By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
One scrimmage into the Boise State football team’s fall camp, the Broncos are no closer to identifying their starting quarterback.
The Broncos staged a scrimmage Saturday at Bronco Stadium. It was closed to the media and public.
The next scrimmage is at 7 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.
“They were average,” coach Chris Petersen said of his four quarterbacks. “It was good, get them into some live reps. It’s different than when you just practice. … We’ll be looking forward to coming out here next Saturday with a crowd and hopefully taking a step forward.”
Fans will get their first look at the quarterbacks — junior Joe Southwick, sophomore Grant Hedrick, redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea and true freshman Nick Patti — since the Spring Game, when Southwick starred.
Coaches haven’t identified a pecking order or front-runner this fall.
“There’s some separation, but it’s not enough to say, ‘OK, we’ve got our guy,’ ” Petersen said. “It’s not. Every time I start to think we might have our guy, we don’t have our guy. But we’ll have a guy.”
Meanwhile, the rebuilt defense put together an impressive showing after an up-and-down first week of camp.
“Never turns out like you think it’s going to,” Petersen said, “but it was back to your first natural, normal scrimmage — the defense did very well, created some turnovers and played hard. On offense, we had a few things going but we’d shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties, a turnover here or there. It was interesting. … I actually thought the offense would do more.”
Sophomore cornerback Deon’tae Florence, a late addition to this year’s recruiting class out of College of the Desert, earned Petersen’s “camper of the day” honor. He made two interceptions, forced a fumble and returned the fumble for a touchdown.
On offense, true freshman tailbacks Devan Demas and Jack Fields each had a couple of nice runs, Petersen said.
“We did really good,” senior cornerback Jamar Taylor said. “We’ve still got a lot of things to work on, though. We’ll go look at the tape, fix it and try to keep progressing through the summer.”
Camper of the day update (chosen by coach Chris 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.”
Day 6: RB D.J. Harper. “D.J. is running hard and making sharp cuts,” Petersen said. “He has been extremely precise in what he’s doing out here.”
Day 7: No practice.
Day 8: CB Deon’tae Florence. “Deon’tae had a really good practice,” Petersen said. “He made some big plays, and hauled in a couple of interceptions.”