Boise State football: Holani scores in competitive scrimmage

The Boise State football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, and the Broncos offense had to overcome a little more adversity this time around, head coach Andy Avalos said.

Unlike last weekend when the offense outnumbered the defense most of the day, Boise State’s defense dominated the first half of Saturday’s game, Avalos told reporters Saturday night.

“If we want to improve, there will be back and forth,” Avalos said. “Otherwise, one side is better and the other is not.”

It took four attacking practices to get into a rhythm, but Avalos said the unit was able to make adjustments and win the final part of the scrum with explosive plays in the run game and engagement. distribute the ball in the passing game.

“It ended up flipping pretty quickly, so it was good to see the offense sticking to it and making some adjustments in the game and hitting some explosive plays,” Avalos said.

Avalos shared several observations from Saturday’s scrimmage with reporters. Here’s what he had to say.

The scrimmage was the same length as a regular season game.

Boise State hosted the scrimmage at Rocky Mountain High School to simulate travel for road games and everything that goes into game preparation, like team lunch, time with coaches and team warm-ups. pre-game.

The running game looked good for the second straight week, averaging 3.8 yards per chase.

Starting running back George Holani scored on a 75-yard run. Avalos praised the Broncos’ wide receivers for the way they blocked running backs on Saturday, especially on Holani’s long touchdown.

Holani and first-year running back Ashton Jeanty have looked explosive in kickoff returns in both Broncos scrums this fall.

Freshman James Ferguson-Reynolds and redshirt freshman Will Ferrin continue to dominate the battle to replace punter Joel Velazquez. Avalos called Ferguson-Reynold’s performance on Saturday “phenomenal.” Ferrin also handled kickoffs.

Boise State’s top three quarterbacks, senior Hank Bachmeier and redshirt freshmen Taylen Green and Sam Vidlak, all shared the ball on Saturday. Eleven players finished the scrum with at least two catches.

The competition between Green and Vidlak to be Bachmeier’s primary replacement will continue in the final two weeks of camp.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Eric McAlister caught several deep passes on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Azle, Texas, joined the Broncos last year as a three-star rookie but hasn’t played in any games.

Former wide receiver Kaden Dudley, who moved to running back this summer, had some great catches out of the backfield. Avalos said one of Dudley’s catches didn’t end until he dropped his shoulder and ran over a defensive back.

Redshirt sophomore slot catcher Cole Wright also got a shoutout from Avalos for a one-handed catch he landed on the sidelines.

Nickel Tyreque Jones played in Saturday’s scrimmage after being retained last week. Avalos said his presence had a ripple effect across the defence.

“It looks a little different when Ty Jones is in there,” Avalos said. “Now the guys are really able to refine their positions ahead of the season.”

The competition between Seyi Oladipo and Rodney Robinson to replace Jones at field safety will continue for the next two weeks, but Avalos said there’s a good chance they’ll both play this season.

“They both did a really, really good job in their second year with the time they were on the court,” Avalos said. “It’s much better than where they were last year.”

Avalos praised weakside linebacker DJ Schramm and defensive end George Tarlas for the second straight week. Schramm’s consistency appears to have made him a favorite to win the starting job that former Bronco Riley Whimpey held for five years. Tarlas has been the team’s best passing thrower so far this fall.

Training for the next two weeks will focus on preparing for specific opponents, including Oregon State, which Boise State faces when the season opener Sept. 3. Most players will also start lessons on Monday, which will reduce the time. they can spend on football.

This story was originally published August 20, 2022 7:59 p.m.

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Ron Counts is the Boise State football beat writer for the Idaho Statesman. He’s from Virginia and covered James Madison University and the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman in 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @Ron_BroncoBeat

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