Boise State coach Chris Petersen talks quarterbacks, spring ball, pro day, Kellen Moore, injuries

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Tuesday that the deciding factor in the Broncos’ quarterback battle may be a lack of mistakes, rather than a wealth of big plays.

“They can all play,” he said. “We know that. … It may, in a lot of ways, come down to who makes the least mistakes.”

Other highlights from Petersen’s weekly press conference:

— He said it’s too early to put a pecking order on the quarterback race. “The first couple days I thought everybody was kind of all right there and doing well, but we also knew as this thing went on you’d see probably the older guys separate a little more because they’ve had this stuff a lot longer. You kind of get to an overload point. … When these (young) guys can digest some things, they may catch back up.”

— On spring ball being one-third over (five of 15 practices complete): “That’s a scary way to look at it. I think we’re making progress. I know the guys are working really hard. That’s certainly part of spring ball, fall camp, those types of things — teaching them how to go hard and how to practice. That’s going well. The scary part is we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

— On evaluating spring ball: “We’re trying to get the parts right and then we’ll put the whole thing together and not only football-wise but chemistry-wise and leadership-wise.”

— The Broncos will hold a closed scrimmage Friday — no fans or media.

— On WR Geraldo Boldewijn: “It’s no different than any of the guys. We just want him to develop and improve and get better. I think Geraldo was typical of a lot of young players. It’s not all of a sudden, ‘I’m here. I’ve arrived.’ Sometimes it’s two steps forward, one step backward.”

— Former minor-league baseball player Hilton Richardson has moved from wide receiver to safety to nickel since walking onto the team last fall. He never played on a football team before joining the Broncos. “He’s a big, fast, strong athlete and we’re trying to see where he fits the best and how this thing goes.”

— Redshirt freshman safety Taylor Loffler has aggravated his knee injury, which is a concern, Petersen said. He tore an ACL before he came to Boise State.

— Wide receiver Mitch Burroughs will miss the rest of spring ball for an injury but it’s not a long-term problem.

— At least a couple of NFL head coaches will attend Boise State’s pro day Thursday. The workout is closed to the public.

— On Kellen Moore as an NFL prospect: “It’s a little bit hard for me to truly speak about that because I haven’t been there. Everything I see, which is obviously uneducated opinion, I’ve been around a lot of guys that have played in the NFL — nobody’s better at doing the things that a quarterback needs to do that I’ve been around. If the right system, the right people, will take him, he’s going to be in the NFL for a while.”

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I'd like to see

Doug Martin and Kellen Moore in San Francisco after the draft is over. Martin could spell Frank Gore for a year or two and Kellen could step in behind Alex Smith and throw to Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis. The 49ers have a great defense and could use a ball control quarterback that doesn't make mistakes.

Smith could falter

since '12 was a career year....Kellen steps in and plays well. Good plan.

San Francisco won't take either

First, the 49ers will stick with Smith for a while. Even if they don't, there is Colin Kaepernick. Kaep has a good arm, and is very mobile. Moore won't play with him around.

With Frank Gore, I don't think Martin ever plays either.

Oops

Not sure why this was duplicated.

Patti starts year 3rd string.....

....then comes off bench in 2nd quarter at Michigan State and leads Broncos to a big win. Eight years, two qb's.

Moore Martin

The draft will definitely be interesting this year. And, I believe the press is unfair and not responsive to currrent football in Division 1. At the beginning of the football season, Kellen Moore was on the front page of Sports Illstrated. Except for a fumble and/or a missed field goal, Kellen would probably have been drafted #1 or #2. However, losing one game and not being on ESPN after the start of the season has cost him. Can he go to San Francisco --- maybe. However, the 49er 2nd string QB is from Reno and he is pretty good himself. My guess is that Denver may pick Kellen in the 5th or 6th round if he is still available. I had him ready to go to Seattle by then; however, Seattle just signed Flynn. They signed Jackson last year and Whitehurst the year before. Seattle has not been good a picking QBs. Should have picked Moore!

The press if not consistent or fair. Remember the last game for Baylor QB RG3? Playing the 119th rated passing defense in a bowl game made him a "superstar". And, he is a very good QB. Would anyone who saw both Kellen and RG3 play really want RG3? Doubtful, but then again, consider ESPN, the inconsistent or unfair press and --- here we are!

Doug Martin has been rated as one of the top 5 running backs by some ESPN commentators evaluating the draft. And, he truly deserves that. I hope that Doug is treated well in the draft. Which team will draft someone like Doug and when? I am guessing 4th round and I believe he may end up in Minnesota or Chicago.

I will be at the Michigan State game and I am anxious to see what BSU will bring this year. I believe they will once again be competitive and good. As for BCS Bowls, I can only observe that the BCS teams have only beaten a non BCS team once (Hawaii lost to Georgia) in a BCS Bowl Game. Hence, it will become more and more difficult to allow a "little guy" in 2012 to beat up a "big guy". After all, if they did, the inconsistent or unfair press would be wrong.

Then, in 2013, will the Big East no longer be an AQ conference? Again, the big guys versus the little guys. Again, the big guys trying to protect their turf. Afterall, if we threw a party for our friends, and the invitation was worth millions, would we want to invite someone who does not "look" like us? It could be damaging if others got to know them. So, the inconsistent or unfair press will help the big guys protect themselves. Absent and ESPN contract, their will not be fair and impartial coverage by ESPN. Instead, ESPN wants to sell its own product; that is, the games they are televising and the players on those teams.

If the little guys were recognized as competitive and/or better, the inconsistent or unfair press would be wrong. Frankly, I do not envision the inconsistent or unfair press writing a story that acknowledges their poor prior coverage of college football greatness! Last year, would BSU and/or TCU have beaten LSU and Alabama? Likely.

Good luck to BSU and some of the other non AQ schools in 2012.

honestguy

A lot of great stuff in your (double) post. Great optimism and forward thinking. Dougie's great, ESPN sucks, Seattle cant pick a decent QB, the Broncos will continue to do good things etc.... All have some factual basis that most can agree on.

However, as much as I think Kellen is underrated, and he is, I dont believe a game winning FG against TCU would have made him any different in the eyes of NFL scouts and GM's. He is who he is. A very good pocket passer with great instincts with an average arm and below average height (for the NFL). Now dont get me wrong, I believe hes one of the best college football players in the last 25 years. Wins are what any athlete is measured by. The NFL is a different game. He can succeed there, no question. But he needs a system that fits and an opportunity. Both are hard for any player to get, even the best ones.

Kaepernick is what the NFL

seems to be looking for in a QB - tall, fast, strong arm ... but I don't think he will ever develop into an NFL QB even with the raw tools that teams are drawn to. His strongest talent in college was running the pistol offense, and run first QB's aren't a prized possession in the NFL, just ask Tim Tebow. Kaepernick didn't seem to improve as a passer over his 4 years at Nevada Reno and I don't know that he'll improve in the NFL. He realized his full potential as a QB in the triple overtime game against BSU during his freshmen year.

I think Doug Martin will go in the 2nd round which would mean that the 49ers would need to trade their late first round pick to a team looking to fill a need that could part with 2nd & 3rd round picks. Even though I think Kellen is great, I don't see him going until round 6-7. I just hope that he goes to a team where he will get an opportunity to grow and be a part of a team with some talent around him. Andrew Luck cannot be to excited about the possibility of playing in Indianapolis next year.

Moore Martin

The draft will definitely be interesting this year. And, I believe the press is unfair and not responsive to currrent football in Division 1. At the beginning of the football season, Kellen Moore was on the front page of Sports Illstrated. Except for a fumble and/or a missed field goal, Kellen would probably have been drafted #1 or #2. However, losing one game and not being on ESPN after the start of the season has cost him. Can he go to San Francisco --- maybe. However, the 49er 2nd string QB is from Reno and he is pretty good himself. My guess is that Denver may pick Kellen in the 5th or 6th round if he is still available. I had him ready to go to Seattle by then; however, Seattle just signed Flynn. They signed Jackson last year and Whitehurst the year before. Seattle has not been good a picking QBs. Should have picked Moore!

The press if not consistent or fair. Remember the last game for Baylor QB RG3? Playing the 119th rated passing defense in a bowl game made him a "superstar". And, he is a very good QB. Would anyone who saw both Kellen and RG3 play really want RG3? Doubtful, but then again, consider ESPN, the inconsistent or unfair press and --- here we are!

Doug Martin has been rated as one of the top 5 running backs by some ESPN commentators evaluating the draft. And, he truly deserves that. I hope that Doug is treated well in the draft. Which team will draft someone like Doug and when? I am guessing 4th round and I believe he may end up in Minnesota or Chicago.

I will be at the Michigan State game and I am anxious to see what BSU will bring this year. I believe they will once again be competitive and good. As for BCS Bowls, I can only observe that the BCS teams have only beaten a non BCS team once (Hawaii lost to Georgia) in a BCS Bowl Game. Hence, it will become more and more difficult to allow a "little guy" in 2012 to beat up a "big guy". After all, if they did, the inconsistent or unfair press would be wrong.

Then, in 2013, will the Big East no longer be an AQ conference? Again, the big guys versus the little guys. Again, the big guys trying to protect their turf. Afterall, if we threw a party for our friends, and the invitation was worth millions, would we want to invite someone who does not "look" like us? It could be damaging if others got to know them. So, the inconsistent or unfair press will help the big guys protect themselves. Absent and ESPN contract, their will not be fair and impartial coverage by ESPN. Instead, ESPN wants to sell its own product; that is, the games they are televising and the players on those teams.

If the little guys were recognized as competitive and/or better, the inconsistent or unfair press would be wrong. Frankly, I do not envision the inconsistent or unfair press writing a story that acknowledges their poor prior coverage of college football greatness! Last year, would BSU and/or TCU have beaten LSU and Alabama? Likely.

Good luck to BSU and some of the other non AQ schools in 2012.

Kaepernick and Brees

I guess I was not clear. Sorry about that. I believe that Kellen Moore can play in the NFL. I believe that his game is "cerebral". He has the tools and will need time to develop. I am interested in watching watch Coach Gruden has to say about Kellen Moore. And, Kellen will be drafted, albeit admittedly, in a later round. And, I believe that is because of the poor press or the lack of press after the beginning of the season. After the Georgia win, ESPN had to "interpret" to sell its own product. Kirk Herbstreet pretty much said the same thing and I like watching Kirk.

My wife and I travel the country and have for years watching football. We try to pick a new place or a great team each year. I remember the 2001 Rose Bowl with a guy named Brees. Under rated Purdue QB. Little guy. Slow. He seems to have done OK. And, until I saw Kellen Moore, Brees was the best college QB I had seen. And, Brees had to wait for his opportunity too.

Kaepernick is a different type of QB. He is not vertically challenged and he has shown he can be really fast. But unlike other 2 dimensional QBs, he impressed me with his "quickness". I like Alex Smith too and am interested in seeing this QB controversy develop. Don't be surprised if Kaepernick has a great career.

By the way, I also went to the Super Bowl to watch Manning versus Brees. Manning is now the highest paid QB in the NFL. Brees was better in that Super Bowl in my opinion. Manning was pretty good too though!

I have seen Unitas (my fan favorite), Favre, Romo, Moon and many others. I believe Kellen Moore can be great. The opportunity has to be there and the timing has to be right. Some QBs were not drafted very high and they had pretty good careers.

The jury is now out. Can't wait to see the final verdict on Moore.

You forgot Apple pie and Chevrolet.

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Pro Day

"At least a couple of NFL head coaches will attend Boise State’s pro day Thursday. The workout is closed to the public."

Think I can sneak in with a video camera? I can call in "sick" from work. Also, TBK's office is right there. Maybe he knows some good hiding spots.

Pro Day and Being Cynical

Great comment. I would love to be a "bug" in the stadium when the work outs are going on.

As to Apple Pie and Chevrolet, living on the West Coast, I may miss a bit of the mean spirit of some of the locals from the other post. For instance, Oregon and Oregon State are great football programs. I could point out that BSU beat both Oregon and Oregon State twice each in the past few years. And, as I recall, Oregon did not get a first down until midway through the 3rd quarter. Of course, I would not be Apple Pie and Chevrolet if I pointed that out, so I won't.

Then, I point out that my perspective is a bit different from many. I am a "legal immigrant". That being said, I try to view things from my perspective, untainted by the press and the naysayers. However, without ESPN, Kellen Moore did not have a chance. ESPN sells their own product, and frankly, after the first few weeks, Kellen Moore was not it!

The press and ESPN (or the big schools) wanted RG3 to play one of the worst, if not the worst, secondary in the BCS program. Although RG3 is a good QB, the other teams should not be confused with a seemingly great performance in a bowl game. And I like RG3. I just do not believe he is in the same league as Kellen Moore.

The proof will be in the pudding so to speak. However, like other great QBs that came in the late rounds, Kellen will need a break and then need a bit of time to develop. The good news is now that Denver has traded Tebow (who I like also), maybe there is another place to get drafted late? Manning is no Brees, but he is a great QB and one who can tutor a young QB.

So, I am sorry if I am Apple Pie and Chevrolet, but I only own cars manufactured in the USA, do you?

Darn it!

I forgot to go to the Pro Day. I'm sitting here at work thinking about my paycheck, and it slipped my mind I was going to play hookey. Oh well.