Coach Pete lets players have a little fun, Southwick sports No. 99 at practice

Coach Pete lets players have a little fun, Southwick sports No. 99 at practice

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 10:05 AM

BOISE -- With just two practices left on the spring schedule, the Boise State football found a way to liven things up on Thursday.

When the Broncos took the field inside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, almost every single player was sporting a different digit than the one that appears next to their name on the official roster.

For example, wide receiver Kirby Moore (No. 34) swapped jerseys with linebacker Blake Renaud (No. 13), center Matt Paradis (No. 65) traded tops with safety Jeremy Ioane (No. 10), while starting quarterback Joe Southwick wore the No. 99.

“It’s like we’re back in elementary school,” said head coach Chris Petersen with a laugh. “They think it’s great to change jerseys and change colors and change numbers.”

Maybe the most comical switch of them all happened between cornerback Bryan Douglas and left tackle Charles Leno. At 5-foot-9 166-pounds, Douglas was swimming in the No. 78, while Leno, who is listed at 6-foot-4 294-pounds, had to squeeze into the No. 1.

“We let them have their fun as long as they practice hard,” Petersen added with a smirk.

Thursday’s session was the final open practice this spring. Following the annual Blue and Orange Spring Scrimmage on Saturday, the Broncos will wrapped up camp with a closed practice on Monday.

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