Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick took over the reins of the Bronco offense under circumstances that were not the best. He was the next QB under center following NCAA record-setter Kellen Moore. Filling those shoes was hardly an easy chore.
The good news for Southwick, though, is that he played 98 percent of the games under center during the regular season, with only backup Grant Hedrick seeing minimal time in replacement. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea didn’t set foot on the field in the regular season.
And because the Bronco offense was a shade of its former self, all bets are off that Southwick will be the guy in 2013. After all, he was pushed for the job by true freshman Nick Patti. Patti has had a year to train, learn and mature.
The Broncos have had a verbal commitment from a 6’4” quarterback out of Arizona named Ryan Finley, but coach Chris Petersen might be loathe to start a true freshman unless there is no way he cannot start him.
There are many things going on, and a lot can change in the next 8-9 months. Keeping that in mind, let’s look at some of the reasons why Patti may be positioned to snag the job of helming the Bronco offense while relegating Southwick to a backup role.