BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 24: Joe Southwick #16 of the Boise State Broncos looks for a receiver against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bronco Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
The Boise State quarterback position will be on everyone's mind, in everyone's ears, in front of everyone's eyes, and maybe even around the noses this football season. Who knows who will be starting or who will be making an impact or who will be riding pine. No one knows, but everyone can guess.
I enlisted the help of Drew and ce'sped azul to name a QB to watch this coming season. Somehow, none of us managed to choose Nick Patti.
He is no one's first choice to start at quarterback, except for maybe me. But that's okay. I have seen enough football to know that a strong arm, mobile legs, and a working brain can take you far as a college quarterback. (I also saw Laughrea at the spring game and am giving him a do-over.) Since none of us really know where the QB race is headed or who has the lead, it's all guesses anyway. I like guessing that the Broncos will select a four-year starter, and Laughrea, a redshirt freshman with a year of Bronco football studying under his belt, fits that bill.
Hedrick was Nick Patti before we knew who Nick Patti was - a smart football player who runs fast and got it done in high school. The main difference between the two being that no one is currently still riding the Hedrick train (the last train-as it were-to Clarksville). Patti may be a step faster and have better credentials (he played at the highest division school in Florida, was an Elite 11 finalist), but I still think it's a mistake to discount Hedrick. He's a coaches son and he has 2 years in the program under his belt. I liked what I saw from Hedrick in 2011 when he was our speed option QB. I think if Patti redshirts, we'll see a lot of Hedrick in special packages...or maybe he'll start-it's a wacky world!
Last year in the season opener against Georgia with Kellen Moore perfectly healthy, Grant Hedrick ran multiple plays behind center. Coaches had the utmost confidence in the then Redshirt Freshman signal caller running read option and wildcat plays. Passing, on the other hand, wasn't his strength (he only threw 3 passes in the eight games he appeared in.) With another year of experience under his belt, he will surely see the field more this year. I am guessing he'll be the change-of-pace quarterback in a role just behind Southwick and be a major part of the running game with 10-15 plays per game.
Which quarterback do you think could have a big impact? Which one is your QB to watch? Share your thoughts in the comments.