By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team is taking a different approach to its scrimmage Saturday. The coaches want fans to cheer for the offense or the defense based on which color roster card they receive. Fans with a blue card are asked to cheer for the offense and fans with an orange card are asked to cheer for the defense to create a more game-like atmosphere.
Here’s the scoring system that will be used:
Touchdown - 6 points ; Field Goal - 3 points ; Extra Point - 1 or 2 points
Touchdown - 6 points ; Turnover - 3 points; Fourth Down Stop - 3 points; Sack - 2 points; Safety - 2 points ; 3-and-out - 1 point; Hold to field goal inside Red zone - 1 point
The scrimmage begins at 7 p.m. at Bronco Stadium and admission is free. This is the only chance for fans to see the Broncos in action before the Sept. 3 season opener against Georgia.
The defense dominated the first scrimmage of the fall. That scrimmage was closed to the public and media.
“We got our butts whooped last time,” senior fullback Dan Paul said. “It was kind of a low-energy type of deal with no crowd. It’s definitely going to be a little different with the crowd out there. We’ll have to definitely bring it.”
Paul doesn’t mind the idea of the fans cheering for the defense.
“That’ll be interesting,” he said. “Our defense, give them props because they are definitely top of the line and they deserve to be cheered for just as much as the offense.”
Bob Behler and Pete Cavender will broadcast live from the scrimmage on KBOI (670 AM) and KKGL (96.9 FM).
My tailbacks preview ran in today’s newspaper. Here are a couple extra comments from running backs coach Keith Bhonapha:
On Malcolm Johnson: “Malcolm, when he was here (the first time), he was a downhill runner. Coming back he’s doing the same thing with a little more weight on him and he’s just as fast.”
On his goal for the group: “I want these guys to come out of the game knowing they played as hard as they could, their assignments were solid and that they had a good time doing it.”
On Jay Ajayi: “He shows flashes when he gets the ball in his hands that he has good speed. He shows some promise for the future.”
On Johnson and Drew Wright as backups: “They know what they’re doing and they can be somewhat effective. There are tweaks you have to do with both those guys, but they’re solid backup guys.”
Boise State has added the Mountain West logos to the field at Bronco Stadium. The purple-and-gray logos are at the 25-yard lines, with one in the northwest portion of the field and one in the southeast. The logos, which are much larger than the old WAC logos, were patched into the field with colored turf.