Sunday, April 13, 2014

Broncos Conclude Spring Practice

An energetic crowd of nearly 15,000 came out to see the new-look Bronco football team in its annual Blue-Orange Game in Bronco Stadium.  The crowd first paid tribute to fallen All-American and College Hall of Fame member Randy Trautman, who died last fall at the age of 54.

Bryan Douglas grabbed the opening kickoff in the end zone and ran it back for a touchdown to put the Boise State team ahead 7-0.  Quarterback Grant Hedrick then engineered a long drive, capped by a Jay Ajayi one-yard plunge to make it 14-0. 

The defenses on both the Boise State and Bronco teams stiffened, and the Blue went into the locker room with a 14-0 lead. 

Shane Williams-Rhodes scored on a nifty 13-yard run to make it 21-0, before Ryan Finley and Devan Demas hooked up on an 82-yard pass play for the Orange team's only score.

Ajayi led all running backs with 70 yards on 10 carries.  Demas finished with 86 receiving yards out of his running back position, while SWR had nine receptions for 81 yards and two rushes for 34 yards and the touchdown.

Hedrick finished 15-23 for 144 yards, while Finley was 10-12 for 128 yards and a TD and Thomas Stuart completed 6-9 for 29 yards.  Hedrick looked most polished among the QB's, although his great running ability was taken away from the rule that quarterbacks could not run.  Defensive players were credited with several sacks in which Hedrick easily could have gotten away.  Finley impressed in his first action in front of Bronco fans with a quick release.

Defensively, Blake Renaud was all over the field, displaying some excellent hits and a team-high six tackles with two sacks.  Corey Bell had 1.5 sacks, while Darren Lee registered a sack and an interception and Dionza Blue added a pick.

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