As the 2012 college football season commenced, Joe Southwick found himself standing at the bottom of an extremely tall and treacherous mountain. Behind him lay three years of accumulated history and lessons as a redshirt, and then backup, to school legend Kellen Moore.
In front of the newly appointed starting quarterback stood the enormous and intimidating peak of his former teammate's shadow and phenomenal success. To say Southwick would be facing a nearly impossible climb would be an overwhelming understatement—to say the least.
Kellen Moore wasn't just another college football player. He was something special. He was one of those players that come around only so often, and when they depart, they leave a space so big that the vacuum created is beyond understanding.
However, nature abhors a vacuum, and something has to fill it. Enter, Joe Southwick.
Faced with the impossible task of following one of college football's best quarterbacks to ever play the game, Southwick strapped on his cleats and began the ascent.
In 2012, it has been, at times, rocky for the junior, but he has also had his share of impressive moments and successes. Let's look back at what he has done, and forward to the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, and what it might mean for his future.