By Chadd Cripe
True freshman Joe Southwick will enter the season as the No. 3 quarterback, Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said.
Southwick separated himself from fellow true freshman Mike Tamburo during fall camp. The original plan called for them to share the third-string job. Instead, Southwick will practice with the offense and Tamburo will run the scout offense.
“(Southwick) did a nice job,” Harsin said. “He came in here and grasped what we’re asking him to do. … We’re still letting Mike and Joe do a little competing in certain things and then we’ll kind of see how the year goes along.”
The No. 3 role will be a mental challenge for Southwick. He only gets a few snaps per practice with the offense. He also will lead the second-team offense through scout plays against the first-team defense in certain periods of practice. Most of his time will be spent observing starter Kellen Moore and backup Mike Coughlin.
The Broncos still plan to redshirt Southwick unless they need him.
Tamburo, meanwhile, will get much more playing time as he runs the scout offense but he won’t be running Boise State plays. He also works with the quarterbacks during individual drills.
The Broncos will hold their last scrimmage today and it is closed to the public and media. It won’t be much of a scrimmage, coach Chris Petersen said. He expects more situational plays and perhaps some scrimmaging for the younger plays. He doesn’t want to beat up his starters.
Harsin said the Broncos are close to nailing down the offensive line but wanted to see how the players performed today.
Boise State-Virginia Tech has company at FedExField outside Washington, D.C.
Indiana and Penn State will play a Big Ten game there Nov. 20, 2010. Boise State and Virginia Tech play Oct. 2, 2010.
The Washington Redskins will pay Indiana $3 million to move its home game there, according to The Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind.