BOISE, Idaho The Boise State football team held its first open scrimmage of the spring, Thursday afternoon, in front of a small group of fans in Bronco Stadium. The first of three spring scrimmages was highlighted by consistent quarterback play, which led to four offensive touchdowns on the afternoon.
“The penalties were to a minimum,” Head Coach Chris Petersen said about the scrimmage. “[There weren’t] a bunch of turnovers. There was some good tackling out there. So I think we’re making progress.”
All three of Boise State’s returning quarterbacks saw equal playing time, Thursday, completing 28-of-50 passes for 396 yards as a group. Sophomore Kellen Moore (Prosser, WA/Prosser HS) completed 68.7 percent of his passes (11-of-16) for 141 yards with no touchdown throws and no interceptions.
“He’s got a pretty good command of what we’re trying to do and he’s an accurate thrower,” Petersen said about Moore’s performance. “Those two things always make for a nice combination.”
Redshirt freshman Drew Hawkins (Boulder, CO/Holy Family HS) did his best to share the spotlight, completing 10-of-17 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Hawkins’ first throw of the day resulted in a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Burroughs. He later completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Shoemaker (Meridian, ID/Mountain View HS). Burroughs (Meridian, ID/Meridian HS) finished the day with three catches for 86 yards and one score.
“Drew [Hawkins] is fast, first of all,” Petersen said. “He’s fast, and not just quarterback-fast. He’s becoming a more accurate thrower and learning the system. You see when things break down; those are always scary guys to the defense.”
Junior Michael Coughlin (San Diego, CA/Mira Mesa HS) also enjoyed a mistake free afternoon, completing 7-of-17 passes for 67 yards. Most importantly, however, Coughlin did not turn the ball over either. He did score the third offensive touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard run late in the scrimmage.
Junior D.J. Harper scored the first points of the scrimmage with a one-yard touchdown run on the fifth drive of the afternoon. Harper (Cypress, TX/Cypress Creek HS) finished the scrimmage with seven carries for 31 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
The Broncos will take next week off for spring break and will return to the practice field March 30 for another three weeks of practice. Boise State will host its second scrimmage of the spring Wednesday, April 8. Spring workouts will conclude Friday, April 17, with the annual Spring Game.