By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore has enjoyed getting to work with some of the Broncos’ freshman receivers during fall camp — players who might be significant factors in the rotation this year.
Redshirt freshman Matt Miller, who was out for nearly a year with a torn Achilles tendon, and true freshman Dallas Burroughs, the speedy Rocky Mountain High grad, have received time with the first- and second-team offenses.
“A guy like Matt Miller, who I haven’t really worked with, it’s just nice to finally get a chance to get into a rhythm with him,” Moore said. “And you get young guys like Dallas out there, it’s just very exciting to see them progress.”
The Broncos are still trying to identify their top receivers for this season. Senior Tyler Shoemaker, sophomore Kirby Moore, sophomore Geraldo Boldewijn, junior Chris Potter and junior Mitch Burroughs seem like locks to play a role. That leaves Miller, Dallas Burroughs, sophomore Aaron Burks and true freshman Troy Ware trying to fight their way onto the field.
“It will probably be fine-tuned throughout the season,” Kellen Moore said. “There will be guys stepping up and doing different things. Certainly going into the first game we’ll have to establish who those core guys are going to be.”
Other highlights from Moore, who met with the media Tuesday for the first time during fall camp:
On the battle with the defense: “It’s challenging. Each side is installing different plays each day and sometimes things don’t match and sometimes things match.”
On the first scrimmage: “It wasn’t pretty. It was certainly a learning experience just to get out there, see plenty of mistakes and learn from them. Fall camp is a back-and-forth deal. I think the guys are excited about the second scrimmage.”
On his records: “Certainly we’ve been able to achieve a lot and we’ve been excited about that and we’ll enjoy it later.”
On backup Joe Southwick: “He really understands the offense. He’s really getting to that stage where he’s just playing and controlling the game.”
In Thursday’s paper, I’ll have a breakdown of what records Moore holds and which ones he’ll be chasing during his senior year.
Boise State is tied for seventh for the most NFL Draft prospects in ESPN.com's top 150, according to a tweet by draft analyst Todd McShay. The complete list will be posted later this week. Boise State has four of the top prospects. I would guess they are offensive tackle Nate Potter, tailback Doug Martin, defensive tackle Billy Winn and defensive end Shea McClellin. Moore also would be a contender.
The Broncos have the day off today. They practice Thursday and Friday and will hold their open scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bronco Stadium to close out fall camp. Admission is free.
School starts Monday.