Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Southwick silenced many critics on Saturday, but he also proved he has some room to grow.
Two things stood out as the game progressed against Miami-Ohio. They are two of the same issues Southwick had against Michigan State.
First, when the Broncos are in the red zone it appears that Joe struggles with the soft touch. His mid-level and deep passes have serious velocity with accuracy, but down close he struggles to give it the right amount of finesse needed to drop the ball where his receiver needs it to be.
Against the RedHawks Southwick overthrew a wide-open receiver on what would have been a touchdown and then turned around the next play and threw an interception. He did the same thing against Michigan State.
Coach Petersen compensated for that by later using running plays close, which seemed to fix the problem. However, that can only be a temporary fix because teams will key on that.
The other issue that Southwick had actually seemed to get better as the game went on. Early in the contest it looked like the junior quarterback would lock on a single target without looking at his other options.
Later in the game however, especially the second half, Southwick was getting more comfortable and reading the defense much better. His performance just got better and better as the minutes rolled off the clock.
As the game progressed it was clear that Boise State's quarterback was proving why coach Petersen chose him to lead the offense, even if he doesn't know how to slide.
Watching his performance against Miami it's clear that Joe Southwick is the real deal and has the very real potential of being a great quarterback. If he can solve a couple of issues and gain even more confidence he is going to be something very special.
On the day Southwick threw for 304 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He completed 24 passes on 31 attempts for a 77.4 percent completion rate and a 174.6 quarterback rating.
Folks, those are...ehem...Kellen Moore-type numbers. Uncomfortable hearing that? Well, if people are going to constantly keep him in Moore's shadow, then it is only fair to give him credit when credit is due.