BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State coach Chris Petersen announced the two-deep for the Broncos season opener against Weber State on Friday and included are three true freshmen and a starter at quarterback.
Senior Taylor Tharp (Boulder, Colo./Fairview HS) won a tight battle for the starting quarterback position, edging junior Bush Hamdan and sophomore Nick Lomax. Tharp has completed 32 of 47 passes for 359 yards and a two touchdowns during his two seasons as a backup to Jared Zabransky. He got significant playing time in three games during his sophomore season playing valuable minutes at Georgia, against Idaho and against Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.
In other contested position battles, junior Tim Brady (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly HS) earned a spot along side juniors Kyle Gingg and David Shields at linebacker, and freshman Jason Robinson (Los Angles, Calif./University HS) sits atop the depth chart at safety next to Marty Tadman.
Three true freshmen are listed on the depth chart as well. Wide receivers Titus Young (Los Angeles, Calif./University HS) and Austin Pettis (Anaheim, Calif./Lutheran HS) are listed as backups behind Jeremy Childs and Vinny Perretta. Cornerback Brandyn Thompson (Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin HS) is listed as a Orlando Scandrick's backup.