As of a week ago, Boise State looked to have its new starting quarterback to replace Kellen Moore. In a four-player race, junior Joe Southwick was all but officially given the title.
“When we make the decision, we’ll tell everybody,” coach Chris Petersen 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.”
Considering everything analyzed; officially, Southwick has been named the Broncos’ starter for next week’s game against Michigan State.
Petersen announced the decision on Sunday.
“It feels great,” Southwick said. “To finally be named a starter, it’s a great privilege. There’s been a great line of quarterbacks here for a long time. To be one of those guys next in line is a great privilege and a lot of responsibility.”
“It’s a great opportunity for Joe. We’re really excited for him. He’s been here going on four years now. He knows our system very well. He’s prepared really hard,” Petersen added. “And he’s really earned this opportunity. He just needs to now go out and play and be the player that he knows he can be.”
Southwick was Moore’s primary backup last season, connecting on 23-of-30 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Grant Hedrick begins the season as the backup and redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea is the third-string QB.
Southwick will be playing opposite Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who is also making his first start. More directly, though, Southwick will begin the season against one of the most-hyped defenses in the nation led by defensive end William Gholston.
Not exactly a cupcake for Southwick, who measures in at 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds, and the 17 new starters that make up Boise State’s 2012 team.