With most coaching changes, many fans expect the transition to be quick, seamless and yield immediate results.
Boise State fell far short of its Spring Game attendance goal of 20,000, as only 13,822 filled the stands.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s Spring Game offered a dose of reality to many Boise State fans expecting to see the full of extent of Bryan Harsin’s return to the glory days of Bronco football.
The annual Blue and Orange Spring Game saw both the offense and defense struggle during the game, with the first stringers pulling out a 21-7 win over the second team.
While the Spring Game brought many answers –such as strength along the defensive line as well as Jake Roh appearing as the missing link at tight end – many questions still remain unanswered.
“There was some good, some bad,” Harsin said following the game. “As you go back and forth a lot of things to work on and build from but plenty of positives
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford cemented Harsin’s comments with what he saw from the coaches box.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Sanford said. “We got a lot of things out of our offense, but we’re not where we need
The conclusion of spring practice still leaves many questions for the coaching staff to answer in the coming months.
Who becomes the back-up to quarterback Grant Hedrick? Thomas Stuart or Ryan Finley?
Who gets carries behind Jay Ajayi in the backfield?
Will the offensive line continue to be the Broncos’ Achilles heel?
Neither Stuart or Finely created much separation on Saturday. While Finley showed his arm injury from last year won’t be an issue, Stuart showed flashes of brilliance and athleticism Finley couldn’t match.
Stuart tossed a costly interception to a wide-open Darren Lee to tighten the gap between himself and Finley.
Harsin, Sanford and Hedrick all agree there’s been tremendous growth from
With the struggles along the offensive line and one returning starter competing during spring practices, much of Boise State’s offense struggled.
Electric playmaking was soon killed by defensive pressure causing the offense to be unable to stretch out any drives.
“You want to sustain drives; it’s great to move the ball in the open field, anybody can do that,” Harsin said. “Can you do it back to back? Can you do it in the red zone? Can you move down the field? We’ve shown signs that we can do that, but we’re not there yet.”
The Broncos made jumps this spring in implementing Harsin and Sanford’s offense to a young and inexperienced team, but there is still a long way to go before Boise State is back to dominating defenses the way they used to.