By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team’s defense dominated the Spring Game on Saturday evening at Bronco Stadium, winning 21-13.
Here are some quick thoughts:
— The Broncos’ defensive line, dominant most of last season, controlled the scrimmage. The defense scored its points on six three-and-outs, five sacks, one interception and two red-zone stops. A sixth sack was not accounted for in the scoring.
— Sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Hiwat was the offensive star. He had five catches for 97 yards, including a 49-yarder that set up a field goal and catches of 22 and 18 yards that led to another field goal.
— The quarterback play was not impressive. Sophomore Joe Southwick was 7-of-17 for 120 yards with an interception, leading the offense to its two field goals. Freshman Grant Hedrick was 7-of-13 for 52 yards and ran for a 10-yard touchdown on the final play of the scrimmage. Senior Kellen Moore was 5-of-14 for 50 yards, often missing completions by inches.
— The two most impressive plays might have been Doug Martin’s leap over cornerback Jamar Taylor in the open field and Trevor Harman’s ridiculous punt that landed 75 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Broncos spent most of the spring indoors and Harman kicked punts from sideline to sideline that hit at the roofline. The problem, coach Chris Petersen pointed out, is he has two extremes — extremely long and woefully short — with little in between.
— Senior defensive tackle Billy Winn was injured in the closing seconds of the scrimmage. Petersen said he doesn’t think the injury is serious.
— The attendance was 14,445, a school record.
— Players who didn't participate: WR Troy Ware, TE Kyle Sosnowski, TE Chandler Koch, TB D.J. Harper, C Thomas Byrd, WR Mitch Burroughs, OL Cory Yriarte, DE Nick Alexander, S Travis Stanaway, S Cedric Febis, LB Byron Hout, CB Ebo Makinde, N Billy Derome, N Jonathan Brown, DL Darren Koontz, DE Kharyee Marshall and DT Chase Baker. WR Matt Miller was in uniform but I don't think he played. He hadn't done any contact drills all spring.
Here are some quotes:
“It’s always good when one side doesn’t perform well, that they come back. It’s probably good and impressive that our defense finishes on a high note. When you’re going against yourself, I think your defense overall should probably have the upper hand.”
“If (Hiwat) can keep taking strides like he has last season, and this spring ball, he’ll be a nice weapon for us.”
“(Southwick) is going to be a really good player. The main thing he needs to work on is just those ill-advised throws. He needs to get himself in these situations — not only against our defense, but to put the people in the stands, it changes the chemistry, the energy. I can’t thank Bronco Nation enough for coming out. It really helps the guys, it helps the team, prepare for what’s in store.”
“Two things that really show (on defense) are three-and-outs — people don’t talk a ton about those and I think defensive coaches do — and the other big one that people appreciate but I don’t know if they know significant they are is sacks. And so we put some point values on those things and it really showed up today.”
QB Kellen Moore:
“It wasn’t that great on our side. When you play 15 practices against the same defense, you’re going to have good days and bad days and I think overall it went pretty well.”
DE Shea McClellin:
“We wanted to come out here and dominate. We wanted that mindset. Offense, they killed us last time.”
QB Joe Southwick:
“I’m still very pleased with the overall progression of spring. The next step for me when we hit fall camp is just eliminating those turnovers … because we’ve got to be a high-efficient offense through the quarterback. That’s on me.”
CB Jamar Taylor on Doug Martin’s leap:
“That’s Doug Martin. I don’t know what more you want from me. He’s a great running back. I kind of looked at him. He looked at me. I was like, ‘You’re not about to run me over.’ I tried to take the little leg shot and that’s Doug Martin. I came back the next play and got a sack.”
WR Geraldo Hiwat:
"The second half of my spring was definitely better than the first half of spring, but I'm just trying to stay more consistent."