interested in seeing at the scrimmage?
Notes from Oregon camp
• The Oregon offensive line — which is one of the top concerns for the Ducks entering the season — took a “giant step back” Wednesday, according to the Ducks’ offensive line coach in the Register-Guard blog. Oregon is trying to replace three departed starters along the line, including center Max Unger.
• Oregon, always on the cutting edge, has installed helmet cameras on its quarterbacks to give coaches a sense of what drills look like from the quarterbacks’ perspective. Pretty cool.
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