It was not so long ago, only just a half dog year or so, that one Danville denizen named Joe enrolled at BSU. This was no ordinary Joe, however. Sorry, bad writing getting worse.
I have included a link for those who do not recall.
Recall what? Recall that Southwick was ranked the 23rd best QB recruit in the nation coming out of high school. Ranking, shmanking, I know. That said, one cannot deny this means he must have played well enough in high school to earn distinction, national recognition.
Joe's talent, his potential did not disappear in the last three years. Hardly. Rather it has been nurtured, cultivated and sharpened under the tutelage of a former BSU QB and future BSU OC/HC/Mayor who shall remain as nameless as he will left-handed. Joe is ready to take the reins. He could not have been better prepared over the past three years for this moment. For Friday night
For those who have been disenchanted with Southwick's play, his career numbers (40-54, 400 yds, 2TD, 1 INT) are numbers I would take form that spot most any day. And, before you talk about his command of the huddle, or his presence on the field, or his execution....this was never his team...until now. Even before the last scrimmage, his job was not secure. If Patti or Hedrick or that other young gun whose name sounds not like it's spelled had blown the doors off the stadium, Joe would be sitting again. Now, only just this past week, did he inherit the finely-tuned machine that is BSU football. I expect his confidence to soar and his play to follow.
He has not played much more than a snap or two in any "real game" situation. His play came at times when the outcome was already decided and the BSU playbook was all but closed. BSU doesn't run up the score, he was not being told to throw downfield consistently...if at all.
I am nearly certain a different Joe will take the field Friday, a Joe we've not yet seen, and a Joe we will roundly embrace.
Can't wait. Go Broncos!
(PS, still looking for people to get on our party van (we've downsized from a bus, sadly) from Chicago to East Lansing. Two spots remain)