By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team’s kicker race has been narrowed to senior Michael Frisina and sophomore Dan Goodale, with Frisina kicking the best so far, coach Chris Petersen said Wednesday.
“Michael Frisina, I can see some growth there,” Petersen said at his first press conference of fall camp. “Dan Goodale at times shows really good flashes. It’s just all about consistency.”
Petersen said true freshman Sean Wale will continue to work as a kicker and punter but he doesn’t expect him to factor into the field-goal race.
Redshirt freshman Jake Van Ginkel won’t rejoin the team until school starts, the week of the season opener against Michigan State.
“I’m sure he’s kicking on his own,” Petersen said. “I haven’t figured kickers out. Maybe that’s going to help him and all of a sudden he comes in and is ready to roll.”
— Petersen said that junior quarterback Joe Southwick, the two-year backup, stayed with the veterans for the first four days while the other three quarterbacks rotated. “As we go forward, those guys are just going to have to earn reps,” Petersen said. Asked for a pecking order, he referred the media to quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith. Earlier in the day, offensive coordinator Robert Prince said that was a Petersen question. Petersen said the team needs to scrimmage more to identify the starting quarterback. He has two scrimmages planned and likely will insert some scrimmage periods into practice. “These guys are all kind of playmakers,” Petersen said. “Sometimes that’s what happens when you scrimmage — the instincts come out.”
— On the first five days of camp: “They’ve been good up to today. I thought our first day on the blue in pads was average in terms of our expectations of energy and focus. I thought they were focused, but I thought the energy needed to be better. Sometimes that’s what happens when you’ve got some youth there and some new seniors.”
— On the first-team offense, which has three TDs and a field goal in four game-like drives: “We have some experience on offense. We’ve got some guys on the O-line that may not have been starters but they’ve played. Coach (Chris) Strausser has done a great job with those guys. At receiver, we have some guys who know what’s going on there — a couple running backs as well. Joe (Southwick), he’s been around here four years and he should know what’s going on. I think all that added up.
— The Broncos don’t have a No. 1 for the second straight year. The last guy to wear the number was wide receiver Titus Young. It’s a popular jersey, Petersen said. “A lot of guys have asked for it,” he said. “It’s usually all those young guys who come in and see that there. You’ve got to do something before you wear that number.”
— Petersen says junior Matt Paradis is prepared to replace Cory Yriarte at center. Yriarte’s career was ended by a knee injury in summer conditioning. “If Matt stays healthy, we feel very good about him,” Petersen said. “He played some last year and did a good job. We’ve been really excited about him.”
— Petersen said he knew for “a long time” that Geraldo Boldewijn’s four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules was coming. “It’s unfortunate, it’s frustrating, no question about that,” he said. “We thought we had it figured out last time, but obviously we didn’t.” Boldewijn will miss the first four games of the season for the second straight year because of impermissible benefits from his high school host family.
— Senior fullback Dan Paul is fully cleared and is practicing. He was out for nearly a year with a groin injury that originally was week to week. “We’re really hopeful that Dan Paul can come back fully healthy,” Petersen said, “because he’s a really good player when he’s healthy. I just hope for his sake and all the things he’s been through, how long he’s been grinding at this, that he can have a good senior year.”
— Senior cornerback Jerrell Gavins has not been a full participant in practice. He is coming back from a serious knee injury. “Each day he does a little bit more,” Petersen said. “We’re trying to be smart and build him up. In his mind, he’s ready to go right now. It’s almost a fight every day with the trainers.”
— Walk-on Avery Westendorf of Cole Valley Christian has moved from tight end to offensive line.
The Broncos practiced Wednesday morning. It was the first day in full pads and as a full team. The first-team offense scored a touchdown on its game-like drive, again with a TD grab by wide receiver Matt Miller. Miller has all three TDs in those situations. Later, in another competitive situation, Miller made a fantastic catch in tight coverage along the sideline.
The camper of the day was senior linebacker Tommy Smith, whom I wrote about for Tuesday's paper.
The campers of the day so far (chosen by Petersen for Broncosports.com):
Day 1: N Corey Bell. “Corey had a great summer and came into camp in good shape,” Petersen said. “Mentally, he is really on top of things right now.”
Day 2: TE Holden Huff. “Holden is making plays for us out there, and we like playmakers,” Petersen said.
Day 3: DL Darren Koontz. “Darren had a really nice day,” Petersen said. “He was playing physical and much faster, and he was nice and disruptive today.”
Day 4: LT Faraji Wright. “Faraji showed up to this camp ready to compete,” Petersen said. “He has been playing at a high level from day one, and he has been extremely focused.”
Day 5: LB Tommy Smith. “Tommy has been extremely focused thus far in camp,” Petersen said. “He has been working extremely hard and is playing very physical football right now.”
Boise State has updated its roster with new heights and weights.