BOISE – The Boise State Broncos were in full pads for Wednesday’s practice on the blue turf, just three days before the annual Spring Game inside Bronco Stadium.
Coach Chris Petersen met with the media following practice. The audio is to the left, but here are a few of the highlights of his session with reporters…
SPRING GAME: Petersen was asked a lot about the Spring Game and what he hopes to see.
“We want to see both sides execute a little bit,” Petersen said. “That’s always hard as the head coach. Definitely don’t want to see one side dominate, but I’d like to see both sides execute a little bit and then some individuals up and make some plays.”
Petersen said the offense won the first scrimmage of the spring, something that usually doesn’t happen early in camp. Because of that, he expects the defense to play much better on Saturday.
“Usually that’s what happens, when one side gets challenged the other guys come out there pretty good,” Petersen said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
Gates open at 4pm for Saturday’s game with kickoff set for 5pm.
BUSY DAY: Saturday figures to be a busy day with the Beat Coach Pete run in the morning and the Spring Game in the evening. Several other events are taking place on campus as well during Bronco fest.
“It’s a good day,” Petersen said. “A lot of activity. It goes very fast. It seems like we get a lot of work done starting with the run in the morning and then a lot of activities on campus. We’ll have recruits on campus and then we get a chance to have the spring game.
“I think the best thing about the Spring Game is just having people in this stadium, it definitely changes things for the players. They haven’t had that all spring and just to get some different energy in the stadium, the performance anxiety goes way up. It changes everything.”
Asked about the recruiting aspect of Saturday’s game, Petersen said, “It’s always big. We’re always recruiting and we’ll have some guys on campus and it’s always a good day when we get guys on campus.”
KICKER BATTLE: The battle at kicker between Dan Goodale and Tyler Rausa will apparently linger into fall camp.
Goodale, a Timberline High graduate, was the primary kicker as a redshirt freshman in 2011 but was beat out for the spot last year. Rausa is a transfer from Riverside Community College and comes with strong numbers.
“We do not, said Petersen when asked if they had a leader. “I think it’s your typical kicker battle. One day we think we have a leader and the next day the other guy is the leader. The important thing is we find one guy that can get it done for us when it really matters, when a little pressure is on them.”
UP NEXT: The Broncos will practice again Thursday morning in advance of Saturday’s game. The Press-Tribune will continue to keep you covered this week with daily stories on BSU football leading into the conclusion of spring ball. Much more from Petersen's Q&A with reporters in Thursday's paper.