BOISE – The Boise State Broncos were in full pads Friday morning as they continue to work toward next Saturday’s spring game at Bronco Stadium.

It was their third practice this week since returning from spring break. Due to the overnight and morning rain, they worked inside the indoor facility for a second straight day.

Among the highlights from the two-hour practice was a nice 50-yard scramble for a touchdown by quarterback Grant Hedrick.

The backup quarterback position continues to be one of intriguing battles in spring camp. Hedrick played in eight games last season but redshirt freshman Nick Patti has been hyped since he committed to Boise State while in high school.

Both are mobile and can run – either by design or when a play breaks down – and that appears to be something the coaching staff plans to incorporate more into the offense this fall.

Senior Joe Southwick is the unquestioned starter, but Hedrick or Patti could see playing time in certain packages. Whether it’s Hedrick or Patti remains to be seen as the two continue to battle it out this spring. Redshirt sophomore Jimmy Laughrea might have the strongest arm of the group and could push for time in the future.

Southwick talked to the media after Thursday’s practice about the development of the other quarterbacks. That audio is to the left. More about the quarterback battle in an upcoming story in the Press-Tribune.

Other tidbits from the morning practice…

- Wide receiver Aaron Burks had a nice catch for a touchdown on a ball that was deflected by a defender.

- Tight end Holden Huff broke free for a long pass reception during a team drill. The offense celebrated what they thought was a touchdown before coach Chris Petersen ruled him down back near the 25. The offense eventually kicked a field goal, forcing the defense to run a sprint across the field and back.

- College of Idaho coach Mike Moroski watched practice again from the sidelines. The NAIA school will return to competition in 2014 after shutting down the football program in 1977.

- Petersen is giving the players the weekend off. They will practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week before Saturday’s 5 p.m. spring game at Bronco Stadium. They will finish the spring practice season with a closed workout the following Monday.

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


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