By Chadd Cripe
© 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.”