Bronco football springs up on the Blue

Bronco football springs up on the Blue
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Spring drills have sprung up on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium. That means a lot of work for head coach Chris Petersen, who's getting his first glimpse at the newest version of his Broncos.

There's a lot to take in for Coach Pete, especially in his backfield. For the first time in six seasons, D.J. Harper will not be back there, but the Broncos do have seven other options to choose from. It's likely Jay Ajayi's starting job to lose, as he's the only running back on the team who ran for more than 200 yards for the Broncos last season (548 yards, and four touchdowns).

That being said, Ajayi has more than enough competition for the job. Derrick Thomas is a junior college transfer who's coming off a season where he piled up 829 yards and nine touchdowns for the Butler Grizzlies.

True-freshman Aaron Baltazar would like to think he's in the mix, as well. According to ESPN, the four-star running back recruit decided on Boise State after fielding offers from UCLA, Washington, Cincinnati, and San Diego State. He's got the talent to contribute early on, but Coach Pete has to decide if it makes sense not to redshirt Baltazar when there are five other options who don't have that option, and Jack Fields who is the only running back other than Ajayi to see playing time last year.

Of course, everybody has quarterback questions. Will Joe Southwick continue to start under center during his senior season? Or does that job go to one of Boise State's four other quarterbacks?

At his time one year ago, Nick Patti was a fan favorite, and possible replacement for Kellen Moore. Junior Grant Hedrick, and sophomore Jimmy Laughrea both added another year experience, and could make a case for more playing time.

The good news for Coach Pete and crew, there's more than enough playing time to go around in Spring football. The tough decisions don't happen until Fall ball.

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