POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2012
Two games into the 2012 season, the Boise State Bronco with the second-most snaps at quarterback is . . . wide receiver Chris Potter?
Potter, a senior who was an option quarterback in high school in California, took six snaps running the wildcat Saturday against Miami (Ohio).
Those plays generated 36 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown for tailback D.J. Harper.
Potter held the ball so long that he was 3 yards past the line of scrimmage when he finally flipped to Harper, who cruised into the end zone.
“I just told him, ‘Hey, it might be annoying, but wherever I go just follow me. I might throw it out at the last second,’ ” Potter said. “That’s what happened. ... Honestly, I was hoping he was out there. I didn’t see him at first.”
Potter has been running the option since Pop Warner, he said.
“It’s something I feel comfortable with, and I’m glad the coaches feel comfortable with me back there,” he said.
The Broncos, who play Brigham Young today, like to use different players at quarterback to run the wildcat because of their athletic ability and to avoid exposing the starting quarterback to additional hits.
Third-string quarterback Grant Hedrick operated a package of plays last season but coaches are hesitant to use him this year because he’s the backup. Hedrick was injured on one of his plays last season.
“We think about it a little bit more,” coach Chris Petersen said. “Still, you’ve gotta let the guys play.”
Sometimes starting quarterback Joe Southwick stays on the field when Potter runs the wildcat, which disguises the Broncos’ intent until they break the huddle. Other times, Southwick exits and Potter calls the play in the huddle.
“Chris is a very versatile guy,” offensive coordinator Robert Prince said. “We want to take advantage of his skill set.”
Football game moved because of wildfire smoke
Central Washington University says thick smoke from wildfires has prompted it to move Saturday’s home football game against Azusa Pacific University from the CWU campus in Ellensburg, Wash., to a stadium in a Seattle suburb.
CWU athletics director Jack Bishop says his school made the move because air quality in the Kittitas Valley is projected to be in the “hazardous range.”
TCU’s leading rusher James out for season
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School spokesman Mark Cohen said Wednesday that James sustained a season-ending injury.
The school didn’t release further details. Jones appeared to get hurt in the fourth quarter of Big 12 newcomer TCU’s 20-6 win at Kansas on Saturday. He clutched his knee after making a cut on a run.
Kent State beats Buffalo
Dri Archer ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Kent State beat 23-7 on Wednesday night in Buffalo, N.Y.