BOISE - It finally looked like real football Friday as the Boise State Broncos strapped on full pads for the first time of fall camp. The intensity and energy level was easily the highest it’s been since camp started on Monday. Friday also marked the first full-squad workout. The veterans and newcomers had been split the first four fays. Fridays practice was also the first practice of fall camp on The Blue.

Highlights: The first day of full pads meant the first Bronco Drill of fall camp. Players went full-go in one-on-one blocking drills as their teammates watched and cheered. Freshman Nick Terry provided a highlight from the drill, shedding his blocker to make a tackle. Players begged for one more drill after coach Chris Petersen initially blew the whistle to move on to the next session of camp. Petersen allowed one final drill, but said the losing side (offense or defense) had to run a sprint if they lost. The offense lost and had to run across the field and back. … Wide receiver Dallas Burroughs broke free from his defender and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Southwick during the team portion of practice. … Geraldo Boldewijn went up and made a nice catch on a 50-50 ball in traffic with two defenders on him. … Defensive back Promise Amadi had a nice interception during team drills. … Offensive and defensive lineman had another one-on-one blocking session towards the end of camp. Freshman defensive end Austin Silsby was among the standouts, getting by the offensive lineman and to the quarterback on three straight plays.

Notable: Boise State 2014 commit Hawkins Mann watched practice from the sidelines. Mann, who will be a senior at Borah High this fall, committed to Boise State back in June. … A scout from the New York Jets attended Friday’s practice. The scout said he had his eye on a couple of senior prospects on the Boise State roster.

Quotable: “It felt good. It’s been a long summer. It’s always good to get on the pads and make some real contact and get the Bronco Drill going so I can have some fun going full-go against the d-line. We have a great relationship with the d-line and we love getting after it and competing. … It’s going pretty good. Our main mission every day is to compete and improve and I think everyone is improving. It’s great to see.” – Senior center Matt Paradis.

Up next: The Broncos will practice again Saturday morning, the sixth consecutive day of practices to begin fall camp.

Video from the blocking drills and audio from a group interview with Paradis will be posted in this blog shortly.

  • B.J Rains covers Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press-Tribune. He also makes daily appearances on ESPN Boise.

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