Posted March 12, 2013 on AP on Fox

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos celebrates after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10 during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Chris Petersen and his staff are back at work this week with one big goal in mind: Filling key holes in a Boise State defense that was among the nation's best last season. The list of open spots is extensive. The Broncos are looking for two starting cornerbacks and a nickelback in the secondary. Up front, Petersen is looking for a pair of young or inexperienced players to emerge at linebacker and another on the line. The first chance to make a good impression started Monday - the first of 14 practices. Petersen said Monday he's excited to see players compete on a defense that lost six starters. Petersen also said he's impressed with the improvement of senior quarterback Joe Southwick, who led the Broncos to a 11-2 record last year.
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