Golden Nuggets: Kyle Boehm Vies for Meaningful Playing Time at Quarterback

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Boehm hopes his performance this spring is strong enough that the coaches can build a package of plays around his skills.

San Jose native Kyle Boehm has been waiting a long time to earn some meaningful playing time for the Bears.

A less patient young man might have transferred. Not Boehm.

"I thought about it," he said. "I didn't want to make the switch (to another school). I love it here in Berkeley. I love my teammates. It would have been a shame if I transferred."

As a nimble and effective runner, he brings more versatility to the position than incumbent Jared Goff.

"I'd like to be utilized as much as I can be," Boehm said. "I think I can be a difference-maker in the offense. That's why I'm so excited about the spring. I'm getting reps to show what I can do. I hope it transfers over to the fall."

His coaches are trying to get Boehm to the point in his development where they can design a package of plays to take advantage of his physical skills as a runner while maintaining the ability to throw the ball.

"He's doing OK," offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said. "He has a dimension that could be really good if we can get him where he's efficient throwing the ball. If he could be more consistent as a thrower so we could trust that part of his game, we could put a package in."

Although he'll have to improve his consistency if he wants to earn a more prominent role.

"He's not good enough today," Franklin said. "That's the biggest thing. For us to have a role for him, he'll have to be more consistent."

He'll get his chance during this weekend's spring game, which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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