Wednesday, Mar 31 at 9:54 AM
Wednesday, March 31, 2010.
That Kellen Moore would appear on Matt Hayes’ list of top 25 college football quarterbacks for 2010 in the Sporting News is a given, isn’t it? In fact, Hayes rates Moore No. 2 behind Ryan Mallett of Arkansas. Hayes uses a quote from Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to support his choice, citing the strengths Bronco fans have come to know and love: decisions, taking care of the ball, and improvisation.
Two other WAC signal-callers made the cut as well. Colin Kaepernick of Nevada is 19th. Seems reasonable. Right behind him at No. 20 is Nathan Enderle of Idaho. “If our football team ends up being ranked as high as our quarterback, a lot of Vandal fans will be happy,” said coach Robb Akey. How far has Enderle come since he was a freshman? Maybe there’s some perspective here: Hayes has TCU’s Andy Dalton at No. 24.
Coach Chris Petersen has his own take on the phenomenon known as Kellen Moore. When you first see Moore play, you think he has as good an instinct for the game as you’ve ever seen. But Petersen says it’s a balance between natural instinct and a commitment to learn football inside out from an early age. “I don’t think a guy is just born and sees the field,” said Petersen. “It’s the nature versus nurture thing. Kellen’s been around so long, he’s seen a lot of things that have helped him develop his instincts to this point.”
Boise State’s game at Wyoming won’t be on “the mtn.” in September like it was four seasons ago. But that’s just lateral news to local TV viewers, as it’s been picked up by CBS College Sports. They’re calling it another “national telecast” for the Broncos, who already have six on ESPN or ESPN2. But it doesn’t count, since so many people are unable to pick it up on basic cable. Same with ESPNU. Maybe somebody will save the day and work out a deal with CBS College Sports to carry it mainstream in Boise, just like the BSU-Southern Miss game on that network in 2008.
Telecasts don’t get any more national on cable than a Monday night on ESPN—in this case the Boise State-Virginia Tech game on Labor Day. And the Hokies open spring football today as they begin a quest for a seventh straight 10-win season. Andy Staples of SI.com looks at Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans as a possible ACC comeback player of the year. Evans was a much-hyped back going into last season, until he tore his ACL in fall camp. Ryan Williams promptly stepped up and led the ACC in rushing with 1,625 yards and 21 touchdowns. “This spring, Hokies coaches can have fun drawing up plays for both backs,” wrote Staples.
Renowned recruiter Leon Rice’s first challenge as Boise State’s new head basketball coach is to keep one of the recruits the Broncos have already signed. Nick Jezierny of the Statesman reports that Rice flew to Wisconsin to meet with 7-footer Ben Mills last night. Mills had asked to be released from his letter of intent after Greg Graham was fired, and BSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier refused, at least until the new coach was hired. Now it will play out as it should—the two sides will see if they’re still a good fit for each other, and go from there.
The Alaska Aces had not lost at home in regulation in 13 games dating back to January 9. That changed last night when the Idaho Steelheads came to town. The Steelheads blanked the Aces 2-0 in Sullivan Arena behind goalie Richard Bachman, who stopped all 25 shots he faced to pick up his fourth shutout of the season. The Steelies will face an even more inspired Alaska team tonight, as the Aces still need one win to clinch a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs next week. "Mentally, we want to get it out of the way, do it (tonight) and not look ahead,'' said Aces winger Curtis Fraser in the Anchorage Daily News. "Just get our two points.'' The Steelheads got their 100 points with last night’s victory—they now have an ECHL-best 101 on the season.
One of the angles going into the Idaho Stampede’s final three games of the season was going to be a possible sayonara for Boise hoops icon Roberto Bergersen. But it’s looking like Bergersen will not only sit out tonight’s contest against Rio Grande Valley in Qwest Arena, he may not suit up this weekend for the two games against the L.A. D-Fenders. The former Boise State star injured his back before the three-game series at Utah and did not play last week. Before that Berto was plagued by a virus-like illness—he’s logged just 12 minutes combined since February 10.
“Remember those days of teen angst, when one day you woke up and the pimples disappeared, and how good you felt?” asked Boise State men’s tennis coach Greg Patton going into yesterday’s match at 23rd-ranked Pepperdine. “Well, I am getting those feelings right now.” Patton’s bubbly optimism was justified to the bitter end, as Broncos made the dual last through a 7-5 third set at No. 5 singles before falling to the Waves, 4-3. Boise State heads for Westwood today to face ninth-ranked UCLA.
This Day In Sports…March 31, 1997:
Without scoring a basket in overtime, Arizona wins its first national championship with an 84-79 win over Kentucky. The ‘Zona Wildcats set an NCAA title game record by making 34 free throws, 14 of them from MVP Miles Simon. The Cats also became the first team to knock off three no. 1 seeds on their way to a title, beating Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky—the three winningest programs in college basketball history.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)