By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State redshirt freshman quarterback Grant Hedrick has averaged 11.2 yards per carry on his package of read-option plays this season.
Hedrick, who scored his first college touchdown in the final minute last week at Fresno State, has six carries for 67 yards. He also tried a pass for the first time last week, throwing incomplete.
“Knowing that I only have a few opportunities to play in the game, I need to make them count,” he said. “I need to get positive yards for my team.”
Hedrick doesn’t get many snaps with the offense in practice. He estimates he takes fewer than 10 per day. The way the Broncos run practice, the starter (Kellen Moore) usually gets about 60 percent of the snaps and the backup (Joe Southwick) usually gets about 40 percent.
“Right now, it’s just basically mental reps,” Hedrick said. “That is a little bit difficult that I don’t get physically the reps, but I’ve got to stay on top of it mentally so hopefully I won’t lose anything this fall.”
Hedrick’s reps will increase significantly next spring, when he will get a chance to compete for the starting job. He said his fall camp went smoothly.
“I definitely learned a lot,” he said. “There’s still a ton I need to learn. It’s basically ‘learn on the run’ here. It’s a little overwhelming at times, but I’m starting to get the hang of it.”
This week’s game is a clash between a first-half team (Boise State) and a fourth-quarter team (Colorado State).
The Rams trailed 31-17 in the fourth quarter against San Jose State. They tied the game and lost 38-31.
They trailed New Mexico 10-7 in the fourth and won 14-10.
They trailed Colorado 21-7, pulled within 21-14 and gave up a late TD.
And they trailed Utah State 21-13 before scoring the tying touchdown and two-point conversion and winning in OT.
“Probably in their mind this could be an undefeated team,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “They play very hard. They don’t quit and they keep fighting. Those are always scary teams.”
Yesterday I wrote about the reduced number of sacks for Boise State’s defense. Here’s defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski’s take:
“A lot of that is out of our control, if the quarterback is going to get rid of it. Last week, (Fresno State) got rid of the ball really fast and they had been doing that before.”
Boise State opened 200 tickets for next week’s Air Force game. Check idahotickets.com for availability.
Boise State left tackle Nate Potter made ESPN.com’s mid-season All-America team.