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The top-secret absolute confidential and covert quarterback competition is underway. Or, at least we think it is. No one has seen any of the four competing for this spot since early March. Rumor is they have been taken to a secret underground base located somewhere in the Owyhee Mountains.
Okay, it's not that bad, but coach Petersen is keeping a tight lid on the biggest position competition perhaps in Boise State history. However, no one can blame him. One of the reasons coach Petersen has to love coaching in Boise is the respectful attitude of most in the local media.
Petersen did not want to turn this battle into a circus, and so far, so good.
All four guys, Joe Southwick, Grant Hedrick, Jimmy Laughrea and Nick Patti, look great. Southwick looks like a veteran. He is making plays and looks to have the confidence needed to command the Broncos offense.
Coach Petersen spoke about Southwick's progress in the Idaho Statesman, and he did it in the way only coach Petersen can. He complimented the guy without letting his head get too big.
"Joe knows the most and just in terms of running the show and managing the game he was probably the best there,” he said. “Was he exactly where we need him to be? No. And he’d tell you that, too."
Hedrick and Laughrea look impressive as well, but so did the newcomer Nick Patti. Coach Petersen talked about them as well.
"Did Nick make some plays? Yeah, and so did Jimmy Laughrea and Grant Hedrick. And both those guys had plays they’d love to have back."
So, if we were reading between the lines and trying to decipher every sentence coach Pete is saying, it sounds like Southwick is in the lead with perhaps Patti second.
But, coach Petersen might also be keeping his cards close to his chest, so it's anyone's guess.