BOISE, Idaho Boise State freshman running back Jeremy Avery burst on the scene to Bronco fans in the second scrimmage of Fall Camp as he recorded 88 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Avery began the scrimmage by losing four yards on his first carry and recording a no gain on his second, but it was his fifth touch that made everyone take notice. With the Broncos on their own 37-yard line Avery took a handoff from Mike Coughlin and bounced it outside to go untouched for a 67-yard touchdown. His second touchdown came from the 2-yard line when he went off-tackle on the left side and ran over a linebacker for the score. Avery also had a 16-yard reception from Kellen Moore on third down to sustain the drive.
“The offensive line was blocking really well up front and they gave me the opportunity to get to the open-field for the 67-yard touchdown run,” Avery said. “It gives you a lot of confidence being behind a line like that.”
On the day the offensive line paved the way for the running backs to rush for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries for 4.0 yards per carry, D.J. Harper led the team in carries with 11 and was second in running yards with 43.
Bush Hamdan led the offense to the first two scores of the day. On the first drive with Hamdan at the helm, the offense went 46 yards in 7 plays as Kyle Brotzman converted a 51-yard field goal to register the first points of the scrimmage. Hamdan’s second drive resulted in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tanyon Bissell. The drive lasted 10 plays and covered 70 yards with the key play coming on a 22-yard run by Doug Martin. For the scrimmage, Hamdan went five for 11 for 37 yards and one touchdown.
Coughlin led the quarterbacks in rating as he registered a 122.83 on four of nine passing for 84 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown on a four-yard option. Taylor Tharp finished the scrimmage six for 10 and 52 yards. Lomax also saw snaps at quarterback and went five for 12 for 60 yards and an interception. Kellen Moore was two for six for 19 yards.
Jeremy Childs led the receivers with 75 yards on five catches. Tyler Shoemaker had two receptions for 74 yards including a 51-yarder from Coughlin.
Head coach Chris Petersen had mixed feelings about the way the team played.
“I thought our defense was definitely better,” Petersen said. “It was good to see those guys play much better and much improved. Offensively we had way too many penalties, dropped balls, the ball came out too many times, so we have to get that cleaned up rapidly. I think we are getting better and it was good to put our guys in this environment here. It was nice to have the fans out here because that always changes things. We are making progress.”
The Broncos conclude 2007 Fall Camp Sunday, August 19.