Tharp Leads Second Bronco Scrimmage

The amazing depth at quarterback is starting to show. With one week remaining in spring football, there is little separation between four quarterbacks battling to become the next great Bronco quarterback. Taylor Tharp, Bush Hamdan, Nick Lomax and Mike Coughlin have all been impressive this spring. The Broncos competed in their second public scrimmage this afternoon in Bronco Stadium.

Coach Chris Petersen's Boise State football team features a new group of players this spring, the majority of whom did not play in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.  Those non-starters are battling to make a name for themselves this fall.  Taylor Tharp led the Broncos in the second scrimmage of the spring this afternoon.  The senior signal-caller led the offense to two touchdowns, completing 9-of-11 passes for 122 yards.  Tharp connected with speedy Tanyon Bissell on a 41-yard strike, before finding freshman running back Jeremy Avery on a six-yard scoring pass. 

Avery led the Broncos in receiving with three catches for 32 yards but found the going tough on the ground with seven carries for 10 yards.  Jarvis Hodge sported an 8.3 yards-per-carry average, though, totaling 50 yards on six carries.  Receiver Aiona Key also had a nice 29-yard run on a reverse.

Junior quarterback Bush Hamdan enjoyed a solid effort, hitting 5-of-7 passes for 34 yards, while sophomore Nick Lomax was a perfect 3-of-3 for 30 yards.  Freshman Mike Coughlin, who was the most successful of the Bronco quarterbacks in the first scrimmage, was 3-6 for 58 yards today but suffered two interceptions.

Linebacker Tim Brady picked off the first Coughlin pass and sped 40 yards into the end zone, while safety Marty Tadman was credited with the second interception.  Tadman also ran another interception back 94 yards as he is known to do during the red-zone offensive series.

Bissell finished with two catches for 50 yards, with Jeremy Childs grabbing two passes for 49.  Nick Harris showed a few things with three catches for 30 yards while Evan Surratt hauled in three for 21.

The Bronco defense held the offense to just 50 yards rushing on 20 carries.

The Broncos close out spring ball with the annual Blue & Orange Game, set for next Friday night, April 13th at 6 in Bronco Stadium.  A crowd of 10-15,000 is expected to preview the new Bronco team.


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