By Chadd Cripe
Boise State sophomore offensive lineman Cory Yriarte likely will miss the entire season with a knee injury, coach Chris Petersen said Saturday.
Yriarte was injured in Thursday’s scrimmage.
Yriarte was competing for a starting job at guard and the backup spot at center.
“He was in the mix,” Petersen said. “He’s definitely one of the top players. That’s a bummer.”
Yriarte started three games last season — one at center and two at guard. He provided flexibility because he could play all three inside positions.
Junior Kevin Sapien, junior Will Lawrence, freshman Brenel Myers and freshman Joe Kellogg are among the players competing at guard. Freshman Bronson Durrant is the backup center.
Yriarte is the only Bronco injured seriously so far in camp, Petersen said. Safety Jeron Johnson gave the Broncos a scare when he went down in pain during the scrimmage but he is fine, Petersen said.
Freshman wide receiver Aaron Burks, fresh off a strong scrimmage performance, outjumped cornerback Jerrell Gavins along the sideline to grab freshman quarterback Joe Southwick’s pass to provide the highlight of Saturday morning's practice. Burks took off for a 50-yard score.
Former Boise State tailback Ian Johnson had a strong debut with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. He carried nine times for 50 yards and had a 9-yard reception. The Vikings posted highlights of Johnson's night on their Web site.
Former Boise State tight end Chris O’Neill has a tryout with the Vikings on Sunday. O’Neill was converted to linebacker and then cut by the Oakland Raiders.
As first days go, Kirby Moore’s was pretty awful.
Moore, a true freshman wide receiver from Prosser, Wash., and brother of starting quarterback Kellen Moore, arrived in Boise on a Sunday in June.
He participated in his first player-run practice the next day. And while running a route, he broke a foot bone.
The next day, a surgeon placed a screw in the foot.
And nearly two weeks into his first fall camp, he still hasn’t been cleared for contact. That's expected to change soon.
“(The coaches) have really talked to me about how playing college football, not everything is going to go right,” Moore said. “It’s all about adversity and how you take it.”