By Chadd Cripe
Boise State linebackers coach Jeff Choate said Tuesday that he plans to identify his two starters after watching Friday's scrimmage.
Six linebackers are competing for the two jobs — Derrell Acrey, Hunter White and Daron Mackey in the middle and Tommy Smith, Aaron Tevis and J.C. Percy on the weak side. Choate wants to name two clear starters and let them play without worrying about being pulled if they make a mistake — kind of like the approach teams often take to quarterbacks.
Those could be difficult decisions for Choate. The linebackers have played well throughout fall camp and clearly have improved since last year.
"They're bringing it," junior safety Jeron Johnson said. "Coach Choate, he's done something to them. ... I'm not sure who has the edge on the starting spots, but whoever ends up starting I feel comfortable with them out there."
I'll have much more on the linebackers Friday.
Here's a video preview ESPN did for Boise State. Analyst Kirk Herbstreit says the Broncos will go 13-0 and crash the BCS.
Boise State senior cornerback Kyle Wilson has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
The defense forced a bunch of turnovers Tuesday, mostly on interceptions. Kicker Kyle Brotzman drilled a "game-winning" 47-yard field goal during a timed 2-minute drill.