Boise State, TCU and BYU all had scrimmages this past weekend. Here are a few notes:
Boise State: The backups had their time to shine in the Boise State scrimmage on Saturday. Running back Malcolm Johnson, who recently returned to the team, had 10 carries for 41 yards and scored on a 9-yard run. Kellen Moore was 7-of-12 for 116 yards and threw two touchdowns in red zone drills. The kicking competition appears to be a two-man race between Dan Goodale and Michael Frisina. Also, Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman reports the Broncos are going to use a six-man rotation at receiver: Tyler Shoemaker, Chris Potter, Mitch Burroughs, Geraldo Boldewijn, Kirby Moore and Matt Miller.
BYU: The first-team offense played just one series and the first-team defense did not play at all in BYU's final scrimmage of preseason camp. There are just two open starting spots up for grabs: left guard and cornerback. Freshman Ryker Mathews and Houston Reynolds are vying for the guard spot; Preston Hadley and Joe Sampson are competing for one starting cornerback job, while Corby Eason, Robbie Buckner and Jordan Johnson are competing for the other spot. Coach Bronco Mendenhall also said the backup quarterback job is too close to call between Riley Nelson and James Lark.
TCU: Coach Gary Patterson might be dipping into his motivational tricks bag. After the Horned Frogs scrimmaged Saturday, he said it was not a sure thing that Casey Pachall would start against Baylor in Week 1. Pachall missed a few days of practice with a sore shoulder, and Patterson says that impacted his player. Matt Brown had a better day in the scrimmage and the two are "neck and neck."
"The time being out hurt Casey," Patterson said. "Matt got a lot better. That's what you do. You don't worry about the guy that's not here. You make the next guys better; that's what big programs are about."
Also in the scrimmage, running back Ed Wesley hurt his arm, but Patterson did not know the extent of the injury.