Joe Southwick Named Starter
Joe Southwick was named as the staring QB for Boise State today.
Can’t say it surprised me considering the separation I saw last Saturday during their open scrimmage. Joe looked like he was on top of things (but still needs to learn a bit about composure), while the other quarterbacks – including the over-hyped (at this point) Nick Patti – looked OK at best. Joe Southwick does have the qualities you want in a QB – size, leadership, good arm, and apparently enough smarts to understand the complicated BSU playbook. I think he will do just fine.
While Nick Patti looked great during the spring game – after being here less than six months – I am guessing most of what he showed was pretty impromptu. Now that he is expected to be able to run more than a couple simple plays from the playbook – with all of the QB determined options involved – he’s going to have to go through the paces of the learning curve that all BSU quarterbacks go through (even Kellen Moore).
What did surprise a little was the timing of the announcement. I thought coach Pete would announce 5 minutes before the kickoff next Friday, but I guess he wanted to eliminate that distraction for this next week.
Joe Southwick Quotes
Here’s a few quotes from the Idaho Statesman from Joe and Pete.
Petersen on Southwick: "He knows the stuff. He knows our system inside and out. And like we've said, there's a lot there. And we'll always pare our system to play to our quarterback's strengths and how much a guy can actually learn and assimilate will dictate our game plans. But mentally, we can do as much with Joe as anybody we've had at this point."
Petersen on Southwick: "The next move is for him to go onto the games and gain confidence. Unfortunately for us and for Joe, this probably isn't a great team to go against and gain confidence."
Southwick on spring ball: "It was definitely a little different. I think it was pretty exciting for me, a chance for me to step up and show what I can do with the first team. This is a new era almost for Boise State."
Southwick: "That's something Coach Pete and me have talked about, limiting turnovers and not taking sacks -- those are two categories in college football and the NFL that dictate a lot of what happens in a football game. If we can improve in those two areas, we'll have a shot."
Southwick, asked about Petersen's comment that his competitiveness was a strength and a weakness: "There's no doubt I'm a very competitive person by nature. But you're right -- sometimes I need to be able to restrain that a little bit."
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