By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
I met with Boise State coordinators Bryan Harsin and Pete Kwiatkowski yesterday. Here are some odds and ends, in addition to the news I reported last night:
Boise State did most of its work on improving its efficiency on deep balls during the spring. Harsin is confident quarterback Kellen Moore has improved, but he also doesn’t expect a major change in philosophy.
“Kellen’s so good at that quick game, that quick-strike pass game,” Harsin said. “That’s one of his strengths.”
Harsin was impressed with junior tailback D.J. Harper during camp. Harper returned from a torn ACL.
“He made a case for himself to be on the field,” Harsin said. “I didn’t feel like that guy came in and kind of felt his way back through it. He looks better than I’ve seen him, which is great for him after what he went through.”
Right tackle Brenel Myers had a strong camp and seems to have nailed down his spot. Center Thomas Byrd had his best fall camp, Harsin said, but remains locked in a battle with Joe Kellogg to regain his spot.
Harsin thinks it’s important to identify a backup quarterback this season. During most 11-on-11 sessions, the starters get six snaps, the backups get four snaps and the starters get up to six more snaps. That’s not much practice time for the backup quarterback — particularly if it’s freshman Joe Southwick — so sharing reps isn’t practical.
“I know come game week we’ll know who the backup is going to be … so in their mind they can be very focused in on those reps they get in practice,” Harsin said.
Kwiatkowski expects to have some nerves for the opener, his debut as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator after four years as the defensive line coach.
“I guarantee I’ll be a lot more nervous now than I have been in the past,” he said.
But he doesn’t expect fans to notice a difference.
“I hope not,” he said. “We were pretty good.”
Kwiatkowski is expecting contributions from redshirt freshmen Kharyee Marshall (end) and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (tackle). Throw in junior-college transfer Tyrone Crawford (end), and that’s three linemen in the rotation who will make their college debuts against Virginia Tech.