When it comes to the offense of Boise State in 2012, to say it has been a disappointment would be an understatement. Yes, the Broncos have won the vast majority of their games, but the competition has not been of the top-tier FBS variety.
Moreso than the offense winning games outright, it has been the defense that has position Boise State to win. A couple of late-season lopsided victories have boosted the Broncos’ average scoring output per game to 29.6, from the 25 points per game it had been averaging for most of the season.
The quarterback slot, manned by Joe Southwick, has only thrown for 215 yards per game. Considering that Boise State has one of the best units of wide receivers in the Mountain West Conference, that is rather pedestrian. Southwick also has only 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
Grant Hedrick, a redshirt sophomore, is the only other quarterback of the four on the roster to see any field time, and that has been extremely limited. To complicate matters, Boise State has a fifth quarterback who has verbally committed to the program who is a pro-style passing quarterback.
Forget the commitment, for the moment, and ask a simple question—can Boise State afford to carry four quarterbacks on the roster with a fifth in reserve? Especially when one of the four redshirted but will be active in 2013 and another, a redshirt freshman this season, has yet to take a game snap? The answer is likely no. So what do you do with a stable of quarterbacks that won’t see much field action.
Staggering them to play backup to probable starters is OK, but most high school football players don’t go to college to ride the pines if they are scholarship athletes. They want to play. What has to be asked at that point is are they good enough to play at the collegiate FBS level? If not, what do you do with them?
Boise State will lose three of its five starting offensive linemen in 2013, its fullback, starting running back and three wide receivers. The Broncos should be fine at the running back position and at wide receiver. The competition for the starting quarterback slot should heat up the moment the season and bowl game is over.
It will be fun to watch.
So, looking down the road, barring injury, let’s look into an often muddy crystal ball and look at the race for the starting job as the Broncos' starting quarterback in 2013.