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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:47 pm

Boise State's first spring scrimmage will be held Wednesday, but will not be open to the public. Stats also will not be kept, but I certainly will give you my impressions of the action when all is said and done tomorrow evening. Keep in mind the next scrimmage is the spring game, April 16, and it is open. With that, I thought I'd highlight some guys I've noticed thus far in the spring who may make an impact sooner than later.

Joe Southwick, QB

I know us media types have said plenty about Southwick basically since he arrived, but the sophomore-to-be has continued to improve here in the spring. He's got the right attitude and as we saw in the fall, he's got some athleticism. I've seen him break at least a half-dozen runs so far that would've covered about 20 yards. Freshman Grant Hedrick has also shown a nice mix of speed and arm strength, but Southwick has taken a step forward.

"Joe's competitive," offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "The one thing about him, is I think he's really doing a better job of anticipation, knowing where his receivers are, where the defense is coming from."

Jake Broyles, OG

I won't lie, Broyles came out of nowhere. As a redshirt freshman last fall, he seemed like a guy that might be a scout teamer for a year or two, but late in the year, he impressed when he got into the game during blowouts. Well, he's continued to impress, and has seen most of the snaps at right guard with the first-team offensive line.

"Now he knows what's going on, how things come at you, and it gives you confidence," Pease said. "Having that right side settled in the spring (with Charles Leno at tackle) would be huge so those guys can continue getting comfortable with one another."

Kirby Moore, WR

It shouldn't be much of a surprise, considering he played in 2009 before redshirting last season, but Moore has been solid. He's flashed nice hands across the middle and also seems like the heir apparent to Austin Pettis in red-zone situations.

"He's a Moore, so he's certainly a smart guy," receivers coach Robert Prince said. "I haven't been around him as much as everyone else, but I like how he's a hard worker and he's a good route runner, so he knows where to be."

Ebo Makinde, CB

Though Jerrell Gavins and Jamar Taylor are the front-runners to start, guys like Makinde are battling for playing time. The sophomore had four tackles in eight games last season. The Phoenix native is renowned for his speed (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds last summer), and has turned some heads with a few picks in the spring.

"I think on the defensive side, Ebo Makinde is a guy that is getting those chances and making the most of them," quarterback Kellen Moore said.

Tyler Horn, DE

The grayshirt from Mountain View High may not necessarily play this season, but the guy definitely looks the part. He's 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, adding about 30 pounds in less than a year before practices began. He's got a Winterswyk-esque look to him and has a great opportunity to learn from Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford.

"I think Tyler Horn was one of those guys who fit in right away," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.

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