The Broncos have had a fairly quiet week of Fall Camp, but they held their second scrimmage on Friday and Coach Harsin provided a little insight. Hopefully we will know more next Saturday when the Broncos host their fan fest event which will feature an open scrimmage (it has been more of a scaled down practice in recent years). Be sure to tune in, as I will be in attendance and provide a recap. Here are my takeaways from the past few days of camp:
- Tyler Horton appears poised for a big senior season. Harsin praised Horton for an interception he made and he was even the recipient of the new chaos bike. It would be highly entertaining to see this on the sideline, the belt is kind of overplayed.
Just caught up with Bryan Harsin following #BoiseState’s second scrimmage of fall camp.— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) August 18, 2018
Players that stood out: Riley Whimpey, Robert Mahone, Brett Rypien, John Hightower
Also, Tyler Horton recieved the “Chaos Bike.” Why? Watch... pic.twitter.com/t7tBvVVePo
- Harsin made another John Hightower reference (see above), it appears that he has made some impressive plays in both scrimmages. Bronco fans need to temper their expectations on Hightower though, Harsin made it clear that he is not Cedrick Wilson. I expect Hightower to make an immediate contribution, but it will likely be in a reserve role.
- Khalil Shakir will play as a True Freshman. If you follow Boise State recruiting, you are not surprised by this. Shakir was the highest rated recruit in a star studded class. Shakir will have to sort his way through the depth at wide receiver, but I expect the coaches to have some packages specifically for Shakir.
- Harsin did not mention another freshman standout in Stefan Cobbs. Cobbs was a standout in the early days of camp, but we haven’t seen much of him recently.
- Riley Whimpey is going to have an impact at linebacker, mark it down. Whimpey was solid in the scrimmage and it appears like he has excellent chance to start. Linebacker was the biggest area of concern for many Broncos fans, but I’m excited to see what guys like Whimpey and Zeke Noa bring to the table this season.
- Robert Mahone was mentioned specifically for his special teams play. Will he return the first kickoff of the season for the Broncos?
- Thanks to Jay Tust of KTVB for the great videos he has provided throughout camp. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @KTVBSportsGuy.
Thanks for reading and I will continue to keep you updated as the season approaches. If you missed them, check out the links below for some earlier camp updates and a season preview.