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Moore or less, Boise State has its new starting QB

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Of the 17 — 17! — offensive and defensive starters Boise State lost from last season’s 12-win squad, the departure of quarterback Kellen Moore figures to be the one that will most impact the Broncos in 2012 as they enter their final season in the Mountain West.

Technically it’s been a four-horse race since the beginning of the spring to replace the greatest quarterback in the school’s history, although it’s been expected that junior Joe Southwick would emerge from the signal-calling scrum as Moore’s shoe-filler.

In an article with the partial headline of “Southwick looks like favorite for starting job at scrimmage,” the Idaho Statesman writes that the presumptive leader “looks like the clear favorite” to replace Moore after taking all of the snaps with the first-team offense in a scrimmage Saturday.

Petersen even heavily intimated after the scrimmage that the thinking of both the paper and the fans regarding the QB competition is headed in that general direction.

“When we make the decision, we’ll tell everybody,” he said. “You guys know as much as I do how (Southwick) did. You saw what I saw. There’s some good stuff, but we’ve got to go put the tape on and analyze everything.”

Sophomore Grant Hedrick, redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea and true freshman Nick Patti are the other three players involved in the competition, with the former taking all of the first-half snaps with the second-team offense.

Southwick served as Moore’s main backup last season, completing 23 of his 30 pass attempts for 198 yards, one touchdown and one interception.  Hedrick is the only other of the foursome to throw a pass at the collegiate level.

Petersen has given no timeline for a decision on a starting QB.  The No. 24 Broncos open the season at No. 13 Michigan State Aug. 31.

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3 Responses to “Moore or less, Boise State has its new starting QB”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    I have rooted for Boise in every game I have ever watched them play (I love underdogs). So don’t take me wrong when I say this. How can a team that lost 17 starters be ranked and teams like Notre Dame, BYU and Auburn not be ranked in the AP poll? FYI – As a B1G fan I will be pulling for MSU 0n 8-31.

  2. malbosia says: Aug 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    @ brutusbuckeye2011

    I follow Boise St closely and I feel that they are ranked appropriately. Boise lost a lot of starters but return many players who have significant playing time. With all of the formations Boise runs and the large 4th quarter leads many backups had the opportunity to get game experience. But the main reason…Chris Petersen.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: Aug 19, 2012 4:59 PM

    ND hasn’t done anything in years. BYU hasn’t done much better. Auburn may come around this year. Who knows. Boise State has been very good for years. I for one am sick of hearing about ND. They even say they are more interested in how they are so infinitesimally better at higher scores on the IQ test. They do not think football is as important. So at the end of the year, maybe we can find out how many people from ND just found the cure for something. We have all been told no other school compares. I would be very happy if I never heard football and ND in the same sentence until they start learning how to play the game. After all who worries about MIT, Harvard or Yale when it comes to football. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!

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